No clarification has been offered by Charouz relating to the driving force change however Simmons was additionally absent from final week’s in-season take a look at at Barcelona, the place Schumacher was first referred to as in as his alternative.
Simmons, who completed second in final yr’s British F3 collection, endured a torrid begin to his first full marketing campaign in FIA F3 final month, ending 18th and nineteenth throughout the 2 races in Bahrain.
His alternative for Imola, Schumacher, beforehand drove for Charouz through the 2020 F3 season however didn’t rack up a single level amid a troublesome season for the Czech Republic workforce.
Schumacher, son of former Formulation 1 driver Ralf, loved significantly better fortunes following his transfer to Trident in 2021 however had stop single-seaters altogether this yr in favour of a transfer to the DTM with Mercedes.
Charouz’s Formulation 2 workforce can even endure a driver change this weekend with David Beckmann stepping in for Turkish racer Cem Bolukbasi who is just not but match to race in Imola after struggling a damaged rib in a significant crash in Jeddah final month. Beckmann spent the primary half of 2021 in F2 driving for Charouz earlier than shifting to Campos for 2 rounds.
Elsewhere in F3, Juan Handbook Correa will sit out the Imola weekend after struggling a stress fracture in his left foot and receiving recommendation from medical doctors to relaxation at house. The 22-year-old is not going to get replaced this weekend, which means ART will run solely two automobiles for Mercedes junior Frederic Vesti and Alexander Smolyar.
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Juan Manuel Correa, Prema Racing
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Lastly, it was introduced that Federico Malvestiti will be a part of Ido Cohen and William Alatalo in Jenzer’s F3 line-up for the rest of the season, taking the place vacated by ex-Crimson Bull F1 junior Niko Kari within the workforce’s line-up.
The second spherical of the 2022 F3 season takes place on the undercard of the Formulation 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with Alpine protege Victor Martins main the championship by one level over Prema’s Arthur Leclerc following his victory within the second of the 2 races in Bahrain.