Fittipaldi has been ruled out of the season finale after suffering a fracture to his right heel after his scary crash with Theo Pourchaire on the opening lap of the feature race in Saudi Arabia.

The Brazilian crashed into the back of Pourchaire’s stalled ART car at the start of the race in Jeddah. 

Verschoor makes his return to the series after driving for MP Motorsport in the opening six rounds of the campaign.

The Dutchman claimed his maiden win back at Silverstone in the second sprint race.

“First of all, I would like to express my thoughts to Enzo,” Verschoor said. “I hope he will recover well and very soon.

"I’m happy to be back racing and excited to do so with Charouz Racing System, hopefully, we can end this season together on a high.”

Team owner Antonin Charouz added: "On the eve of the last round of the year, we have been forced to change our line-up, as a consequence of Enzo's injury in Jeddah. On behalf of the whole team, I wish him again a speedy recovery, hoping to see him return on track as soon as possible.

“At the same time, I’m glad Richard will join our squad for this weekend in Abu Dhabi. We saw him racing during this year in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and I have to say he delivered some very interesting performances.

“At the wheel of the other car, we'll continue to count on Guilherme, and we'll do our best to support his hunt to first personal points in the series.”