Injured Felix Serralles unlikely to make Euro F3 Norisring return
|By Gary Watkins||Monday, July 8th 2013, 14:35 GMT|
Fortec Motorsport driver Felix Serralles is unlikely to contest this weekend's Norisring round of the European Formula 3 Championship.
The Puerto Rican, who finished third in last year's British F3 Championship with Fortec, was forced to pull out of last weekend's F3 Masters at Zandvoort on doctor's advice after undergoing tests on a back injury sustained last season.
Further tests are due this week, which look likely to result in the 21-year-old having to undergo surgery, according to team boss Richard Dutton.
Dutton added that even if surgery is not necessary, he is not hopeful that Serralles will take up his seat in the team's squad of Dallara-Mercedes on the German street circuit.
"Felix been carrying the injury since the winter and hasn't been the same guy that he was last year," he said.
"They couldn't find what it was initially, but now it looks like he's going to have an operation to relieve a trapped nerve."
The injury was sustained in an incident in the penultimate round of last year's British series at Silverstone when he took to the grass on the Wellington Straight after clashing with Jack Harvey.
A total of 40 minutes was required to extricate Serralles from the car at the end of the race, before he was transferred to hospital in Northampton.
Van Amersfoort driver Mans Grenhagen is also likely to miss the Norisring and the rest of the season for financial reasons.
It is unlikely the Swede will be replaced in the Dutch team's second Dallara-Volkswagen.