Daniël de Jong is making a return to GP2 this weekend for the first time since his crash in Belgium at the end of August.
The Dutchman has been out of action for eight weeks after his crash with Pierre Gasly in the Belgium Feature Race which broke a vertebrae in his back.
Instead of racing for MP Motorsport like he did up to the time of his accident, de Jong will instead drive alongside Raffaele Marciello at Trident.
“I really want to say a big thank you to all of the FIA medical staff, the marshals trackside and all of those at Spa who helped to look after me so well after such a huge accident”, de Jong said.
“Of course, I’d like to say a very special thank you to Dr. Ceccarelli and his team at Formula Medicine as they have helped me recover and return to GP2 much quicker than we expected.
“I had so many messages of support during my recuperation from fellow competitors and colleagues, and the GP2 organisers have been fantastic throughout. I really appreciate all of the kind wishes I have received and I’m really looking forward to Bahrain and being back on track!”
The seat de Jong takes over at Trident is vacated by Johnny Cecotto who raced with the team in Sochi soon after announcing his retirement from racing.
MP Motorsport will be retaining its driver lineup from the previous race event in Russia with Nicholas Latifi and Rene Binder at the wheels of the #16 and #17 cars.
Team Principal of MP Motorsport Sander Dorsman said: “None of us expected Daniël to make such a quick recovery, it surprised us all so much we had the deals with René and Nicholas already in place for next weekend. It’s certainly going to be a unique experience with Daniël out there competing against the two MP cars but great to see him back!”