Raikkonen Robertson Racing will once again run a three-car team this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, but it will be Taiwanese driver Kevin Chen racing alongside the team's regular partnership of Carlos Huertas and Daisuke Nakajima.
Chen, who as previous experience in GP2 Asian and Formula Renault V6, will be making his European debut on one of the world's best circuits with the benefit of just one day behind the wheel of the Raikkonen Robertson Dallara, so will be facing a tough learning curve as he throws himself into the competitive series.
"Once again we have a new driver with us this weekend at Spa, and we'll be helping Kevin get to grips with British F3 as quickly as possible,” team principal Anthony Hieatt commented.
Last time out at Donington, F3 rookie Huertas demonstrated how much he has learnt in the first half of the season, with an impressive performance in qualifying which put
him in a career-best fourth place on the grid for race one and sixth for race two. The 18 year-old racer also put in a strong race performance to take two competitive
fourth place finishes to improve his standing in the drivers' championship.
Team-mate Nakajima also put in a strong performance to take two top ten finishes. The Honda-backed driver will be aiming for a podium at Spa-Francorchamps, despite
never having raced at the F1 circuit before.
“Carlos did a great job last time out at Donington," Hieatt confirmed, "He was on the pace from the outset, qualified well and raced brilliantly against more experienced drivers to replicate his best ever result in both races. There's no reason why Carlos, along with Daisuke, shouldn't be aiming for the podium this weekend."
In a departure from the normal British F3 race schedule, practice and qualifying for race one will take place on Thursday, while qualifying for race two, together with race
one will take place on Friday. Race two will conclude the weekend on Saturday morning.