Simmons replaces Yeany for season finale at Sochi

Charouz Racing System have signed Ayrton Simmons to replace Hunter Yeany for the season finale at Sochi, with the team announcing that the British driver will team up with Logan Sargeant and Zdenek Chovanec.

Yeany is unable to compete in Sochi due to prior commitments in the US. The American had been set to complete the season with Charouz at Austin, before the change of date and venue.

He will be replaced by 20-year-old Simmons, who will make his Formula 3 debut in Russia, stepping up from the GB3 Championship, where he is fourth in the drivers’ standings.

Simmons was the 2018 British Formula 4 vice-champion, and also has experience in Euroformula Open and Asian F3.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with Charouz Racing System,” said Simmons. “I want to thank the team and also my sponsors for giving me this opportunity e getting me to Sochi.

“I’ve never driven the car before and never driven with Pirelli tyres so it’s probably going to be difficult at first to get used to everything having limited track time, but we’ll try to learn as much as possible, and I’ll make sure I’ll be as well-prepared as I can to deliver the best possible result.”

Simmons will join a Charouz outfit who are enjoying their best season to date at this level, with four podiums and 100 points.

Team owner Antonín Charouz added: “I’m sorry that Hunter will not be able to finish the season with us, but unfortunately the change in the calendar was necessary to allow all the teams to manage the participation in the last round of the championship and there was no way to reconcile this change with his other commitments in the US.

“However, I’m happy that Ayrton was available to answer the call and take his seat, he is a promising driver who already has a few years of experience and I’m sure he will get up to speed in no time once in the car at Sochi.”

Correa handed post-Race 3 penalty

Juan Manuel Correa has been handed a 10s-time penalty for causing contact with Tijmen Van der Helm in Race 3 at Zandvoort.

The ART Grand Prix driver attempted a pass on the inside of the Dutchman on the apex of Turn 3. Although he wasn’t required to, as Correa didn’t have sufficient overlap to expect it, Van der Helm left a car’s width to his inside, but the American was carrying too much speed and collided with the MP.

The Stewards determined that Correa was solely to blame and he falls from 21st to 27th in the final classification.

Yeany handed three place grid drop for Race 2

Charouz Racing System driver Hunter Yeany has been served with a three-place grid drop for Race 2 in Zandvoort.

The American driver collided with Johnathan Hoggard at the first corner in Race 1, which resulted in the Jenzer skidding into the wall and retiring from the race, while Yeany suffered a puncture and ended up in the wall at the following turn, also retiring.

Having examined video evidence, the Stewards have determined that Yeany was solely at fault for the crash and handed him a three-place grid drop as punishment. With the penalty applied, Yeany will start Race 2 from the back of the grid.

Cohen and Ugran handed post-Race 2 penalties

Carlin Buzz Racing’s Ido Cohen and Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran have been handed penalties following today’s Race 2 at Zandvoort.

Cohen has received a grid drop of three places for tomorrow’s Race 3, after the Stewards determined that he had made contact with Dennis Hauger in today’s Race 2 at Zandvoort.

The Israeli driver was attempting an outside pass on the Norwegian in the middle of Turn 3 in the final stages of the race. His left front wing made contact with the right rear tyre of the PREMA driver, causing a puncture. The Carlin driver will now start from P19 in Race 3.

Ugran has received a 10s-time penalty. The Jenzer Motorsport driver was found guilty of making contact with Jonny Edgar in the middle of Turn 9, causing the Carlin racer to spin.

The Stewards determined that Ugran was wholly responsible for the contact. As a consequence, 10s have been added to his total race time. The Romanian, who had finished in 12th, now classifies 24th, ahead Edgar.

Villagomez to start Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane

HWA RACELAB driver Rafael Villagomez will start Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane in Zandvoort after he failed to stop for the weighbridge.

The Mexican had been ordered to do so by the Technical Delegate but instead returned to the pits and his team subsequently began work on the car, meaning that his car was not returned untouched by the team.

The Mexican had scored his best Qualifying result to date, finishing 13th, but will now start both Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane.

Three drivers handed time penalties from Race 3

Rafael Villagomez, Victor Martins and Amaury Cordeel have been served with time penalties following today’s Race 3 at the Hungaroring.

Villagomez has received two five-second time penalties. The first penalty was given after it was determined that the HWA RACELAB driver had caused a collision with Ido Cohen. The Mexican attempted to overtake the Carlin driver approaching Turn 2. Villagomez was on the inside in wet conditions and oversteered into Cohen, causing the Israeli to spin.

The Stewards determined that Villagomez was wholly responsible for the collision, but took the wet conditions into account when determining the penalty. The Mexican driver had finished P23 and now classifies 24th.

