Orudzhev absent, only 10 cars for 3.5 finale
16 November 2017 – Egor Orudzhev will miss this weekend's World Series Formula 3.5 V8 title finale after being hospitalised in his native Russia with acute tonsillitis, leaving only 10 drivers in the field.
Orudzhev, 22, made his debut in the series in 2015 and has taken nine wins, including two this season, to hold third in the standings, 25 points behind Lotus' Pietro Fittipaldi.
However, his AVF team has announced that Orudzhev will be unable to compete in Bahrain this weekend due to his condition, and will be replaced at the outfit by Konstantin Tereschenko.
Orudzhev's absence removes one title contender from this weekend's finale, with Fittipaldi currently 10 points ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, and 31 clear of Alfonso Celis Jr.
René Binder and Roy Nissany hold mathematical title chances, though both are 49 points adrift of Fittipaldi, with only 50 points up for grabs across the two races at Sakhir.
However, as only 10 cars are entered for this weekend's event, their prospects are already all but over, with points consequently available for the entire grid, should they be classified.
Teo Martin Motorsport is absent, as is Giuseppe Cipriani's Il Barone Rampante outfit.
Henrique Chaves (AVF) and Tatiana Calderón (RP Motorsport) are both making their debuts in a third car for their respective teams.
The series has struggled for numbers in recent years, following Renault's withdrawal, with a maximum of 12 cars entered at each round this season.