Christian Mansell will be racing for Charouz Racing System this weekend in Budapest. The Czech team confirmed today that the 17-year-old would be competing in both Rounds 6 and 7 of the season in Budapest and Spa in place of Zdenek Chovanec in the #15 car.
Mansell has been racing in EuroFormula Open this year and is currently second in the Drivers’ standings. He has secured multiple wins and podium finishes already this season, including runner-up results at both the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps.
He has also been victorious around the Ardennes circuit back during his British F3 days.
The Australian driver, racing under a British racing license, said that he was looking forward to the challenge of jumping into Formula 3 and that he hoped his experience would bode well around both upcoming circuits.
“I’m super excited to be joining FIA Formula 3 with Charouz Racing System," Mansell said. "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to put myself against an incredibly talented grid of drivers and get my name out there racing on the Formula 1 weekends. It will be my first time in the car so there will be a lot to learn from the start, but I like both circuits so I will be able to hit the ground running with those. I’m mega excited and can’t wait to get started this weekend in Hungary.”
Antonín Charouz, the team's owner said that the addition of Mansell for the following two rounds was a challenging opportunity for the young Australian, but that his experience and performances around both circuits puts him in a promising position for his maiden and subsequent outings.
“I’m really happy to welcome Christian in the team and I’m looking forward to see him in the car. He’ll need all of our support to get confident with a single-seater different from the ones he already raced with, but I’m confident that it will happen very naturally and very quickly given how talented he is. The fact that he already had experiences at both Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps is definitely an optimum starting point for his debut. The team and I are really excited to have him on board, I’m sure that he’s excited too and he’ll show everybody what he’s capable of."