Argentinian Eric Lichtenstein is the first driver to be announced in Carlin’s GP3 squad for the 2013 season. The 18 year-old arrives fresh from the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain and has already impressed the team with his performance in official testing in recent weeks.

Lichtenstein has been an impressive force in Formula Ford this season, in only his second season of car racing, having competed in Formula Pilota China last year. The Buenos Aires native is the first young talent to have emerged from the Velociudad Driver Management Program (VDM) and a serious prospect for Formula One. Lichetenstein was the top rookie in the UK Formula Ford EcoBoost Championship in 2012 and took 15 podiums including 11 victories on his way to third in the standings.

With already two official tests completed, Lichtenstein has completed three days testing in the GP3 car. The Formula Ford racer finished his first day in the GP3 car eighth fastest in Jerez, before flying back to the UK for the Formula Ford Festival.

Returning to test in Estoril, Lichtenstein was sixth fastest in the dry and also in the wet. The 18 year-old will now look forward to testing the new generation GP3 car next year.

Speaking about the season ahead and his new team, Eric said, “I’m really excited to be joining Carlin for GP3. I’ve had the chance to complete a few days with the team now and feel like everything fits together really well already. Carlin have a great reputation and it’s exciting to look at their past drivers and make the next step in my career with them. GP3 is a very exciting championship and to race on the F1 support package and with the new, more powerful car from next season is extremely exciting.”

Trevor Carlin added, “We’re very happy about Eric joining us for the 2013 season. He has been so impressive in testing so far. Considering that Eric has made the big step up from Formula Ford, the progress he has made in his first experience in an aero car has been very impressive. He has been very trusting of the downforce and seems to have a natural feel for it. Importantly, he also responds very well to direction and the team have been very impressed with his attitude. I think he could be a real revelation next season.”