Rookie drivers from four Formula 1 teams will be among those taking part in the post-season testing of the Formula 3 season starting tomorrow.
Reigning champion Team Prima will field a line-up made up entirely of F1-backed talent: Williams junior Zach O’Sullivan, Mercedes’ Paul Aarons and Ferrari’s Dino Beganovic will be driving their cars over the three days.
O’Sullivan finished 11th with Carlin in his rookie F3 season this year. Beganovic and Aron are team-mates in Formula One Europe and are third and first in the championship standings.
Red Bull Junior Jonny Edgar moves from the Trident line-up with MP Motorsport’s two-time F3 race winner Franco Colapinto and MP FREC driver Marie Boya. Spanish Formula 4 leader Nikola Tsolov and FREC racer Noel Leon are backed by Alpine and Red Bull respectively and will get their first taste of F3 at the Art Grand Prix and Van Amerfort Racing.
Grégoire Saucy, who was the 2021 FREC champion and made his FIA F3 podium this year, and 2020 BRDC British F3 champion Kylen Frederick will also drive for Art.
Two-time F1 world champion Emo Fittipaldi is testing the 15-year-old’s racing system at Charoz. Juan Pablo Montoya’s son Sebastian confirmed his test spot at Hitech GP after his FIA F3 debut with Campos earlier this month.
Euroformula leader Oliver Goethe – whose father and brother are both sports car racers – will line up with Trident after winning a race with Campos earlier this year. When the Euroformula Monza round starts on Friday, Goethe may not complete the full test.
This year’s GB3 champion was tipped to receive the F3 challenge, but his unexpectedly early trip to Jerez means the title has yet to be decided, falling before the end of the GB3 season. Points leader Luke Browning will not be at the test, but his only title challenger is Joel Granfors with Carlin. It is yet to be clear how the GB3 award challenge situation will be resolved.
Pirelli solid tires will be the only compound available during testing. Each day will be split into morning and afternoon sessions, with eight slick tires and three wet-air tires allocated to each car.
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