The Season


2016 Season

The goal of the GP3 Series is to give young upcoming drivers a chance to develop their driving skills and jump to the next step: GP2 and then Formula 1.

This has proved successful with our inaugural Champion Esteban Gutierrez and his successor Valtteri Bottas both securing Formula 1 drives in the 2013 season. The latest addition to F1 is Daniil Kvyat who made his debut in 2014 with Scuderia Toro Rosso and has now progressed to Red Bull Infinity Racing Team for this season.

The Series has been designed to make it the perfect driver training ground for GP2 and Formula One. All GP3 events follow the Formula One Calendar giving drivers firsthand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment and gaining that all important F1 exposure.

 

 

Calendar (Provisional)

2016 Schedule includes the following seven meetings;

Date Venue Remark
13-15 May Barcelona, Spain Round 1
1-3 July Red Bull Ring, Austria Round 2
8-10 July Silverstone, UK Round 3
22-24 July Hungaroring, Hungary Round 4
29-31 July Hockenheim, Germany Round 5
26-28 Aug CSpa-Francorchamps,Belgium Round 6
2-4 Sept Monza, Italy Round 7
30 Sept-2 Oct Sepang, Malaysia Round 8
25-27 Nov Yas Marina, UAE Round 9

Circuits

Circuits

De Barcelona-Catalunya

 Red Bull Ring

  Silverstone Circuit

 Hungaroring

Hockenheimring

De Spa-Francorchamps

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Sepang International Yas Marina Circuit

The Car

Technical data chassis The GP3/16

Design criteria
  • Aerodynamics optimized to facilitate overtaking. Very low ride height sensitivity and wide range of suspension set up possibilities.  
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Compliant to FIA F1 2010 / 2015 safety rules.

            • Static tests.

            • Crash tests.

            • Anti intrusion panels.

            • Drivers head protection.

            • Wheel tether cables

Technology
  • Compromise between performance and cost effectiveness wherever possible.
  • Extensive use of composite materials but limited usage of the most expensive carbon fibers.
  • Sequential gearbox
  • Electro-hydraulic gear shift system but hydraulic pressure limited to 55 bars.
  • All in one ECU- GCU – Data logger equipment.
  • High speed data acquisition system but no telemetry.
Chassis and Bodywork
  • Chassis designed by Dallara Automobili.
  • Carbon Monocoque complying to FIA F1 2010 Safety standards.
  • Front and rear wing made out of carbon composite material.
Engine
  • Bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder 3.4 litres naturally aspirated 400 HP @ 8000 rpm.
  • Fly by wire throttle system.
Gearbox
  • Bespoke six gear longitudinal gearbox designed by Hewland.
  • Magneti Marelli electro-hydraulic command via paddle shift from steering wheel.
Tyres
  • Pirelli tyres.
  • Three specific compounds developed for GP3 to provide:
    The best suitable compound for every circuit.  
Performance
  • A top speed of 301.6 km/h.
  • Lateral acceleration up to +/- 2.6 G.
  • Maximum braking deceleration -1.9 G
  • Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h: 3.0 seconds
  • Acceleration 0 – 200km/h: 7.7 seconds