Artem Markelov will return to Formula 2 this weekend with Arden. He will drive the team’s second car which was previously occupied by Anthoine Hubert, who died following a crash at Spa-Francorchamps.
“First of all I want to give my best to the family of Anthoine,” said Markelov following his appointment as Hubert’s replacement.
“This guy was not only a good driver, he was a great man who was happy all the time and always gave us a smile. He showed everyone his talent. Thanks to the team for trusting me in this situation and I’m going do my best for them. We are going to drive together in memory of Anthoine.”
The championship has confirmed Hubert’s race number, 19, will not be used for the rest of this year’s championship. Markelov will race using number 22.
Arden team manager Kenny Kirwan said they were pleased with the appointment.
“Following on from recent tragic events and our return to Sochi as a two-car team, we are proud and humbled to have Artem join us for the remaining races of the season,” he said.
“Artem is a proven race winner in this category and we very much relish the opportunity to work together and to continue where we left off with Anthoine, who we miss very dearly.”
Markelov’s return will further boost the Russian contingent for this weekend’s round of the championship at Sochi, as Matevos Isaakyan will make his F2 debut for Sauber Junior Team in place of Juan Manuel Correa, who was seriously injured when his car collided with Hubert’s.
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