Frederick suffered this injury in race two at Red Bull Ring Frederick required surgery after a large piece of bone was pulled off the metacarpal following injury to the UCL ligament. Having needed a cast after surgery, Frederick is now undergoing intense physiotherapy to be ready for Spa-Francorchamps.
Frederick leaves his car in good hands. Hughes is a three-time winner in the competitive FIA F3 Championship and so is well placed to take Frederick’s place in the number 24 Pilot ONE Racing and Carlin Buzz Racing car this weekend. The British driver finished seventh in last year’s championship standings and will use his experience to help the team further develop set-up racing alongside the team’s FIA F3 rookies Jonny Edgar and Ido Cohen. Hughes has previously raced for Carlin in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix back in 2016, when he claimed a sixth-place finish for the British squad.
“I’m obviously really disappointed not to be racing this weekend, it’s not ideal to miss a whole round in a seven round Championship but we will make the most of it the best we can,” said Frederick. “I’ll be there with the team, sitting in on engineering meetings and learning as much as I can from outside the car. My rehabilitation is going really well, and I look forward to being back in the car again in Spa, which is an amazing circuit for any driver.”
Speaking about his last-minute call up, Hughes said, “Thank you to Kaylen’s sponsors and Trevor for thinking of me and asking me to represent them this weekend in Hungary. Obviously, every driver wants to be racing, so I’m really looking forward to being back in the car again this weekend. I will be working hard to help the team and Kaylen the best I can with my previous experience in the championship. Budapest is a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake on so getting up to speed quickly for qualifying will be key.”
Trevor Carlin added, “Kaylen was really unlucky to sustain such a painful injury in Red Bull Ring in a relatively innocuous incident. He is in great hands though and his recovery is well underway. We have a very fast and reliable substitute in Jake who I know will work hard to do his best for Kaylen and the team. We’ve worked with him before and he’s a delight both in and out of the car.”
Track action in Hungary will kick off on Friday morning.