Malja, Visser join Trident for support races at Spa

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Swedish racing driver Gustav Malja will make his debut in the GP2 Series this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps as a replacement for Trident driver Rene Binder.

Binder will miss this weekend’s round in Belgium due to a bacterial infection that flared up at the last race in Hungary.

“I suffered from a streptococcus infection before Budapest and did everything to participate in that race weekend,” Binder said in a statement from Trident.

“Even if I managed to survive in the extreme heat it was maybe not a good decision as the infection – including fever – came back a few days later.

“Although I am a feeling better, my doctors have clearly recommented not to take any risk and to miss the race weekend in Belgium.

“Needless to say that I am disappointed as Spa is one of my favourite tracks, but all I can do is to wish my guys at Trident Motorsport all the best and follow the races live.”

Malja currently competes in the Formula Renault 3.5 series with Strakka Racing, finishing eighth and 14th in the two races at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this year.

Trident has also made a change to its line-up in GP3 for this weekend’s round as Beitske Visser (pictured) takes the reins of the third car vacated by Oscar Tunjo in July.

Visser also races in Formula Renault 3.5, and has previously taken part in two GP3 races with Hilmer Motorsport at the beginning of the 2014 season.

“After a promising career in karting, Beitske showcased her skills in single seater racing,” a statement from Trident reads.

“The Dutch driver has previously driven in GP3 in 2014 and she won’t be the first female racer to join the Italian squad: Visser will follow in the footsteps of Vicky Piria who drove for the team in 2012.”

In other GP2 news, Sergio Canamasas has returned to Lazarus for this weekend’s race after racing with Hilmer in Hungary. The Spanish driver replaces Zoel Amberg, who remains unfit to drive after missing the last round. Hiller will not field a driver in the car that Canamasas has vacated.