Having tested in March for a total of four days at two current F1 circuits – the Hungaroring and the Red Bull Ring – the FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams and drivers now are about to hit the road to Misano, Italy. From 10th to 11th April, the 4.2-kilometre Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will stage the final two days of testing held in the run-up to the 2018 season that will be kicked off in mid-May in Pau, Southern France. And in late August the up-and-coming motor-racing young guns will return to Misano for the 19th, 20th and 21st rounds of the FIA Formula 3 European championship season.
Misano is making its debut appearance on the FIA F3 European Championship calendar. It was opened back in 1972 with a track length of 3.488 kilometres but due to several modifications the length amounts to 4.2 kilometres and the track features a total of 16 corners, today. Now, the two days of held at the Italian motor-racing testing venue will offer the young drivers the opportunity to perfectly prepare themselves and their vehicles for the latest addition to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
On two of the four days of pre-season testing contested to date, Mick Schumacher Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) proved to be the quickest, once the fastest lap of a day was set by Alex Palou (Hitech Grand Prix) and once by Daniel Ticktum (Motopark). And as that three drivers racing for three different teams succeeded in securing the top position at least once you definitely may look forward to a thrilling season with close racing. Four of the F3 hopefuls made it to the top 10 on all the four days: Germany’s Mick Schumacher and Spain’s Alex Palou as well as the two rookies Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin, France) and Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Grand Prix, UK). On none of the four days, Schumacher who made his FIA F3 European Championship debut in 2017 and secured his first podium in the series at Monza came worse than fourth, thus outperforming all the other 23 talents in the tests so far.
The first day of testing at Misano (Tuesday, 10th April), begins at 10:00hrs and will end at 16:50hrs. On day two (Wednesday, 11th April), the young drivers may begin their testing work at 09:00hrs CEST and have to stop at 15:50hrs. Once again, you can follow the tests via live timing at the official FIA Formula 3 European Championship website.