2017 GP3 Series season preview
The 2017 GP3 Series kicks-off this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and in the new season we will see many new talents.
Reduced number of rounds and teams
This will be the 8th edition of the championship that provides a good opportunity for young, upcoming drivers which are dreaming about joining the Formula 1. In 2017 there will be a plenty of new drivers but the number of teams decreased after Koiranen GP left the series, so just six teams, including the defending champions ART Grand Prix, will be on the grid.
The number of races is also reduced from 9 to 8. Races at Hockenheim and Sepang are removed from the calendar while Jerez Circuit will make its debut in GP3 Series. Probably the biggest change for the new season is the introduction of DRS to allow drivers to achieve a higher top speed and make overtaking easier.
2017 GP3 Series calendar
|Race 1 & Race 2||May 13-14||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya|
|Race 3 & Race 4||July 8-9||Red Bull Ring|
|Race 5 & Race 6||July 15-16||Silverstone Circuit|
|Race 7 & Race 8||July 29-30||Hungaroring|
|Race 9 & Race 10||August 26-27||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Race 11 & Race 12||September 2-3||Autodromo Nazionale Monza|
|Race 13 & Race 14||October 7-8||Circuito de Jerez|
|Race 15 & Race 16||November 25-26||Yas Marina Circuit|
10 new names on the entry list
The new drivers in the series are Anthoine Hubert, George Russell, Marcos Siebert, Niko Kari, Bruno Baptista, Julien Falchero, Leonardo Pulcini, Ryan Tveter, Raoul Hyman, and Dorian Boccolacci, while four drivers changed the teams.
Tatiana Calderon moved from Arden International to DAMS, Steijn Schothorst who raced for Campos Racing switched to Arden International, Kevin Jorg moved from DAMS to Trident, and Jack Aitken, who is considered to be a title contender this year, signed with ART Grand Prix after racing for Arden International in the previous season.
2017 GP3 Series entry list
|1||Jack Aitken||United KIngdom||ART Grand Prix|
|2||Nirei Fukuzumi||Japan||ART Grand Prix|
|3||George Russell||United Kingdom||ART Grand Prix|
|4||Anthoine Hubert||France||ART Grand Prix|
|5||Niko Kari||Finland||Arden International|
|6||Leonardo Pulcini||Italy||Arden International|
|7||Steijn Schothorst||Netherlands||Arden International|
|22||Alessio Lorandi||Italy||Jenzer Motorsport|
|24||Arjun Maini||India||Jenzer Motorsport|
|26||Julien Falchero||France||Campos Racing|
|27||Raoul Hyman||South Africa||Campos Racing|
|28||Marcos Siebert||Argentina||Campos Racing|