Jake Hughes will replace Kaylen Frederick at Carlin Buzz Racing for Round 4 in Budapest, with the American driver still recovering from a thumb injury sustained at the previous evenr in Spielberg.
Frederick suffered the injury in Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring and required surgery, with a cast fitted after the procedure. The 19-year-old is now underdoing physiotherapy in preparation for his return to action in Round 6 at Spa-Francorchamps.
Hughes is a three-time winner in Formula 3, racing for HWA RACELAB in 2019 and 2020, and will be able to assist rookie duo Jonny Edgar and Ido Cohen across the weekend. Hughes has past experience with Carlin, racing for the team at the Macau Grand Prix in 2016.
“Thank you to Kaylen’s sponsors and Trevor for thinking of me and asking me to represent them this weekend in Hungary,” said Hughes. “Obviously, every driver wants to be racing, so I’m really looking forward to being back in the car again this weekend.
“I will be working hard to help the team and Kaylen the best I can with my previous experience in the championship. Budapest is a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake on so getting up to speed quickly for qualifying will be key.”
2020 BRDC British Formula 3 champion Frederick has scored one points’ finish for Carlin so far this season, taking ninth in Race 1 at the Red Bull Ring.
“I’m obviously really disappointed not to be racing this weekend, it’s not ideal to miss a whole round in a seven round Championship but we will make the most of it the best we can,” said Frederick.
“I’ll be there with the team, sitting in on engineering meetings and learning as much as I can from outside the car. My rehabilitation is going really well, and I look forward to being back in the car again in Spa, which is an amazing circuit for any driver.”
Trevor Carlin added: “Kaylen was really unlucky to sustain such a painful injury in Red Bull Ring in a relatively innocuous incident. He is in great hands though and his recovery is well underway. We have a very fast and reliable substitute in Jake who I know will work hard to do his best for Kaylen and the team. We’ve worked with him before and he’s a delight both in and out of the car.”