2013 marks the second season of the current FIA European F3 Championship era, and the first year since the F3 Euro Series has been absorbed into the championship.
The F3 Euro Series has been won by current F1 drivers from 2005 to 2009 – Hamilton, di Resta, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Bianchi. Last year Dani Juncadella won both series. This year, the new series has seen the usually strong British F3 be abandoned in favour of the 10-race competition taking place across Europe.
A few drivers are still to be announced, but with the first race just three weeks away, it’s time to take a look at who’s taking part.
What would a racing series be without Carlin? Without a doubt they are one of the best junior racing teams in existence, and they have a good four-driver lineup. Harry Tinknell continues with the team who he drove for in British F3 last year (and finished fifth). Canadian Nicolas Latifi is the only non-Brit, and finished seventh in Italian F3 last year. Jordan King has participated in a lot of series over his two racing seasons thanks to some generous sponsors, and done well in all of them. Jann Mardenborough started his racing career online, but shone in the British GT championship and has been gaining single seater experience this year.
Double R Racing have three drivers to their lineup. Tatiana Calderon has proven a strong female racer, and participated in the TRS NZ earlier this year. Indonesian Sean Gelael came fourth in Formula Pilota China last year, while Antonio Giovinazzi won the championship.
EuroInternational so far only have one driver announced: British-Swedish driver Tom Blomqvist who participated in the series last year and finished 7th (and the same in the F3 Euro Series).
Fortec are another very strong racing team from Britain, and like Carlin have four drivers in their lineup. Josh Hill is the son and grandson of champions, and talented in his own right. Pipo Derani was in British F3 last year and won two races. Felix Serralles began his racing career in the US, and finished a close third in last year’s British F3. Dmitry Suranovich participated in GP3 last year and caused a scary accident with Conor Daly after his back wing came off and he ignored black and orange flags.
Tomorrow, four more teams.