Arden GP3 driver Niko Kari is set to leave the Red Bull junior team following the end of the year, according to Autosport.

Kari has been a part of their programme since late 2015 and later progressed into the Formula 3 European Championship and into the Formula 1 feeder series.

He has claimed one race victory during this period at the first race of the F3 Imola round in 2016 and has five other podiums in both categories.

Just one of those five has come in the current season as he places 10th in the GP3 drivers’ championship.

The 17-year-old Finn will continue to race with the logo of the Austrians for the final three rounds of the season at Monza, Jerez and Abu Dhabi.

Rumours first emerged over his future at the beginning of the week before he spoke about his plans moving forward at Monza.

“Yeah, it is true, I’m leaving,” he said.

“But it is motorsport, I’ve just got to focus on my own job, keep getting better and just try to find good sponsors and companionships for next year and try to find the money and see what happens.

“He [Helmut Marko] has made the decision, but I can keep the colours of Red Bull until the end of the season and see what happens next year.

“[I’ve] just got to focus on my own job getting good results from the last races of the year, and that’s my main target.”

Kari is joined on the grid for the remainder of the campaign by another Red Bull interest, Dan Ticktum, who starts his GP3 career at DAMS.

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