Lopez have released the following statement following practice today at Paul Ricard.
Dylan Lopez: "As you may recall, we shared with you that James Harding was feeling the effects from the incident in China 2 weeks back with Beckenbauer and Nowosinki. We are revealling the news today that after advice from the doctors from the medical center, that Harding will not be competing in Qualifying tomorrow or the race on Sunday. Reason being he simply hasn't had enough time to fully recover from the China crash, and that was evident when he was limited to running half the laps that Wagner was able to complete. It is a shame for us that we have to do this but given his past both he knows, and we know it is all in his best interest to keep resting and recovering. He isn't too far off and he should be able to participate in the next event at Jerez.
Although it is unfortunate that Harding must sit out the rest of the weekend, it does give our reserve driver Viktor Ӧstberg the opportunity to make his debut in Formula Virtual. He will be taking over Harding's driving duties for the weekend, news that saw him straight away call his family and friends to let them know he's making his debut. For those that don't know him, he's 20 years young from Karlstad, Sweden. His career highlight to date is runner up to Klaas van Snelheid in the 2015 VWRS, a series which saw him take 4 wins out of 11 podiums. The kid has a bright future ahead of him in this sport, no doubt about it, and we look forward to starting a new chapter with him in his career."
It was also announced the FV rookie would also continue his FV2 duties with Johannson Motorsport this weekend also at the Paul Ricard Circuit.