In 2016, the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship young guns once again will contest their races at the most important circuits of the continent. In ten race meetings held in seven different countries, the young drivers will battle for the title and the succession of this year’s champion, Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam).
The season will be kicked off in early April at Le Castellet. At the Southern French venue, the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship will race in a package with the FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC, and the same applies to the following race meeting, held three weeks later at the Hungaroring, not far from Budapest. In mid-May, the calendar features a true season highlight and the second race meeting in France: the GP de Pau. With Austria’s Red Bull Ring, Nuremberg’s Norisring, Zandvoort in the Netherlands, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring, the calendar features a number of challenging circuits where the young drivers on the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship grid already had to prove their skills in 2015. In early October, Imola is going to make its comeback on the calendar of the planet’s most competitive young-driver series and afterwards, the series will travel to Hockenheim, the traditional venue of the season finale. In addition to the two race weekends in the package with the WTCC, the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship will contest five race meetings in the support programme of its long-term partner DTM. At Imola, the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship drivers will share the paddock with the FIA ETCC and at Spa-Francorchamps they will join the Blancpain GT Series.
“We once again succeeded in creating an attractive calendar with many former and current Formula One World Championship venues,” Walter Mertes, CEO ‘Formel 3 Vermarktungs GmbH’, said delighted. “I think we once again found a well-balanced mix of most different circuit characteristics, thus offering the young drivers contesting the 2016 season a perfect platform to demonstrate their skills”.
The 2016 Fórmula 3 European Championship calendar at a glance:
03/04 – Paul Ricard (WTCC) / FRA
24/04 – Hungaroring (WTCC) / HUN
15/05 – Pau (F3 GP) / FRA
22/05 – Red Bull Ring – Spielberg (DTM) / AUT
26/06 – Norisring (DTM) / DEU
17/07 – Zandvoort (DTM) / NLD
30/07 – Spa-Francorchamps (Blancpain GT Series) / BEL
11/09 – Nürburgring (DTM) / DEU
02/10 – Imola (ETCC) / ITA
16/10 – Hockenheim (DTM) / DEU
Photo: FIA F3 Euro Series