Frederick to miss Spa-Francorchamps

FIA Formula 3
August 25, 2021

Carlin Buzz Racing FIA Formula 3 driver Kaylen Frederick will miss this weekend’s round in Spa-Francorchamps after testing positive for COVID-19.  The diagnosis is a further blow to the talented young American who missed the last round in Hungaroring after requiring surgery for a hand injury sustained in Austria.  The team will consequently only field two cars in Belgium.  


Frederick underwent surgery last month after a large piece of bone was pulled off the metacarpal following an injury to the UCL ligament at the Austrian round.  Having needed a cast after surgery, the Pilot One racer underwent intense physiotherapy to ensure his hand was fully recovered.  A positive diagnosis for COVID-19 has now derailed his planned return at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.  


“I’m absolutely heartbroken,” said Frederick.  “Aside from being painful, the injury in Austria was such a blow as it meant I would miss Hungary.  Thinking about being back for Spa really helped push me through the surgery and physio, all of which was designed to accelerate my recovery.  To now have tested positive for COVID-19 is just agonizing.  I don’t feel too bad, so I’ll just be sitting at home, but it will be awful to see everyone out in Spa without me.”


Trevor Carlin added, “This is such a blow for Kaylen.  He has been working so hard on making sure he was fit and healthy for this weekend in Spa, having already missed one race weekend.  As soon as we are able to do so, we will start preparing with him on the sim and making sure he is in the best possible shape for Zandvoort.  I know how desperate he is to get back in the car and we wish him a speedy recovery.”


Frederick is working towards a full recovery and negative test in time for the Zandvoort race at the start of September.