Mikhail Aleshin will return to the GP2 Series with the Carlin team this weekend at the Hungaroring.
The Russian drove for the team at the opening two rounds of the season at Istanbul and Barcelona, before encountering budget issues and having to surrender his seat. Oliver Turvey raced for them in Monaco, before Alvaro Parente took over from Valencia onwards.
Parente is unavailable this weekend due to a prior commitment with McLaren's GT programme, racing the new MP4-12C GT3 at the 24 Hours of Spa.
“It's a great opportunity for me to have this experience, so thanks to the team,” said reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Aleshin. “I know the car, I know the team and it's a track I know well so I believe we can push for some good results this weekend.”
Indeed, Aleshin returned to FR3.5 for a one-off outing at the previous round at the Hungaroring at the beginning of July.
Aleshin will partner the team's regular driver Max Chilton this weekend, with the young Brit eager for more results after a points finish in the sprint race at the Nurburgring.
“As long as we can keep up the level of performance we had in the last race at Nurburgring, I think it could be a good weekend for us,” said Chilton. “I've only been to the Hungaroring once before, but it's quite a physical circuit. It's also really hard to overtake so qualifying will be really important. I think it will be a good circuit for our car though, so I'm looking forward to it.”