F2 and F3 racer Matteo Nannini aims to join a Formula 1 academy – hoping to address the dearth of Italian talent at the top level of single-seater motorsport.

Nannini has a famous name for his cousin-once-removed, Alessandro, raced in F1 in the second half of the 1980s, winning the Japanese Grand Prix for Benetton, until a serious arm injury sustained in a helicopter accident in October 1990 ended his career at the age of 31.

Matteo, only 18, is the only driver competing in both the Formula 2 and 3 Championships this year and has tasted victory in the latter series, at the latest round in Hungary, to sit ninth in the standings, albeit a long way behind runaway leader Dennis Hauger of Norway.

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