Villagomez’ second penalty is for forcing Reshad de Gerus off track. The Stewards determined that De Gerus had earned the right to use the track as he was sufficiently alongside Villagomez at the exit of Turn 14. However, Villagomez still made full use of the track and did not leave a car width as required.

Martins has also received a five-second time penalty. The MP Motorsport driver tried to overtake in very wet conditions on the inside of Turn 9. However, the Frenchman locked his brakes and collided into the side of Oliver Rasmussen’s car.

The Stewards found that Martins was wholly responsible for the contact. He had finished in last place, P27, and remains in that position with the penalty applied.

Finally, Cordeel has been found guilty of causing a collision with Roman Stanek. The Campos Racing driver tried to pass the Hitech Grand Prix man through Turn 13. Cordeel was on the inside in wet conditions and oversteered into Stanek, causing the Czech to spin.

The Stewards determined that the Belgian was wholly responsible, but did take the wet conditions into account. Cordeel had finished P25 and now classifies P26.

Yeany and Chovanec to replace Fittipaldi and de Gerus at Charouz Racing System in Spa

Charouz Racing System has announced that Hunter Yeany and Zdenek Chovanec will replace Enzo Fittipaldi and Reshad de Gerus for Round 5 of the season in Spa, joining Logan Sargeant at the Czech-based side.

Yeany becomes the second American driver in the team, stepping up at just 16-years-old. Yeany has been competing in Formula Regional Americas and Indy Pro 2000 with Velocity Racing Development.

The American was the 2020 US Formula 4 champion, taking the title with a tally of 14 podiums, seven wins and one pole.

“I’m really excited to be joining Charouz for the remainder of the season,” said Yeany. “It’s a big leap for me but it’s also a great opportunity. I know the learning curve in FIA Formula 3 and on the tracks will be high, but the team has worked very hard to make sure I’m prepared.

“It has always been my goal to come to Europe and race, and I want to thank everyone who has made it possible.”

Chovanec – who will drive under a Portuguese licence – hails from Venezuela and has Czech origins. The 17-year-old joins with experience in both the Italian and UAE Formula 4 championships, where he scored two podiums.

The 17-year-old has also previously competed in Asian Formula 3 and is currently running in Euroformula Open.

“I’ve been already impressed by the team as I had the chance to visit them as a guest in Austria and Hungary,” said Chovanec. “I saw how they work and also that the atmosphere inside the box was amazing, they are very professional but at the same time very relaxed.

“Let’s see now what we can do in Spa, we’ll try to do our best, we will learn. I’m really grateful to Antonin Charouz for this incredible opportunity to race in FIA Formula 3.”

Charouz are enjoying their best Formula 3 season to date, sitting sixth in the Teams’ Championship with two podiums and 11 points’ finishes.

Team owner Antonin Charouz added: “I’m happy to join two new young and promising drivers in our team for the 2021 FIA Formula 3 campaign. We’ve shown so far, our cars have great potential and I’m sure we will have a very good second part of the year.

“Of course, Spa-Francorchamps is not the ideal place to make your debut as a driver, as it is one of the most difficult in the world, but our role as a team is to be sure the drivers can feel comfortable in every situation.

“I’m sure Zdenek and Hunter will find themselves very welcomed in the team and we can count on Logan’s experiences and references to support our technicians to achieve the aim of a good overall result.”

Ugran to start Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane

Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran has been given permission by the Stewards to start Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane, even though he did not set a time within 107% of the fastest lap during Qualifying.

The Romanian was unable to set a time in Free Practice or Qualifying for medical reasons. However, Jenzer have submitted information to the Stewards demonstrating that he has sufficient speed and experience at this circuit to safely participate.

However, since that experience was not set under normal event conditions, he will be required to start from the pit lane.

Chovanec handed suspensive five-place grid drop

Charouz Racing System rookie Zdenek Chovanec has been handed a suspensive five-place grid drop for failing to serve a 10s stop-and-go penalty during Race 2.

Due to an error on the pit wall, Charouz were unaware of the penalty and as such Chovanec was not told. The team’s manager has accepted full responsibility for the error, however, the Stewards determined that had Chovanec understood the regulation, then he would have been expecting the penalty and could have prompted the Team.

Van der Helm receives five-second time penalty after Race 3

Tijmen Van der Helm has been handed a five-second time penalty from today’s Race 3 at Spa.

The MP Motorsport driver attempted a move on Calan Williams at Turn 18 on the final lap of the race that resulted in the duo touching shortly after the apex, forcing the Jenzer Motorsport driver off track.

The Stewards determined that Van der Helm was wholly at fault for the incident as he came from a long way back with considerable speed.

The Dutchman originally classified 19th and with the penalty applied, falls to 22nd.