Formula 3 runner-up Théo Pourchaire will make his FIA Formula 2 Championship later this year in the double-header finale in Bahrain.
Pourchaire, 17, stepped up to Formula 3 as the reigning German Formula 4 champion and emerged as a title contender.
The Frenchman took the Formula 3 title fight to the final race of the revised campaign at Mugello against Renault junior Oscar Piastri, missing out by only three points.
Pourchaire will occupy the HWA Racelab seat that was vacated by MP Motorsport-bound Ferrari junior Giuliano Alesi and briefly held by Formula 3 veteran Jake Hughes.
It is understood that Pourchaire, who is part of Sauber’s Driver Academy, is a front-runner for a 2021 seat with ART Grand Prix.
“I am really happy to participate in the final two rounds of FIA Formula 2 in Bahrain,” Pourchaire said.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to HWA Racelab for giving me this opportunity.
“I can hardly wait to work with the team and get to know a new car. I would also like to thank my family and sponsors for their support. I am ready to race!”
Pourchaire will link up with Formula 2 veteran and former Renault Formula 1 test driver Artem Markelov at the team.
HWA Racelab has endured a low-key 2020 season, its first since fully taking over the Arden operation, and holds only 10th in the 11-team championship.