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The Formula 1 grid has never featured a driver from Réunion Island. Reshad de Gerus is aiming to re-write history.

Although still only 17-years-old, his racing record has earned him the support of the governing body of French motorsport and, unsurprisingly, a reputation as a potential F1 star of the future.

This season, the talented youngster will face the biggest – and most exciting – challenge of his career so far as he graduates to the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

After two seasons turning heads in the French F4 Championship and 2020 spent fine-tuning his skills in the Formula Renault Eurocup, Reshad is ready for FIA Formula 3 Championship competition.

He is racing for Charouz Racing System and will compete across seven events and 21 races – all of which will support Formula 1.

Hailing from Réunion Island, Reshad has always had a burning desire to represent his homeland at the highest level in motorsport. F1 is his ultimate career target.

His talent and ambition shone from the moment he first drove a kart aged five-years-old, leading to a successful programme of kart races in Réunion. This propelled his career to the next level, resulting in race wins and P2 in the French Junior Karting Championship. These successes marked him out as a star in the making.

His dedication and potential led to Reshad being inducted into the prestigious Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA) Academy. Run by the governing body of French motorsport, the FFSA provides a unique driver development programme – on and off the track – that has supported young drivers reach their potential.

Academy graduates include current F1 driver Pierre Gasly, two-time Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne, and four-time IndyCar Champion Sébastien Bourdais.

With the backing of the Regional Council of Réunion and the island-based Colipays business, Reshad moved into single-seater racing in 2018 and scored an impressive P2 finish in the French F4 Junior Championship with four wins and 16 podiums.

With the continued support of the FFSA, a second F4 campaign followed in 2019 and Reshad secured four wins, 11 podiums and two pole positions from 21 races. These results secured P2 in the overall French F4 Championship standings.

Despite the global pandemic disrupting the 2020 season, Reshad was a point-scorer in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Arden Motorsport.

His dedication and potential led to Reshad being inducted into the prestigious Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA) Academy. Run by the governing body of French motorsport, the FFSA provides a unique driver development programme – on and off the track – that has supported young drivers reach their potential.

Academy graduates include current F1 driver Pierre Gasly, two-time Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne, and four-time IndyCar Champion Sébastien Bourdais.

With the backing of the Regional Council of Réunion and the island-based Colipays business, Reshad moved into single-seater racing in 2018 and scored an impressive P2 finish in the French F4 Junior Championship with four wins and 16 podiums.

With the continued support of the FFSA, a second F4 campaign followed in 2019 and Reshad secured four wins, 11 podiums and two pole positions from 21 races. These results secured P2 in the overall French F4 Championship standings.

Despite the global pandemic disrupting the 2020 season, Reshad was a point-scorer in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Arden Motorsport.

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