This Formula 3 season, we saw a lot of new drivers fill in for the driver switch arounds we managed to witness. Today, we’ve decided to sit down and look at Micheal Belov and Pierre-Louis Chovet who filled in at Charouz when Schumacher moved to Carlin and Hitech when Fewtrell left midseason.
Micheal Belov is an 18 year old, Russian born driver from Moscow. He completed 6 races with Charouz, taking a single point and a reverse pole.
Belov’s first noted karting experience is in 2014 with his karting experience being his win in the Sodi W Series Junior Cup Finals and in 2015 at the Euro Finale Mini Max Small where he finished second.
From there, Belov moved to single seaters for his 2017 season where he raced in the SMP F4 NEZ Championship where he took a podium and finished 8th. He continued into 2018 wwherehe took 6 pole positions, 11 podiums and 5 wins to finish second. He also competed in the Formula Academy Finland in 2018 where he went on to win.
He continued in Formula 4 for 2019 but made the move to ADAC where he took a win, two podiums and finished 8th in the standings. He also entered the Italian F4 Championship where he finished 4th with 7 podiums.
Between 2019 and 2020, Belov raced with BlackArts Racing Team in the F3 Asian Championship across three races to finish 11th in the standings, making his F3 Debut. He completed his first FIA Formula 3 race in 2020 with Charouz when he replaced Schumacher. His highest finish in the race was 10th and he took a singular point.
Belov currently competed with M2 Competition in the Formula Renault Eurocup where he sits at 7th with 23 points after four races.
Pierre-Louis Chovet is an 18 year old, French born driver from Avignon. He completed 4 races with Hitech and took 5 points.
Chovet’s first noted karting experience was in 2016 when he took part in the OK Junior 27 Degree Trofeo Andrea Margutti where he finished 28th. He also partook in the CIK-FIA European Championship where he finished 40th. In 2017, he then moved to the Championat de France Junior Karting where he left with 187 and a championship win.
He entered his first single seater in 2017 where he entered the French F4 Championship where he raced in 9 races, taking a win but was a guest driver so wasn’t eligible for points. He went back to the series full time in 2018, taking another win with 4 further podiums and finished 6th in the standings.
From there, Chovet moved to the Euroformula Open Championship with RP Motorsport, finished 23rd after two points and seven races.
Chovet completed his first FIA Formula 3 race in 2020 with Hitech when he replaced Fewtrell. His highest finish in the race was 6th and he took a five points.
The French driver currently races with Van Amersfoort Racing in the Formula Regional European Championship where, after six race, he has 59 points and a podium, currently sitting in 6th.
It would be great to see both of these drivers back next season and I hope we get to see much more of them. They both have a lot of potential and have really shown their worth in their short time in Formula 3.