Bratt to replace Merhi in Silverstone FR3.5 race

British racer Will Bratt will return to single-seater competition when he replaces Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi in this weekend's round of the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

Bratt, who last drove a single-seater during the 2011 Formula 2 season, will join Pons Racing while Merhi competes in the Italian Grand Prix.

After leaving F2, Bratt turned his attention to the British Touring Car Championship, where he competed in 2012 and 2013, when he last raced a car.

"It's a huge surprise to be racing in Formula Renault 3.5 this weekend at Silverstone, but a very pleasant one, and a really fantastic opportunity to be back racing and at such a high level too," said Bratt.

"When Sito [Pons, team boss] offered us the chance to stand-in for Roberto we jumped at it, especially with the races being at Silverstone.

"The championship is as competitive as it's ever been, so it's not going to be easy, but I know the guys at Pons will give me a great car and if we can make progress across the weekend I'll be very happy."

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Event Silverstone
Track Silverstone
Drivers Roberto Merhi , Will Bratt
Teams Pons Racing
Article type Breaking news