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The next 9th of November will be a day to remember for two drivers of the Prema Powerteam stable, as they will be able to move from their Formula 3 Dallaras to the mighty Formula 1 Ferrari that raced in the 2010 World Championship. Eddie Cheever, winner of the 2012 Italian Formula 3 European Series, and Daniel Juncadella, who took the FIA F.3 European Championship honors this season, will line-up for a dream experience behind the wheel of the most renowned Formula 1 cars available.

Thanks to a deal between the two promoters and the Ferrari Driver Academy, awarding a test on the F10 for the best racers of both championships, Cheever and Juncadella will have their first chance to drive a Formula 1 car.

“We’re absolutely happy to have contributed to such a dream achievement for our drivers – said Team Principal Angelo Rosin – they will be experiencing a unique opportunity in a few hours. Eddie is growing up consistently, while Daniel spent the last three years with us and now he’s ready to aim for some top results in the top open-wheel championships”.

Prema PowerteamIt hasn’t been an easy weekend for Prema Powerteam at Imola. The Italian circuit near Bologna hosted the Italian Formula 3 championship and Prema’s team-mates Eddie Cheever and Brandon Maisano had a tough time as they collided in Race 1 after having dominated the front row in Qualifying 1. The Italian had cruised to the pole in front of the Ferrari Driving Academy Frenchman.

After the disqualification of the original race winner – and Prema’s main rival in the hunt for title – due to a technical infringement, the win in race 1 went to Brazilian Henrique Martins, who had ended up in 5th and 6th in qualifying. Maisano finished in 8th, while Cheever was forced to retire. In Race 2, Maisano took third, followed by Cheever and Martins, while in the sprint race Cheever rounded out the top-5, with Martins ending up in 9th and Maisano in 10th.

Cheever is leading the European charts with 202 points, followed by Maisano (199). The Frenchman is on top of the Italian championship though, with 144 points, 8 more than Agostini. Cheever is sitting in third (130).

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“We faced a pretty intense and emotional weekend. It didn’t go as we planned, and some of the things that happened taught us a good lesson for the future. The most important thing is having retained the lead in both championships…”

Facu RegaliaArgentina´s driver will test for two days at Circuit de Catalunya, making his debut with new Campos Racing´s Dallara F312. For Regalia, who is going to contest the European F3 Open this year, means first outing ever with this car.

Facu Regalia goes this week to Barcelona, where there are scheduled both Thursday and Friday tests for European F3 Open. Regalia joins the Winter Tests, after his absence at Algarve and Paul Ricard, and is his first test with new Dallara F312, last F3 car built by Italian manufacturer. This week´s tests are really important because it is mandatory to put miles on the clock.

Argentinean driver, who was fourth last weekend during his maiden race in Auto GP, knows Circuit de Catalunya quite well, from his Formula BMW Europe days. “After my season debut in the Auto GP, at the wheel of Lola B05/52-Zytek, now it is the moment to change my mind and to focus on Formula 3. I haven´t driven a Formula 3 car lately, maybe five months ago, and I will need an adaptation period, and in addition it is a fully new car. My target next two days is easy, getting experience under my belt and to find out how this new Dallara works. I will try, as always, to set a good lap time, but know it is going to be hard”, Regalia explained. Regalia added that “I am suffering a backache from a couple of days on, but I don´t think it will be a problem”.

The Winter Tests kicks off on Thursday and continues on Friday, with four free practice sessions per day.

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Henrique MartinsHenrique Martins will race for Prema Powerteam in the 2012 F.3 Italia series. The Brazilian lined-up in the Eurocup F.Renault in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, at a really young age, he won the South American Formula 3 title in the Light class after having stepped up from the Formula BMW Europe ranks. A pretty impressive CV for a driver who still has to turn 20, one that will enable Martins to be among the series’ top competitors straight out of the box.

Angelo ROSIN – Team Principal:
“Despite his young age, Martins can already count on a wide open-wheel experience. He had the chance to drive several different types of cars and will have no problems in adapting to our FPT-powered Dallara and to our work method.”

