South African rising star Raoul Hyman has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s second round of the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship at the Hungaroring due to a shortfall in budget.
The nineteen-year-old had been announced as Carlin’s fourth driver for this season alongside Ryan Tveter, Alessio Lorandi and Zhi Cong Li, and finished a best of tenth in the season opener at Paul Ricard at the beginning of the month.
But despite racing for HHC Motorsport in last weekend’s BRDC Formula 3 championship, Hyman will be absent from proceedings this weekend in European Formula 3 due to financial worries with the fourth Carlin driver.
Carlin are hoping to be able to bring Hyman back into the fold should the financial issues clear up, with the cause of his withdrawal thought to be a delay in sponsorship coming through from his native South Africa.
Hyman’s departure means twenty cars look likely to tackle this weekend’s three races at the Hungaroring, with Nick Cassidy heading into the weekend as the championship leader due to three runners-up spots in France.