Charouz has announced that Ayrton Simmons will replace Hunter Yeany for F3’s 2021 season finale in Sochi, Russia this weekend.
Yeany had been set to complete in the final three rounds for Charouz before ‘logistics’ issues forced F3 organisers to cancel the final round in Austin, Texas, USA, which has meant the season’s climax moving forward four weeks to take place at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia, instead.
That decision consequently meant that Yeany couldn’t participate in the season finale due to US commitments elsewhere, meaning that Charouz has called up current 2021 GB3 Vice-Champion elect, Simmons to take the American’s race seat in Russia from 24-26 September 2021.
Speaking about his move up to F3 with Charouz, Simmons revealed that he is “really looking forward” to his F3 debut and acknowledged the team’s decision to hand him a chance, as he said: ” want to thank the team and also my sponsors for giving me this opportunity e getting me to Sochi.”
The 20 year-old though is yet to drive the current Dallara F3 2019 car nor race on Pirelli tyres so expects a “difficult” Practice initially due to “having limited track time, but we’ll try to learn as much as possible, and I’ll make sure I’ll be as well-prepared as I can to deliver the best possible result.”
Charouz team owner, Antonin Charouz meanwhile expressed his disappointment that Yeany cannot race in Russia, despite accepting that the change of venue was necessary to enable participation of all teams and it was impossible “to reconcile this change with his other commitments in the US.”
Charouz though is “happy” to hand Simmons his first chance in a F3 car, describing the Brit as a “promising” star in the making with experience and is confident that he will quickly get up to speed in Practice in Sochi on Friday.
Simmons began his single-seater racing career in British F4 where he finished runner-up in 2018 before finishing third in 2019 British F3 (now GB3) and also has higher-level experience after racing in 2019 F3 Asia and 2020 EuroFormula.
The Brit is also nominated for 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year alongside nine other finalists.