There will be two new faces in the Prost Junior team pit this weekend, as Jonathan Cochet links up with Zsolt Baumgartner to lead the French outfit at the Nurburgring.

Cochet, the reigning French F3 champion, was unable to raise the budget to contest F3000 this season, despite promising tests over the winter, and has had to content himself with outings in the Porsche SuperCup and Spain's FNissan, as well as various testing roles, before lining up to contest last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours with the FFSA Viper.

The late change to the line-up follows the reported demotion of Gabriele Varano from the F3000 team to Prost's F3 team in Britain, currently run by the Italian RC Motorsport operation, and follows hot on the heels of the decision to replace Nicolas Filiberti with Baumgartner for the rest of the season.

Stephane Sarrazin had stood in for Filiberti at the last round in Monaco, but always maintained that he would not be returning to F3000 on a full-time basis. The Frenchman, like countryman Cochet, is currently contracted to Prost's F1 operation as a test driver.

Varano's switch to F3 follows the rapid departure of Ryan Dalziel and Nicolas Kiesa from Prost's UK operation. Both drivers cited a lack of results for their exit.