Mercedes junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli is set to make the step up to FIA Formula 2 in 2024 with the powerhouse Prema Racing squad.
Antonelli joined the Mercedes junior programme in 2019, and raced to title success in the Formula Regional European Championship in 2023, taking five wins on his way to the crown.
The Italian boasts an impressive CV in the junior ranks, having claimed Italian Formula 4, ADAC Formula 4, Formula Regional Middle East and a gold medal in the FIA Motorsport Games since 2022.
His Italian F4 campaign saw 13 wins and 14 poles from just 20 races.
He is set to join Prema for the post-season Formula 2 test in Abu Dhabi.
"I'm very happy for this opportunity," explained Antonelli.
"From Formula Regional to Formula 2, it will be a huge jump. I'm aware that it will be very challenging because the level is really high there.
"It will be a new car for me and the others as well but it's still going to be tough.
"I don't want to set expectations, I will try to learn as much as possible in testing to be ready for the first race, have fun as always, and do a good job.
"I'm delighted to continue with PREMA as I started my single-seater career with them and they are my second family and I love working with them."