2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship preview and entry list

  • 2018 Formula 3 Europe preview
  • 2018 Formula 3 Europe preview

The 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season will start this weekend in France, at the streets of Pau. Five months later, in October at Hockenheimring, we will get a new champion and a successor of the 2017 champ Lando Norris, who currently competes in Formula 2. A new champion would be also a successor of Lance Stroll, Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean or Lewis Hamilton, the former European F3 champions who currently compete in Formula One.

Ten rounds at famous Grand Prix circuits

The championship features again ten rounds with three races, with separate qualifying session for each race. Between season-opening Pau Grand Prix and season’s finale at Hockenheimring, the other venues which will host F3 races are Hungaroring, Norisring, Zandvoort, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Misano, Nürburgring and Red Bull Ring.

The Pau Grand Prix is a stand-alone event. In seven occasions, F3 races would be a part of the DTM weekend, one round would be a support to 24h Spa event and one round as a support to FIA WEC race at Silverstone.

2018 Formula 3 Europe preview Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher is considered as one of the favorites

Twenty-three drivers on the entry list

Twenty-three drivers from six teams are on the entry list for the European F3 season. The best five drivers (Lando Norris, Joel Eriksson, Maximilian Gunther, Callum Ilott, Jake Hughes) from the previous season graduated to another series (F2, GP3 or DTM).

The next four from the last year’s list will take main roles this year – Jehan Daruvala, Ferdinand Habsburg, Guanyu Zhou and Ralf Aron. Among the favorites, there will be also Mick Schumacher, a son of Michael Schumacher, who finished third among rookies last year. An experienced Alex Palou is also consedered as one of the favorites.

2018 Formula 3 Europe preview Carlin

Carlin will have six driver at European F3 grid

Thirteen drivers will fight for the Rookie title

This year, thirteen drivers will have a Rookie status in the European F3 Championship. Lando Norris triumphed last years in the championship as a rookie so maybe among those thirteen names are the future F3 champion.

Many of them already tasted the championship-winning success, such are Formula Renault Eurocup champion Sacha Fenestraz, British F3 champion Enaam Ahmed, German F4 champion Jüri Vips, Italian F4 champion Marcus Armstrong, UAE F4 champion Jonathan Aberdein or freshly crowned Toyota Racing Series champion Robert Shwartzmann. One of the rookies is Dan Ticktum, who won at Macau Grand Prix last year.

2018 Formula 3 Europe preview Prema

Prema will try to defend Teams’ title

The season 2018 is the last

Among the teams, Prema Theodore Racing will try to defend last year’s title against Carlin, Motopark, Hitech Grand Prix, Van Amersfoort Racing and ma-con. The German outfit ma-con previously competed in series in 2013 and now is returning after a four-year hiatus.

The 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship will be the last season of the series because in 2019 this championship and GP3 Series will merge into the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

2018 Formula 3 Europe preview Motopark

Motopark’s drivers for the 2018 European F3 season

2018 European Formula 3 Championship entry list

TeamEngineNumberDriver
Prema Theodore RacingMercedes1Guanyu Zhou
4Mick Schumacher
7Ralf Aron
8Marcus Armstrong (R)
10Robert Shwartzmann (R)
MotoparkVolkswagen3Sebastian Fernandez (R)
13Fabio Scherer (R)
23Jonathan Aberdein (R)
27Dan Ticktum (R)
33Marino Sato
44Juri Vips (R)
CarlinVolkswagen9Jehan Daruvala
11Sacha Fenestraz (R)
16Nikita Troitskiy (R)
17Devlin DeFrancesco
24Ameya Vaidyanathan
62Ferdinand Habsburg
Van Amersfoort RacingMercedes12Artem Petrov (R)
15Keyvan Andres
ma-comVolkswagen18Julian Hanses (R)
Hitech Grand PrixMercedes39Alex Palou
65Enaam Ahmed (R)
77Ben Hingeley (R)

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