Henrique Martins:
“I’m extremely happy to race for the team that won the 2011 Formula 3 Euro Series and the Macau Grand Prix. For me, Prema is the most professional Formula 3 team is Europe. I hope to be able to confirm the expectations that the whole team have in me and I will work really hard to make it happen. This is a great opportunity for me.”

Eddie Cheever will be joining the already-confirmed Brandon Maisano in the PREMA line-up for the Formula 3 Italia 2012. Cheever, son of former F.1 racer Eddie Sr., is back to the series for his sophomore season but, together with Angelo Rosin and His team, is now ready to raise the bar even further.

Born in 1993, he made his open-wheel debut in 2009 by entering the Italian and Swiss F.Renault championship. During the following season, he provided an impressive performance in the F.ACI CSAI Abarth Series before stepping up to an equally positive F.3 season in 2011.

Angelo ROSIN – Team Principal
“Eddie had a very early open wheel start when he was just 15. His improvement is evident when we look at his seasons in F.Renault, Abarth and F.3. He’s now ready to prove his full potential and showcase the experience gathered through a lot of racing activity, thus becoming one of the main stars in this season’s series.”

Eddie CHEEVER Jr.
“I’m very proud of the agreement reached with PREMA POWERTEAM for the 2012 Italian Formula 3 Championship. The team, which is based in Vicenza, is one of the world’s benchmarks in F.3 racing and being part of their group is something that makes me proud and motivated. I cant’t wait to be on-track to start this brand-new program. I hope to gather some great results this season.”

Riccardo AgostiniRiccardo Agostini is ready to face a new challenge. The 17 year old driver from Padova finalised the agreement that will bind him till end of 2012 to JD Motorsport, entering Italian F3 Championship and the new ItaIian F3 European Series which will start this year.

After two brilliant seasons in F.ACI-CSAI Abarth (achieving a win at Imola in 2010 – the very same year of his debut in single-seated racing – and the best position among the Italian drivers in the last season of the Italian series), Agostini aims high once more joining Roberto Cavallari’s team and driving the innovative Mygale powered by Fiat FPT.

An adventure that the young driver and the team from Vespolate will face with the technical support of the French Factory, which is preparing to return in F3 after a year’s absence. A total of eight races in the European Series, six of these also valid for the Italian championship… The first important date will be the 1st of April. The countdown is on and there are still 41 days to the first round which will take place in Valencia. After Spain the next appointments will be Budapest, where on May 6th is scheduled the second race of the European Series, followed by Mugello (June 10), Misano (July 8), Zeltweg (August 5), Imola (September 2), Vallelunga (September 16) and Monza (October 21). It will be a unique international show for a season that promises to be exciting and “long”, with the new format of three races per weekend, accompanied by the dream of Ferrari F1. As a prize to the winner of the title and to the best newcomer of the year will be given the opportunity of a whole-day test-drive with the Maranello car.

“After two seasons in F.Abarth the time was come to go to F.3. – these were the words of Riccardo Agostini – During the winter tests with JD Motorsport I immediately felt at ease. My goal for this year is to gain experience, to master the rookie championship and maybe even “wink” at the overall title”.

“We are happy that we can count on Riccardo Agostini as a driver. – Roberto Cavallari commented – In F.Abarth he has already shown what he got, and personally I am more than certain that even in F.3 he can aim high”.

Brandon MaisanoBrandon Maisano and Prema Powerteam reached an agreement to enter the Italian F.3 Championship together. The French racer, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy project is lining-up for his second straight year in the series, after a successful rookie season brought him two wins, one pole position, six podium finishes and fourth place overall in standings. In just two seasons of open-wheel racing, Maisano has enjoyed some great rides, as he won the 2010 Formula ACI-CSAI Abarth and quickly became one of the most interesting prospects of the international racing panorama.

