Omani talent Shihab Al Habsi moves into Euroformula with Drivex

30.07.2020  EFO

Drivex School has added Omani talent Shihab Al Habsi to its Euroformula line-up for the upcoming season, which starts at the Hungaroring on August 7-9.

The 16-year-old has raced in Formula 4 for the last two years in series across Asia and Europe, and has stood on the top step of the podium in races held in India, Spain, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. In 2019 he finished third in the points in his full season in F4 UAE, and finished an impressive fourth and eighth in the standings respectively in his part-time campaigns in South East Asia and Spain.

He returns to the Iberian Peninsula for his graduation to the next level of single-seater racing in Euroformula, with Spanish team Drivex.

Due to travel restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic he was unable to complete a pre-season test in Euroformula’s brand new halo-shod and lightweight Dallara 320, and his first taste of the car will be on track in Hungary.

“Signing with Drivex is a dream come true and I am excited to be competing in the Euroformula Open championship,” said Al Habsi. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped me testing since March and this is my first chance to get back in a race car and try out the new Dallara. I am so lucky to have amazing support from my home country of Oman and my sponsors: Omantel, Oman Oil Marketing and Oman Air. I am determined to have a great season and make everyone proud.”

Drivex has a long history in the Euroformula championship, and has Dutchman Glenn van Berlo signed alongside Al Habsi. Middle Eastern talents have also had a title-winning past in Euroformula..

Team boss Miguel Ángel de Castro said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Shihab to Drivex because he is a youngster who should be considered a huge prospect and we feel sure Drivex will be able to live up to his full potential. Despite his youth, Shihab has gained experience in several top feeder series around the world, in which he proved to have race-winning potential.

“For sure, the Formula 3-based EF Open is another step forward in his racing career with a car generating much more downforce, which is also more physically demanding. It is going to be a real challenge for him but I have no doubts he is ready to take up this new chapter. We feel excited with our pairing of Glenn (van Berlo) and Shihab.”