FIA Formula 3 returns to action at pre-season testing in Bahrain

FIA Formula 3 returns to action at pre-season testing in Bahrain

01.03.2022: The FIA Formula 3 championship hits the track in Sakhir, Bahrain, this week, following a spectacular campaign from Dennis Hauger, which saw him crowned 2021 FIA Formula 3 Champion and earned him a well-deserved promotion into the second tier with PREMA Ra


The FIA Formula 3 championship hits the track in Sakhir, Bahrain, this week, following a spectacular campaign from Dennis Hauger, which saw him crowned 2021 FIA Formula 3 Champion and earned him a well-deserved promotion into the second tier with PREMA Racing.

 

Starting on Wednesday, the three days of testing will give the teams and drivers a chance to prepare ahead of the season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit, which will kick off the 18-race, 9-round season.




WHAT TO EXPECT



Running from 2 – 4 March, each day of the official pre-season test will be split into a morning and an afternoon session, with a total of 15 hours of track time available across the three days. The first session of the day will begin at 09:00 and end at 11:30, while the second session will start at 14:30 and run until 17:00 (GMT+3).



Teams will be testing on Pirelli’s hard compound tyres, the same compound that will be used during the opening round of the season at the Bahrain International Circuit, which takes place on 18-20 March. Each car will be allocated eight sets of tyres for the duration of the test.





THE CHALLENGERS




• The 2022 pre-season Formula 3 field features plenty of exciting new talent with 16 rookies joining 14 established names, including 2021’s highest placed rookie, Victor Martins.



• While every team on the grid will field at least one rookie this season, Hitech Grand Prix, Campos Racing, and Van Amersfoort Racing are all set to compete with two first-year drivers. Carlin are the only team to run rookies in all three cars with, Zak O’Sullivan, Brad Benavides and Enzo Trulli.



• Despite sharing a combined 275 starts, this year’s Formula 3 cohort have an average age of just 19 years old. Campos Racing have the youngest team on the grid this year, with the average age of the Spanish squad’s drivers sitting at just 17 years old.


• Three drivers in this year’s field have already claimed Formula 3 victories.



• The 2022 grid also features six Formula 3 podium-sitters including Jak Crawford, who became F3’s youngest ever podium-sitter at just 16 years 3 months and 26 days old last year.



• An incredible 18 nationalities are represented in this year’s Formula 3 driver roster, including two new nationalities, Malaysian and Barbadian. Nazim Azman and Zane Maloney are set to become the first-ever Malaysian and Barbadian F3 drivers respectively, when they make their debuts later this month.


• This season also sees the appearance of a new team in Formula 3, with Dutch-based outfit Van Amersfoort Racing set to contest their maiden season in the third tier following their first on-track experience at post-season testing in Valencia in November 2021.



• Jenzer Motorsport will field Patrik Pasma for this week’s pre-season test in Sakhir, with the Finn yet to be confirmed for the season with the Swiss outfit.





WHERE TO FOLLOW




Follow pre-season testing on the official FIA Formula 3 Championship website via live timing here.





- Alexa QUintin, photo Formula3


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