Up and coming Swedish star Linus Lundqvist will take the third seat at Double R Racing for the upcoming Spa-Francorchamps round of the BRDC British F3 Championship.
The 18-year-old has spent the season racing in the F4 British Championship and lies third in the overall standings, with three wins having recently benefited from series leader Jamie Caroline‘s drop in form.
Lundqvist said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be making my Formula 3 debut at Spa next weekend. It was not something I expected to be doing this year, and I really want to thank Double R Racing for putting their trust in me for this.”
After winning the Formula Renault 1.6L Nordic title last year, he joined Double R for the current F4 season and will be stepping into Harry Hayek‘s seat as the Australian continues to recover from a fractured vertebrae sustained in a crash during testing at Snetterton.
“I’ve never been to Spa before and it will obviously be difficult to go up against the F3 guys in the middle of the season, but I will do my best and try and learn as much as possible. I also wish Harry [Hayek] all the best in his continued recovery.”
Double R Racing team boss Anthony Hieatt said: “We’re all really excited to see how Linus adapts to F3 at Spa next weekend, it’s not going to be easy but he’s done an incredible job in British F4 this year with us and definitely deserves this opportunity to showcase what he can do at a higher level.
“His pace in British F4 has been nothing short of sensational this year, his tally of pole positions, fastest laps and race wins proves that, and I’m confident he’s going to grab this chance with both hands and give a very strong account of himself.”
Lundqvist will join Jamie Chadwick and Guilherme Samaia, who have been racing all season for the team. The Spa weekend will take place from the 7-8 July.
Elsewhere, Chris Dittmann Racing will also welcome back Tristan Charpentier into the squad after a few rounds of absense. The Frenchman was testing with the team at Silverstone and has spent most of the season in the SMP F4 NEZ Championship.