ART Grand Prix is pleased to announce Nikola Tsolov as one of their 2023 FIA Formula 3 championship drivers. Born in 2006, the young Bulgarian is one of the spearheads of a generation of drivers who is capable of a rapid progress in their education for a future career in single-seater racing.
After starting his career in karting in 2016 at 9 years old, Nikola won his first national title on the first attempt. From there he shone in the best categories of karting, notably winning the WSK Mini Open Cup in 2019, becoming vice-champion of the OK WSK Final Cup in 2021, the same year in which he ranked 3rd in the very selective ‘Champions of the Future OK’.
Nikola continued with single-seaters in 2022 and dominated the Spanish Formula 4 championship with 12 victories and 17 podiums from 15 races, together with 15 pole positions from a possible 21.
Alongside his competitive season in Spanish F4, Nikola successfully participated in the Formula 3 off-season testing session at the Jerez circuit with ART Grand Prix.
Nikola Tsolov: “It’s a pleasure for me to be stepping up to FIA F3 next year with ART Grand Prix. They’ve been very successful in every championship they’ve competed in and a lot of F1 drivers have been a part of the team. So, I’m super happy to start our journey!”.
Sébastien Philippe: “Although it was his debut in F3 and with ART Grand Prix, during the Jerez test Nikola confirmed his ability to adapt quickly and well to a new environment as well as getting the most out of the car. His natural speed is reinforced by a great thirst for learning and by remarkable seriousness and determination for such a young age. Nikola fits the profile of the young drivers ART Grand Prix takes under its wing and, in the wake of the team securing the FIA Formula 3 with Victor Martins, we want to lay the foundations for a strong line-up, one that is capable of fighting for victory from the very first race of 2023”.