Mercedes junior, Paul Aron has replaced Clement Novalak at Trident for the 2023 Formula 2 season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Aron finished third in Formula 3 this season behind eventual champion – Gabriel Bortoleto plus his PREMA teammate and vice-champion, Zak O’Sullivan, in a campaign which saw him take just one win which came in the Austrian Sprint.
The 19 year-old Estonian has also recently raced in the Macau Grand Prix for PREMA, where he recovered from 14th on the grid to finish seventh in the Qualifying Race only to suffer a mechanical failure in the main race which caused a red flag.
Aron now will conclude his season with a step up to F2 for the final round in Abu Dhabi, as he replaces Novalak who has been dropped despite having won the Dutch Feature Race.
Speaking about his unexpected opportunity to graduate to F2 for the season finale, Aron commented: “I’m very excited to be on the Formula 2 grid at the end of this year and I’m very grateful to Trident for giving me this opportunity.
“It will be a big step in my career, Formula 2 is the highest level of junior single seater racing.”
Aron won’t be the first driver to participate in the final round of a F2 season before making the step up but he believes that this “early experience will be key” with view to a full campaign next season with a new-spec car.
Trident’s Team Manager, Giacomo Ricci described the chance to field Aron in F2 as a “great pleasure”, and has vowed to ensure that he can “quickly get into tune with the new category, in what is certainly an important step in his career.”
Ricci also paid tribute to Novalak for his contributions to the team as he added: “To the French driver, who has long been part of the Trident Motorsport family, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”