Jake Hughes secures a full-time drive with FIA Formula 2 (F2) Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing for the 2022 season.

Having races in F2 in selected events with HWA Racelab in 2020 and 2021 seasons, Hughes has secured a full-time drive with Van Amersfoort Racing for the 2022 season. He is the Dutch outfit’s first signing, as they embark a new journey in the championship.

After two full years in F3 in 2019 and 2020, Hughes did not race full-time with few appearances in the same series along with F2. He tested with Van Amersfoort in Abu Dhabi along with Cem Bolukbasi and Amaury Cordeel but the former signed with Charouz.

“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.”

Van Amersfoort CEO Rob Niessink: “It is exciting to be able to make this first FIA F2 driver announcement. 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.”

2022 F2 line-up so far:

UNI-Virtuosi Racing: Jack Doohan, Marino Sato

MP Motorsport: Clement Novalak, Felipe Drugovich

Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung

Carlin: Logan Sargeant, Liam Lawson

DAMS: Roy Nissany, Ayumu Iwasa

ART GP: Theo Pourchaire

Charouz Racing System: Cem Bolukbasi

Trident: Calan Williams

Prema: Jehan Daruvala, Dennis Hauger

Hitech GP: Juri Vips

Van Amersfoort Racing: Jake Hughes