Angelo ROSIN – Team Principal:
“Maisano is an excellent racer and we’re proud to line him up in the Italian F.3 Championship. He has one full season in the series under his belt and that will definitely enable him to be competitive from the start. He also knows the Dallara-FPT car and the tracks. I must admit that he’s the driver I absolutely wanted with us this season!.”

Brandon MAISANO:
“I’m really proud to enter my second F3 Italia season together with Prema Powerteam – said Brandon – after the season spent as a rookie last year I want to do well since the beginning and try to score some valuable results in this developmental series. I’m sure that, together with Prema, I will grow up a lot and I’m definitely going to be fully-committed in helping them to reach all of their goals. I also want to thank Ferrari Driving Academy as they keep supporting my training as a driver”.

Prema PowerteamPrema Powerteam is ready to enter the seventh round of the 2011 Italian Formula 3 Championship, the penultimate of the season. The location will be one of the World’s best, at Mugello, where the Italian-based team has done great in the past. Last year, Andrea Caldarelli cruised to two pole and two wins, with Raffaele Marciello and Michael Lewis ready to follow in his footsteps. The Italian, part of the Ferrari Drivers Academy, is two points off the lead in the rookie standings, and 16 points off the overall championship’s top spot. Michael Lewis is 6th, with still chances for the Ferrari F.1 test set at the end of the season. Andrea Roda is currently battling for a spot in the series’ top-10, which is quite possible for him seen the progress done so far.

Angelo Rosin, Team Principal
“We’ve always scored good results at Mugello. Last year, our drivers proved unbeatable both times the Italian series came here. The track is world-famous for its fast corners and hills, with changes of elevation that force drivers to keep pushing as hard as they can. Next year, Formula 1 will also come to Mugello for a test session, and that’s a further proof of the skills needed on this circuit. In collective testing our cars were among the fastest and we hope do it all again on race day.”

Facu RegaliaArgentinean-born driver Facu Regalia concluded yesterday his 2011 pre-season, when he is doing his debut in Italian Formula 3, one of the most competitive single seaters championships in Europe. Regalia tested on Tuesday at Franciacorta circuit, located near Castrezzato.

Regalia and his team developed a successful work, lapping eighty nine laps. “In the morning we made different set-up changes because it was important to know how the car behaved. In spite of my set-up was far from perfect, I got a good lap time with worn tires, finishing just two-tenths far from the fastest driver”, explained Regalia. During afternoon, team led by Piercarlo Ghinzani installed usual set-up and which such good results offered him in previous tests. However, “afternoon turned windy and it changed our schedule. I lost straight-line speed, and I couldn´t improve my time in the morning. Anyway, we leave Franciacorta very happy”, added Regalia.

His yesterday best lap-time was 1:05.311, signed in morning session, while in the afternoon 1:05.683 was the reference. Italian Formula 3 championship stars in three weeks time at Franciacorta where, according Regalia, “I think that I will be strong enough. I completed a good pre-season, evolving as Formula 3 driver and I hope to have a good car because my aim is to become the best rookie”.

Facu RegaliaArgentinean driver has got the best time during Italian Formula 3 collective test-day celebrated today at Monza.

Facu Regalia has completed another successful test-day during Italian Formula 3 pre-season, driving his Team Ghinzani´s Dallara-FPT. Nineteen years old driver achieved the fastest time on Thursday, leading by half a second to his teammate.

Regalia, who on Tuesday also tested different evolutions in aerodynamic and set-up areas at Franciacorta, explained at the end of the day: “It was a positive journey for us. There were different reasons, one of them because I finished as the fastest on track but the second reason is that my teammate, Edoardo Liberati, was second. It shows both Team Ghinzani and me are in good shape for the start of the season”.

Developments introduced by Piercarlo Ghinzani´s team in Regalia´s car were effective at Monza, “a track which I was discovering today driving a Formula 3 car, but I was comfortable. It´s a really fast circuit, the type I prefer because they are suitable for my driving-style. My time, 1:46.693, was really good taking into account track conditions and neither team nor I had expected it”.

Pre-season continues next week, on Tuesday, when Regalia is facing first Italian Formula 3 official test-day.