Alex Dunne: Irish driver joins F3 grid with MP Motorsport

Alex Dunne in action at Imola
Alex Dunne topped the final session of the post-season test at Imola in October in his first outing in a Formula 3 car

Ireland teenager Alex Dunne will graduate to the Formula 3 grid in 2024 with MP Motorsport.

Dunne won the British Formula 4 title in 2022 and was runner-up as a rookie in the GB3 Championship last year.

He topped the Formula 3 test at Imola in October and finished on the podium in his first race in the category at Macau in November.

"I'm thrilled to start my first full season of FIA F3 with MP Motorsport", said Dunne, 18.

"They are proven winners in every category that they compete in, and I'm sure that they will use their experience to help me build on my initial experiences with the F3 car in the post-season FIA F3 test at Imola and then at Macau.

"I will be up against the best drivers at this level of single-seater racing, but that's what I'm here for. I relish the challenge ahead and can't wait to get started."

Dunne will be at pre-season testing with the team in Bahrain before the opening round of the season in Sakhir on 1 March.

Formula 3 is the third tier of open-wheel racing and races take place on the same weekends as Formula 1 events.