BRDC British Formula 3 champion Linus Lundqvist has had to quarantine himself in Mexico City to ensure he can compete in the Formula Regional Americas season.
The Swede is making the move to American racing this year after five years on the European scene. He won the 2016 Formula Nordic title before progressing through British Formula 4 and F3, then returned to the continent in Euroformula last year.
He will race for Global Racing Group in F3R Americas, which starts at Mid-Ohio later this month. The United States’ lockdown and travel restrictions in response to the global coronavirus pandemic mean Lundqvist has had to station himself in Mexico prior to the season.
“Basically, you need to have spent at least two weeks outside Europe before being allowed to enter the USA,” Lundqvist said.
“So for me, that meant I simply had to go abroad in order to make the first race of the season. We found a safe and secluded spot for me here in Mexico, where I will now spend my days training and preparing as best I can for the start of the season.
“I’m really, really excited that the season is finally about to get underway. This has been the craziest year of my life, and I think that goes for a lot of people. I appreciate the job done by the championship to ensure we can press on with the campaign while maintaining the safety of everyone involved. That’s obviously the top priority.”
There are no other European drivers in F3R Americas this year, but drivers from Canada and South America have had to take precautionary measures in border crossings.