Reigning European F3 Open Champion Ed Jones will miss the upcoming FIA European Formula 3 Championship rounds at the Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps and the Norisring due to an injury he sustained at the previous event at Pau.
Initially it was thought the 19-year-old from Dubai got away unscathed from the races in Pau, but tests showed he suffered fractured vertebrae and has been advised by doctors not to race anytime soon. The injury was caused during the Pau event he twice hit the barriers. The first time was during qualifying, when trying hard to better his lap time; he clipped a kerb too hard and that sent him head on into the barrier. The second time was during the second race where he once again ended in the barriers after a mistake.
“Ed Jones will unfortunately miss the next three rounds of the F3 FIA European Championship due to injury,” said a statement from his father Russell Jones. “It was discovered post the race qualifying incident at Pau that he unfortunately suffered a fractured vertebrae and has been advised not to race.”
It is bad luck for the teenager, who had claimed his maiden two podium finishes in the series for Carlin during the second event at Hockenheim. He hopes to be back for the event in Moscow in July.
“I am very positive for the future, I feel very confident about the results I can produce and look forward to resuming the championship in Moscow,” said Jones.
We at The Checkered Flag wish Ed Jones a speedy recovery.