Mercedes junior driver Paul Aron is set to drive in the 2022 Formula Regional Asian Championship, with PREMA backing.
Aron, who joined the Mercedes programme in 2019, will drive for the Abu Dhabi Racing team.
Finishing third in the 2020 Italian F4 Championship, he repeated the result in the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship – racing for PREMA in both series.
The series takes place over the next two months, with rounds held at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi in late January, before three consecutive weekends at the Dubai Autodrome, and finally returning to Abu Dhabi at the end of February.
"I'm super happy to announce I will be joining Abu Dhabi Racing and Prema for the 2022 Formula Regional Asian Championship season," said Aron.
"Prema has become like a family to me and I love working with them. We worked really hard last year and I am excited to demonstrate it on track. We have some unfinished business to deal with."
Aron will be facing some strong opposition, with three Ferrari Driver Academy members also taking part. Arthur Leclerc, Dino Beganovic and Italian F4 Champion Ollie Bearman will all be on the grid.
Last year's winner of the series was new Alfa Romeo signing Guanyu Zhou, who took part alongside his F2 campaign. Zhou also drove for the Abu Dhabi Racing team.
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