Carlin has announced that Jake Hughes will return to F3 at this weekend’s Hungarian GP round, racing in place of Kaylen Frederick who is absent with a thumb injury.
Hughes previously raced for HWA Racelab since the current version of F3 launched in 2019, scoring 201.5 points in total across 34 races before making a guest appearance for HWA’s F2 team in Sochi prior to revealing that his future no longer “lies” on the path to Formula One in an exclusive interview.
The 27 year-old however has agreed to stand in for Frederick at Carlin after the American was deemed unfit to race in Hungary, having required surgery after suffering a fracture in which ‘a large piece of bone was pulled off the metacarpal following injury to the UCL ligament’ during Race Two in Austria.
Frederick is now wearing a cast and currently undertaking ‘intense physiotherapy’ in order to be ready to return to his race seat at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium across weekend of 27-29 August 2021, after F3 returns from their summer break.
Speaking on his disappointment to be ruled out through injury, Frederick admitted that his absence isn’t ideal but is pleased to still be present trackside, commenting: “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.”
Hughes in turn praised Carlin Team Principal, Trevor Carlin and Frederick’s sponsors for kindly offering him the seat in Hungary, but has vowed to help both the team and Frederick with his experience despite noting that he needs to get up to speed quickly given the tricky overtaking traditions of Hungaroring.
Trevor Carlin meanwhile described Frederick’s injury as “really unlucky” but is confident that Hughes will be a great replacement, commenting: “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.”