FIA F3 Testing

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The FIA Formula 3 European Championship has established itself as one of the leading junior categories in international single seater racing, while offering drivers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international level. The 10 events in 2017 are held in 8 different European countries, with appearances in Monza, Pau, Spa and Hungaroring. Similar to 2016, each event has the drivers competing in three races, with two scheduled for Saturday and one held Sunday morning. The length of all races is 33 minutes plus one lap. Each race meeting will begin on Friday, with two 40-minute back-to-back practice sessions, followed by two 20-minute qualifying sessions. Currently 18 of the 22 drivers on the 2016 Formula 1 grid have gained experience in Formula 3 including Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen, Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon. Test Program The test team is ideal for drivers who are currently in or out of championships. In particular, it would benefit young drivers looking to progress to the next category in their career, whilst still in a current championship. A lot of categories like GP3, GP2, World Series have very limited testing time on their calendars. Therefore, to keep drivers fresh Fortec Motorsports of this opportunity to all drivers at any level. This is an excellent learning process to drivers who haven’t been to circuits prior to their race weekend.

Event Calendar

14th – 16th AprilSilverstoneUK
29th – 30th AprilMonzaItaly
20th – 21st MayPauFrance
17th – 18th JuneHungaroringHungary
1st – 2nd JulyNorisringGermany
28th – 29th July Spa-FrancorchampsBelgium
19th-20th AugustZandvoortNetherlands
9th-10th SeptemberNurburgringGermany
23rd – 24th SeptemberRed Bull RingAustria
14th-15th OctoberHockenheimringGermany

Series Info

Formula 3 first saw the light of day in the early 50s and it is an essential branch of motor sport. If originally, its aim was to allow drivers to race on small budgets, it quickly established itself as an obligatory stepping stone to Formula 1. World champions Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Mika Häkkinen, Michaël Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel all revealed their talent in Formula 3.

Formula 3 has undergone many evolutions throughout its history, but its core essence has always remained unchanged giving pride of place to driving skills, thanks to a good balance between power and aerodynamic grip. Today, an F3 car puts out just over 200 bhp for a weight of 550 kg: an ideal power-to-weight ratio.

The technical regulations, which use technologies similar to those in F1 like a steering wheel-mounted sequential gear change, do not allow any driver aids to enable outstanding youngsters to show off their skills. In F3, the technical dialogue between the driver and his engineer is of primordial importance to define the best possible setup making it the ideal training environment.

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile wants to make the path of young drivers to Formula 1 clearer and simpler, so it is intensifying its involvement in Formula 3 by bringing back the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Other F3 championships are also held in other countries, and the Macau Grand Prix at the end of the season is a unique not-to-be-missed event, which has been won by the greatest names in motor sport.

Tech Specs

New for 2012 is the Dallara F312 chassis, with improved safety and greater efficiency being its two key features alongside a raft of new developments.

Data System: 
Bosch Motorsport Steering Wheel Mounted Dash & Data Logging System

Safety Features: 
FIA Approved roll hoop, Mandatory HANS Device,
Lateral driver’s head protection, removable steering wheel, six-point three-inch harness system,
FT3 deformable fuel cell, 5kg fire extinguisher

Engine layout: HWA Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder in-line, 16-valve and twin overhead camshafts.
Engine power: 250bhp approx at 6800rpm (approx.)

Speed: In excess of 160mph
Accelertation: 0-60 in 3.0s
Deceleration: 150-130mph in 2.8s

Weight: 567kg inc. driver and ballast
Length/width/height: 4351mm/1845mm/945mm
Wheelbase: 2800mm
Front/rear track: 1595mm/1540mm

Gearbox: Hewland 6-Speed Sequential

Springs: Dallara torsion bars and coil

Dampers: Koni – bump and rebound adjustable

Wheels: ATS – 9 inch fronts/10.5 inch rears

Tyres: Hankook