Jake Hughes will graduate to FIA Formula 2 this weekend as he stays within the HWA ranks and joins Artem Markelov (Russia) in the BWT HWA RACELAB garage.
The British driver steps up from the HWA RACELAB Formula 3 team, having spent two successful seasons there. He claimed two victories in the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship, winning races in Barcelona and in Monza. The 26-year-old had already celebrated victory in Spielberg, Austria. The 26-year-old driver had reached the Formula 3 podium on a total of eight occasions in 2019 and 2020.
Jake Hughes (Great Britain) in the #17 car will be joined on the grid by the experienced Artem Markelov (Russia) in the #16 and will take the place of Giuliano Alesi (France), who is leaving the team.
“I am really looking forward to my first races in Formula 2.” said Hughes. “Many thanks to BWT HWA RACELAB for giving me this chance. The Formula 3 season finished recently after nine race weekends in eleven weeks, so I am totally in the racing routine. I will have to get used to the cars first, as they have significantly more power than the Formula 3 cars. But I am looking forward to taking on this challenge.”
Thomas Strick, Team Principal HWA RACELAB, added:
“We are delighted that we can give Jake the chance to prove his undeniable talent in Formula 2 in Sochi. This perfectly matches our philosophy of building up talented youngsters step by step and leading them to the top level of motorsport. Over recent years, Jake has delivered convincing performances as a driver out on the circuit and as a real team player. We would like to thank Giuliano for his efforts in his appearances for the team. He scored the first points for us in Formula 2 to write his name in the team history of BWT HWA RACELAB. We wish him all the best for the future.”