Formula 3 returns for pre-season tests in Sakhir

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 Formula 3 Championship will return for its second season on March 1, as the teams hit the track for three days of pre-season testing in Sakhir, Bahrain.

What to expect?

With the knowledge of a debut season safely under their belts, the teams will make their hotly anticipated return to action in Bahrain.

Sessions will take place in the warm and dry conditions of the Sakhir desert, on the Bahrain International Circuit, which is set to host an F3 event for the first time later in March.

Running Sunday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 3, the day will be split into a morning session, from 9am until 11.30am, and an afternoon session, from 2.30pm until 5pm.

Driving on medium compounds, temperatures are expected to range between 22-25 degrees, in dry conditions, handing teams maximum track time to test the cars for the first time this year.

Fresh faces and returning favourites

With the top six drivers from the 2019 Championship all moving on – five of whom have graduated to Formula 2 – a host of new faces are set to do battle at the top of the table.

Lining up in Championship winning machinery, PREMA Racing’s new trio of drivers will face the daunting task of picking up from where their predecessors left off.
Frederik Vesti and Oscar Piastri join the Italian side on the back of winning the Formula Regional European title and the Formula Renault Eurocup title. Lining up alongside them will be the returning Logan Sargeant, a podium finisher at this year’s F3 World Cup in Macau.

Looking to take the fight to PREMA in 2020 will be 2019 Teams’ vice-champions Hitech Grand Prix, who have recruited the returning duo of Max Fewtrell and Liam Lawson, both of whom were podium finishers in the 2019 campaign. Joining them will be Italian F4 Champion Dennis Hauger.

ART have opted for a similar style of line-up to PREMA, running returning racer Sebastian Fernandez alongside a rookie pairing of Theo Pourchaire and Alexander Smolyar. Jake Hughes - the highest place finisher from 2019 to return to the grid – retains his seat at HWA RACELAB, alongside rookie duo Enzo Fittipaldi and Jack Doohan.

Meanwhile, Sophia Flörsch will become the first female racer to compete in F3 at Campos Racing, alongside Alessio Deledda and Alexander Peroni, who makes his return to the Championship following his recovery from a spinal injury suffered from a crash in Monza last year.

Formula 3 Championship, Sakhir pre-season Test: Driver Entry List

Car No. Driver License Team
1 Oscar Piastri AUS PREMA Racing
2 Frederik Vesti DNK PREMA Racing
3 Logan Sargeant USA PREMA Racing
4 Max Fewtrell GBR Hitech Grand Prix
5 Liam Lawson NZL Hitech Grand Prix
6 Dennis Hauger NOR Hitech Grand Prix
7 Theo Pourchaire FRA ART Grand Prix
8 Alexander Smolyar RUS ART Grand Prix
9 Sebastian Fernandez ESP ART Grand Prix
10 Lirim Zendeli DEU Trident
11 Devlin DeFrancesco CAN Trident
12 Oliver Caldwell GBR Trident
14 Enzo Fittipadi BRA HWA RACELAB
15 Jake Hughes GBR HWA RACELAB
16 Jack Doohan AUS HWA RACELAB
17 Richard Verschoor NLD MP Motorsport
18 Bent Viscaal NLD MP Motorsport
19 Lukas Dunner AUT MP Motorsport
20 Calan Williams AUS Jenzer Motorsport
21 Federico Malvestiti ITA Jenzer Motorsport
22 Matteo Nannini ITA Jenzer Motorsport
23 Niko Kari FIN Charouz Racing System
24 Igor Fraga BRA Charouz Racing System
25 David Schumacher DEU Charouz Racing System
26 Clement Novalak GBR Carlin Buzz Racing
27 Enaam Ahmed GBR Carlin Buzz Racing
28 Cameron Das USA Carlin Buzz Racing
29 Alexander Peroni AUS Campos Racing
30 Alessio Deledda ITA Campos Racing
31 Sophia Flörsch DEU Campos Racing