PREMA Racing have confirmed Chloe Chong as their second of three drivers for the inaugural F1 Academy season, with the British-Canadian making her step up to single-seaters.

Chong began competing in karts in 2013 before making her international debut in the Rotax Max Euro Trophy and the IAME Ladies Cup in France in 2021.

Last year, she participated in the British Kart Championships X30 Junior class and earned herself one of four finalist spots in the FIA Girls on Track Rising Stars Programme.

The 15-year-old racer will now be partnering Bianca Bustamante at the Italian team.

Speaking about the announcement, Chong said she is excited to continue her development as she progresses from karting to single-seater racing.

“This will be my first year in cars and it’s a dream come true to have been given the opportunity to make my debut with such a renowned team as PREMA. I look forward to working with them, both in and out of the car to form some solid foundations and results in F1 Academy.”

PREMA Team Principal Rene Rosin added: “We always relish the chance to welcome new drivers from karting and having Chloe on board for her auto racing debut in our new F1 Academy team is particularly exciting. She has been impressive so far and she demonstrated it through the FIA Girls On Track - Rising Star selections and the FDA Scouting Camp. We think we spotted some great potential in terms of driving and mentality, and knowing that she has so much road ahead makes us confident about our future together.”