“FIA European F3 retains 11-round calendar for 2015”
The FIA European F3 Championship has elected to maintain an eleven round campaign for the 2015 season, albeit with slight modifications.
As per usual, the championship will play support to the DTM at seven rounds, while also running alongside the FIA WEC, ADAC GT Masters and Italian GT Championship at one round each.
As has often been the case in recent years, Formula 3 will headline the prestigious Pau Grand Prix.
Like last year, the season will kick off at Silverstone in April alongside the WEC, before moving onto Hockenheim in support of the DTM season opener over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The Pau Grand Prix’ request to move to the weekend of May 15th-17th has been approved and the month will finish with the championship’s return to Monza in support of Italian GT.
Initial plans to link a visit to Spa-Francorchamps as opener for the Total Spa 24 Hours have not materialised; however the Belgian classic does appear on the calendar in mid-June, albeit on the ADAC GT Masters programme.
The end of June sees Formula 3 making its annual visit to the mad streets of Norisring and will return to Zandvoort in July and then the Red Bull Ring at the end of the month.
Formula 3 then moves to Moscow Raceway at the end of August – a round that caused much tension earlier this year, when three British teams did not travel to the Russian event due to heightened costs.
As such, in the latest version of the championship’s Sporting Regulations, the FIA has declared that ‘any competitor who fails to participate in an event will be reported to the stewards of the event in question.’
Thereafter a month break will follow, with the championship moving to the Nürburgring at the end of September, before the series returns to Hockenheim for the finale over the third weekend of October.
2015 FIA European F3 calendar April 10-12: Silverstone, UK (WEC) May 1-3: Hockenheim, Germany (DTM) May 15-17: Pau, France (Formula 3 Grand Prix) May 29-31: Monza, Italy (Italian GT) June 19-21: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (ADAC GT Masters) June 26-28: Norisring, Germany (DTM) July 10-12: Zandvoort, Holland (DTM) July 31 – August 2: Red Bull Ring, Austria (DTM) August 28-30: Moscow Raceway, Russia (DTM) September 25-27: Nürburgring, Germany (DTM) October 16-18: Hockenheim, Germany (DTM)