Renault has confirmed the China's Ye Yifei has joined its junior academy for the 2019 season.
Yifei is the second Chinese driver that has joined the programme in 2019, as compatriot Guanyu Zhou is also part of the academy. Yifei will compete in the FIA Formula 3 championship this year with Hitech.
Along with Zhou, he joins Anthoine Hubert, Victor Martins, Christian Lundgaard, Max Fewtrell and Caio Collet at Renault.
“It’s a real honour to join the Renault Sport Academy. Over the years I have seen its members go on to achieve great things in racing," he said. "It gives incredible support in all areas; physical training, working with world-class engineers, media experience and career guidance.
"Of course I also know the importance and privilege of working with a global brand such as Renault and I am looking forward to honouring their reputation with some strong results this year and in the future. I will be working hard to reach Formula 1 with Renault F1 Team one day.”
Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul added: “We have been watching Ye Yifei for some time. He has impressed us with his results in all categories, plus his ability to integrate into any racing or cultural environment.
"For us, his future is promising and we are looking forward to guiding the next stages of his career as he continues his progress through the ranks. We are also pleased to be able to further promote Chinese interests in motorsport along with our partner Renault China and DRAC.”