Scott in for unwell Mazepin for Masters of F3


Harrison Scott - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Harrison Scott has received a last minute call-up to this weekend’s Masters of F3 event at Zandvoort with Hitech GP after Nikita Mazepin was sidelined due to illness.

The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series race winner will join GP3 Series racer Alexander Albon in the team for the race weekend at the Dutch circuit, with regular drivers George Russell and Ben Barnicoat already absent from proceedings.

Hitech were hopeful that Mazepin would be able to shrug off the illness ahead of the Masters event, but with the Russian forced to withdraw, the team were able to secure the services of Scott and are looking for a strong performance from both drivers this weekend.

“Sadly Nikita has been suffering from a virus all week,” said Hitech boss Oliver Oakes on Autosport. “We thought it was subsiding but yesterday evening he got a fair bit worse and we took the unfortunate decision for him to give this weekend a miss.

“It’s a shame as he’s made a huge forward step in form in the last six weeks, but it’s important he makes a full recovery before the next FIA round in a few weeks.

“We got Harrison in as he’s been doing a good job in the Eurocup this season with AV.

“It will be hard for him jumping into F3 for the first time at a new track for him too, on top of a few hours’ sleep, but I am sure he will cope fine – he’s made of the right stuff.

“It’s a bit of a mixed bag for us, running two drivers jumping into F3 with no testing. But we wanted to support the F3 Masters as it’s a historic event and I’m sure both Alex and Harrison can do a good job for us.”