HWA RACELAB have announced the return of Jake Hughes for Round 5 of the Formula 2 season at Monza, with the Briton replacing compatriot Jack Aitken at the German side.

Hughes made his debut in the second tier at Sochi last season, finishing 12th for HWA in the Feature Race, before being forced to retire from the Sprint Race.

The 27-year-old enjoyed two years with HWA’s Formula 3 outfit, scoring three wins and eight podiums across 2019 and 2020.

Hughes is currently the ROKiT Venturi Racing’s reserve driver in Formula E and is also a simulator driver for Mercedes’ F1 and championship-winning Formula E outfits.

Hughes spent two years with HWA RACELAB in F3
Hughes spent two years with HWA RACELAB in F3

The Briton also returned to F3 in Budapest, deputising for the injured Kaylen Frederick at Carlin Buzz Racing. He’ll team up with Alessio Deledda in Monza.

“I’m delighted to be reuniting with HWA RACELAB for the FIA F2 championship at Monza,” said Hughes. “I really enjoyed my first time in the F2 car at Sochi last year with the team and I’m looking forward to stepping back in this weekend.

“I managed to take a victory here in 2020 with the HWA RACELAB team in F3, so I’m feeling confident that we can do another good job together this weekend despite that lack of preparation! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at HWA RACELAB for showing their trust in me once again and bringing me onboard.”