Charouz Racing System has announced that Hunter Yeany and Zdenek Chovanec will replace Enzo Fittipaldi and Reshad de Gerus for Round 5 of the season in Spa, joining Logan Sargeant at the Czech-based side.
Yeany becomes the second American driver in the team, stepping up at just 16-years-old. Yeany has been competing in Formula Regional Americas and Indy Pro 2000 with Velocity Racing Development.
The American was the 2020 US Formula 4 champion, taking the title with a tally of 14 podiums, seven wins and one pole.
“I’m really excited to be joining Charouz for the remainder of the season,” said Yeany. “It’s a big leap for me but it’s also a great opportunity. I know the learning curve in FIA Formula 3 and on the tracks will be high, but the team has worked very hard to make sure I’m prepared.
“It has always been my goal to come to Europe and race, and I want to thank everyone who has made it possible.”
Chovanec – who will drive under a Portuguese licence – hails from Venezuela and has Czech origins. The 17-year-old joins with experience in both the Italian and UAE Formula 4 championships, where he scored two podiums.
The 17-year-old has also previously competed in Asian Formula 3 and is currently running in Euroformula Open.
“I’ve been already impressed by the team as I had the chance to visit them as a guest in Austria and Hungary,” said Chovanec. “I saw how they work and also that the atmosphere inside the box was amazing, they are very professional but at the same time very relaxed.
“Let’s see now what we can do in Spa, we’ll try to do our best, we will learn. I’m really grateful to Antonin Charouz for this incredible opportunity to race in FIA Formula 3.”
Charouz are enjoying their best Formula 3 season to date, sitting sixth in the Teams’ Championship with two podiums and 11 points’ finishes.
Team owner Antonin Charouz added: “I’m happy to join two new young and promising drivers in our team for the 2021 FIA Formula 3 campaign. We’ve shown so far, our cars have great potential and I’m sure we will have a very good second part of the year.
“Of course, Spa-Francorchamps is not the ideal place to make your debut as a driver, as it is one of the most difficult in the world, but our role as a team is to be sure the drivers can feel comfortable in every situation.
“I’m sure Zdenek and Hunter will find themselves very welcomed in the team and we can count on Logan’s experiences and references to support our technicians to achieve the aim of a good overall result.”