Pi­quet Jr to make shock Pau F3 re­turn

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Reign­ing For­mula E cham­pion and for­mer F1 driver Nel­son Pi­quet Jr will make a shock re­turn to For­mula 3, tak­ing part in this week­end’s Pau Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old will drive for Car­lin as Raoul Hy­man is still wait­ing for spon­sor­ship to ma­te­ri­alise from his na­tive South Africa. Pi­quet may also race at Ma­cau later this year.

He last com­peted in F3 when he claimed the Bri­tish ti­tle with his fam­ily team Pi­quet Sports in 2004 and will line-up along­side his brother Pe­dro.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to get back be­hind the wheel of an F3 car, which holds so many great mem­o­ries for me,” said Pi­quet.

“Any ex­pe­ri­ence gained on street cir­cuits is ben­e­fi­cial for my For­mula E cam­paign and I rel­ish the chal­lenge of adapt­ing to an­other cat­e­gory this sea­son.”

Team boss Trevor Car­lin added: “Nel­son im­pressed the team last sea­son when he jumped into an un­fa­mil­iar Indy Lights car and put the car on pole on a track he had never vis­ited be­fore.

“We be­lieve he will be a great as­set to the team and our young drivers this week­end and we look for­ward to work­ing with him in Pau and hope­fully again in Ma­cau later this year.”

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