The Dutch outfit joins the F2 grid in place of HWA Racelab for this season with Hughes heading its line-up.

The 27-year-old made his debut for HWA in Sochi back in 2020 before returning in 2021 for the Monza and Russia rounds with a best finish of fourth.

The British driver then returned for the 2021 finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“I’m overly excited to be racing with VAR in 2022,” said Hughes. “During the post-season test at Abu-Dhabi it became clear to me that VAR takes this new challenge extremely serious. We are very much on the same level when it comes to vision and drive for success, making it a very pleasant environment to work in.

“I’m just very thankful to the team for putting their trust in me and providing the opportunity to work together. The F2 car is incredible to drive, and I look very much forward to compete in it for the full season. It will be a long and tough stretch, but I am eager to kick off the season soon in Bahrain!”

“It is exciting to be able to make this first FIA F2 driver announcement!”  VAR CEO Rob Niessink added. “We are extremely happy with Jake joining us for the FIA F2 Championship. We are standing on the brink of a great adventure for which we very much welcome the experience and maturity that Jake brings along.

“During the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Jake showed to be a highly motivated and professional team player. Jake’s accurate input and feedback already made an impact during testing, which helped the team to progress already in a very short time. His drive and dedication match ours, giving us great confidence for the season ahead!”

The 2022 F2 season kicks off in Bahrain on March 19-20.