Franco Colapinto Joins Williams Racing Driver Academy

Argentinian Franco Colapinto has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy and will compete in the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship with MP Motorsport.

Franco joins the Williams Racing Driver Academy following an impressive rookie season in Formula 3 with Van Amersfoort Racing. The 19-year-old Argentinian driver claimed pole position in his debut Formula 3 Qualifying session in Bahrain. This was followed by his maiden victory at the next round in Imola during the Sprint Race.

Franco’s strong run of results also saw him on the podium in Austria, Hungary, Netherlands and wrapped up the season with a win in the Monza Sprint Race. Overall, he scored two wins and five podiums to achieve 76 points and finish 9th in the driver standings.

Franco has an impressive wealth of experience since starting karting at age nine with over 100 race starts including the 24 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His most notable achievements include 2021 Asian Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year, 2019 Spanish Formula 4 Champion and Argentinian Senior and Junior OK Champion in 2018 and 2017 respectively.

As part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy Franco will be immersed with the team both trackside and at the factory in Grove. He’ll work closely with various departments across Williams to hone his skills both on and off the track while conducting simulator work to provide useful feedback for car development.

Franco Colapinto:

“It’s a real honour to join Williams Racing Team as an Academy Driver. They are one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history and I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of my fellow countryman Carlos Reutemann. It’s an incredible opportunity for which I am forever grateful. Thanks to everyone at Williams for putting their trust in me.


“I am also excited to announce that I will be back with MP Motorsport for the 2023 FIA F3 season. I really enjoyed my time with the team in Eurocup and FRECA and we achieved some great results together. The goal is to reach even higher this time. My first year in FIA F3 was all about learning and I will use all the knowledge I’ve gathered to aim for the title next year. I am grateful to everyone who made this possible. Bullet Sports Management, YPF, ROFGO Racing, and of course, my beloved country Argentina. Thank you for all the support. I can’t wait to get the season started.”

Sven Smeets, Sporting Director, Williams Racing:

“We’re delighted to welcome Franco to the Williams Racing Driver Academy. His career achievements since starting karting highlight Franco’s natural ability behind the wheel and what he’s capable of in the years to come. He had a standout rookie season in Formula 3 with several strong performances that led to podiums and wins. We look forward to working closely with Franco to support and nurture his development as a driver.”

Franco Colapinto Race History

2018F4 Spanish ChampionshipDrivex School41202499th
2019F4 Spanish ChampionshipDrivex School21111010133251st
Euroformula Open Championship20000027th
Formula Renault EurocupFA Racing by Drivex400000NC
2020Formula Renault EurocupMP Motorsport202029213.53rd
Toyota Racing SeriesKiwi Motorsport1511283153rd
2021Formula Regional European ChampionshipMP Motorsport1623441406th
Asian Le Mans SeriesG-Drive Racing40333663rd
European Le Mans Series61112744th
FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2200000NC
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP210000N/A7th
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – SilverROFGO Racing with Team WRT100001127th
Intercontinental GT ChallengeTeam WRT100000NC
2022FIA Formula 3 ChampionshipVan Amersfoort Racing182105769th