Javier Sagrera and Álex Palou, together in Eurocup3
The 19-year-old Spanish talent, Javier Sagrera, embarks on a new chapter in his sports career, after two years of intense work in England, where he developed as a motorsport driver.
Sagrera, who participated in the championship's official tests at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia with Palou Motorsport, secured the top spot as the fastest driver on the table.
The 19-year-old Spanish talent, Javier Sagrera, embarks on a new chapter in his sports career after two years of intense work in England, where he developed as a motorsport driver.
During this time, Sagrera established himself as a professional in the British Formula 3, showcasing his talent and skill in the world of motorsport with several podium finishes. Now, with the experience gained in British soil, the Catalan is ready to return to Europe and take on a new challenge.
To do so, he has joined forces with Álex Palou, the Indy Car champion, to participate in the new European championship, Eurocup3, with the recently formed team, Palou Motorsport.
Eurocup3 becomes one of the most important competitions in the European landscape, and Palou Motorsport has prepared thoroughly to demonstrate their worth in this new season. "I am very happy to have a driver like Javier, a homegrown talent in a homegrown team. It's something that excites me a lot because I've known him from our karting days, and now we are working hand in hand both on and off the track. It's a significant challenge for me as well, and I want to give him everything he needs to give his best on the track and compete for the championship. Nothing would make me happier than a local driver winning," says Palou.
On his part, Javier says, "Being part of Álex's team is something I am very proud of and grateful for the opportunity and the belief in me. Working with Álex and learning from him throughout the year will be an advantage that I want to make the most of."
Sagrera began his journey in the world of motorsport in 2015 and quickly achieved victories in the Spanish Championship and Rotax Series. The following year, as a junior, he once again impressed as a rookie by finishing as the runner-up in the Spanish Championship and competing internationally in European and world championships. Later, in the Senior and KZ categories, he continued on the same path, achieving successes at the international level. In 2019, he decided to move to single-seaters, participating in the last meeting of Formula 4, even though he had never driven one before, and finished in the points with an eighth-place finish. 2020 was the toughest year of his career so far, being his first full year in single-seaters, and external performance issues prevented him from giving his all. However, he did not give up and embarked on a new adventure in England, where he spent a total of two years enjoying an outstanding formation in British Formula 3, securing podium finishes and fast laps. This year, he returns to Europe eager to continue showcasing his talent.
The young driver made his debut with Palou Motorsport in the official preseason tests held last week at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where he became the fastest driver on the table. Both he and the team did an excellent job and hope to maintain this level to be at the forefront throughout the season.
"Working with the team during the test days has been very positive. It's a very professional team, and I felt very comfortable. We did a great job, and on the first day, we finished in second place, but we quickly figured out what needed improvement to end the test in the first position," says Sagrera.
"This new Eurocup3 car is much more enjoyable to drive; it's faster because it has aerodynamics inspired by Formula 1, with a rapid cornering speed. I'm happy with the two days of testing and with the championship as there are very competitive drivers and excellent teams. We can't afford to lose focus at all," the driver continues.
"What I like the most is that I will be surrounded by a team of people who are very eager and motivated, starting with Álex's father, and above all, passionate about what they do. It's a stroke of luck, and I'm very excited for the championship to start," Javier concludes.
Additionally, the driver shares his thoughts on the new Eurocup3 championship, created to give the opportunity to those who want to stand out in Europe to move up to the World championship. "I think Eurocup3 is a very good opportunity, especially for me because after two years in England with excellent training, I have had the chance to return to Europe and continue aiming for Formula 1. I believe it will be a good championship with talented drivers and good teams. I like that there are four races in Spain, and we will also be going to circuits that host F1 races, where I hope to compete someday. In general, this championship has many positive aspects, and I can't wait to start and see how things unfold."
The first race kicks off on the weekend of May 6th and 7th at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, and it includes a total of 8 rounds, passing through Motorland, Monza, Zandvoort, Jerez, Estoril, Valencia, and Barcelona.