Matthieu Vaxiviere's back injury, caused by a first lap crash in Monaco, has forced him to withdraw from the next two rounds of the Formula Renault championship in Spa and Moscow.

A fracture to the Frenchman's fifth vertebrae has ruled him out of all scheduled events in June, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The series rookie, who currently sits fifteenth in the overall championship standings, expressed his disappointment as he prepares for a lengthy absence from racing. The Lotus driver's recovery period is expected to last 45 days.

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"I'm now fighting another kind of battle!", he said. "I am a fighter and my morale is good. I'm leaving hospital on Wednesday and I will do my utmost to come back even stronger", he continued. The nineteen-year-old hopes to return to Formula Renault 3.5 in time for its sixth round at the Nurburgring in July.

Richie Stanaway has been confirmed as Vaxiviere's replacement, partnering Lotus regular Marlon Stockinger in Belgium. The GP3 driver will return to FR3.5 for the first since his own season-ending back injury in 2012 at the helm of his Lotus model.