Formula 3 European championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi is preparing for his DTM debut this weekend at Moscow Raceway by filling in for the suspended Timo Scheider.

The two-time DTM champion was disqualified from race two at the Red Bull Ring for his part in the incident where he appeared to bump into the rear of Robert Wickens' Mercedes who subsequently tagged team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, spending the pair out of the race with Scheider finishing sixth.

The governing body of DTM, DMSB, have imposed further punishments on the Audi driver by suspending him for the Moscow round while Audi Motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has been banned from pit-lane for the remainder of the season.

As a result, Euro F3 front runner Giovinazzi, who is back by Volkswagen in F3 and has tested the Audi DTM machine, will step in for Scheider in Russia.

The 21-year-old had been set to compete at Moscow Raceway in Euro F3 but in May the series organisers decided to abandon going to Russia and switched the round to the Algarve in Portugal which will take place next weekend.

The Italian has experience at the Russian circuit having raced there last year in Euro F3, finishing 13th, 16th and 10th in the three races.

Giovinazzi currently leads the Euro F3 drivers' standings by 20.5 points with his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team, with five victories to his name this year.



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