Jake Hughes will step up to Formula 2 with BWT HWA RACELAB for Round 10 in Sochi, replacing Giuliano Alesi, who has parted ways with the German team.

Hughes steps up from HWA RACELAB’s Formula 3 squad, having spent two successful seasons with them, taking eight podiums and three wins. The 25-year-old’s most recent victory came in the penultimate round at Monza, where he clinched victory in the Sprint.

The former BRDC Formula 4 champion was an experienced head at that level of racing, proving invaluable both on and off the track.

“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.”

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The Briton will join Artem Markelov at HWA, who are 10th in the Teams’ Championship, with 13 points.

“We are delighted that we can give Jake the chance to prove his undeniable talent in Formula 2 in Sochi," said Team Principal Thomas Strick. "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.”