Gustav Malja is set to make his GP2 Series debut this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps by stepping in for Rene Binder at Trident.

Binder, who is yet to score a point in GP2 so far this season, had been blighted by a bacterial infection during the Hungarian round last month and has been forced to sit out round seven in Belgium due to the ongoing illness.

Malja will therefore take control of the #12 Trident car for his debut in the Formula 1 feeder series. The Swedish driver is competing in his rookie year in Formula Renault 3.5 for Silverstone-based squad Strakka Racing and is tenth in the current championship standings, with the highlight of a maiden rostrum taken at the Hungaroring. The 19-year-old also wildcarded in the FIA European Formula 3 championship at Pau for Eurointernational in May.

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Binder says he has taken the advice of doctors to skip the race weekend in Spa in order to fully recover from the infection and will be looking for a return to action in two weeks at Monza.

"I suffered from a streptococcus infection before Budapest and did everything to participate in that race weekend," Binder said. "Even if I managed to survive in the extreme heat it was maybe not a good decision as the infection - including fever - came back a few days later.

"Although I am a feeling better, my doctors have clearly recommended not to take any risk and to miss the race weekend in Belgium. Needless to say that I am disappointed as Spa is one of my favourite tracks, but all I can do is to wish my guys at Trident Motorsport all the best."

Trident is also set to welcome a new face to its GP3 Series driver line up, with Formula Renault 3.5 competitor Bietske Visser joining up at Spa.