Lewis Williamson will return to the GP3 Series this weekend at Hockenheim with the Status Grand Prix team.

The promising Scot was left without a drive recently when he was dropped by the Red Bull Junior Team after just five races in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

The 2010 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner had an impressive campaign in GP3 in 2011, finishing eighth overall and winning one race on the morning of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Williamson replaces Kotaro Sakurai in the Status lineup, and joins fellow Formula Renault UK graduates Marlon Stockinger and Alice Powell in the team. Sakurai “has experienced sponsorship problems”, according to the team, and missed the Valencia round before returning last time out for the team's home race at Silverstone.

“Lewis is the ideal replacement to step into our driver line-up this weekend,” said Status team manager Paul Bellringer.

“He already knows the GP3 car from last season, and is very talented. Status GP has long admired his ability and we're looking forward to working with him in Germany.”

Williamson added that he was delighted with the chance he had been given by the Irish-owned team.

“I've known some of the guys at Status GP for a couple of years, and this is a great opportunity,” said Williamson.

“I know I've got to put everything I've got into it at Hockenheim this weekend and make sure we do everything right. We just need to progress through free practice, qualifying and then the two races and see what comes of it.

“It's nice to race with Marlon and Alice. I know both of them from our days in Formula Renault UK, so I'm sure we will get along well and work strongly together.”