Max, aged 19 and from Birmingham, won the Formula Renault Eurocup in his first season as an Academy driver last year.
In fact he became the third British driver in four years to win the Eurocup crown – succeeding the likes of Llando Norris who will make his debut in F1 this year in a Renault-powered McLaren.
Now under the RSA umbrella, Max has been promoted to the crack ART team’s F3 line-up and faces a season under the glare of some very big names – all 16 rounds on his F3 calendar take place on grand prix weekends (two rounds per weekend)!
These begin at May’s Spanish GP and also include two rounds in front of his home at the British GP at Silverstone in mid-July.
Five more drivers will also be part of the Academy alongside Max including Denmark’s Christian Lundgaard – runner-up to him in last year’s Eurocup standings and who will now be his team-mate in FIA F3.
The others are: France’s GP3 Champion Anthoine Hubert and China’s Guanyu Zhou who will race in FIA GP2 and France’s Victor Martins and Brazil’s Caio Collet (French F4 Champion) who will contest the new-look Formula Renault Eurocup (see separate story).
Renault Sport Academy Director Mia Sharizman said: “I’m confident in the six drivers we have signed for 2019. Each of them has demonstrated the necessary qualities to win races and compete for championships, which underscores the strength of this line-up.
“As the programme grows, we have to be more stringent and the requirements to be a member of the Academy grow stricter. We’re very happy with our approach as we near the time when we aim to have an Academy driver competing for the Formula 1 seat.
“For now, all six drivers have their objectives for this season and we’re excited to see how the racing pans out.”