GP3 Series

GP3 Series
GP3-Serie logo.svg
CategorySingle seaters
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2010
Folded2018
Drivers28
Teams7
ConstructorsDallara
Engine suppliersMecachrome[1]
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Last Drivers' championUnited Kingdom George Russell
Last Teams' championFrance ART Grand Prix
Official websitegp3series.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The GP3 Series, or GP3 for short, is a single seater motor racing series launched in 2010 as a feeder series for the GP2 Series, introduced by GP2 organiser Bruno Michel.[2]

GP3 follows the entire European leg of the Formula One series and the GP2 (now Formula 2) series as a support race for the two. In 2012, the series visited the Monaco street circuit after 2 years of attempts, as they were always unable to beforehand due to lack of room. Like the GP2 series, GP3 gives drivers the experience of the Grand Prix environment, and takes advantage of the infrastructure, such as marshals and medical facilities, in place for the Formula One events. GP3 Series mainly races on European circuits, but has appearances on other international race tracks as well with their most recent races in the only 2015 season at the Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain and the Yas Marina Circuit in United Arab Emirates since 2010 season but GP3 Series are planning for more international races such as Albert Park, Austin, Interlagos, Marina Bay, Mexico City, Montreal, Shanghai and Suzuka in the future as the GP3 Series international expansion project plan.

Many drivers have since stepped up to GP2 since the series began, with the 2010 champion Esteban Gutiérrez, Pål Varhaug and ninth-place finisher Stefano Coletti being the first to do so for the 2011 season. 2011 champion Valtteri Bottas did not follow suit however, and instead joined Williams F1 as a reserve driver. Meanwhile, James Calado, Rio Haryanto, Simon Trummer, Tom Dillmann and Nigel Melker all joined GP2 for the 2012 season. Other drivers who have graduated to other series are James Jakes who moved to the IndyCar Series for 2011, Josef Newgarden to the Indy Lights series in 2011 and Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens who moved to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2011 and Lewis Williamson in 2012.

In the series' short history, nine drivers have gone on to compete, or are competing in Formula One currently after GP3. These include former champions Gutiérrez, Kvyat, Bottas and Ocon for Sauber, Red Bull Racing, Williams and Manor respectively, Jean-Éric Vergne and Carlos Sainz Jr. for Toro Rosso.

In 2019, the series will merge with the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to form the FIA Formula 3 Championship.[3]

GP3 Series cars

The GP3 Series car is a standardised car used by all of the competing teams.

Dallara GP3/10

A typical GP3/10 car driven by Tom Dillmann in 2011

For the 2010-2012 seasons, the GP3 series used the GP3/10 chassis.[4]

Chassis
The car had been designed and built by Dallara, who currently produces the GP2 chassis.
Engine
The GP3/10 used a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged 280 hp engine developed by Renault Sport, while turbochargers were supplied by Pankl Racing Systems. The wastegate was included due to turbocharger rules.
Gearbox
The GP3/10 used a 6 speed longitudinal sequential Hewland gearbox.
Tyres
Pirelli supplied the tyres for GP3 from 2010 to 2012, same supplier for the GP2 Series.

Dallara GP3/13

For the 2013-2015 seasons, the GP3 series used the GP3/13 chassis.[5]

Chassis
The car was also designed and built by Dallara.
Engine
The GP3/13 used a naturally aspirated 3.4-litre V6 400 hp engine, developed by AER Ltd. with designation P57.
Gearbox
The GP3/13 used a 6 speed longitudinal sequential gearbox developed by Hewland.
Tyres
Pirelli continued to supply the tyres for GP3 from 2013 onwards.
  • Engine displacement: 3.4 L (207 cu in) DOHC V6
  • Gearbox: 6-speed paddle shift gearbox (must have reverse)
  • Weight: 1,389 lb (630 kg)
  • Power output: 400 hp (298 kW)
  • Fuel: Elf LMS 102 RON unleaded
  • Fuel capacity: 65 litres (17 US gallons)
  • Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
  • Aspiration: naturally aspirated
  • Length: 4,480 mm (176 in)
  • Width: 1,880 mm (74 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,780 mm (109 in)
  • Steering: Non-assisted rack and pinion

Dallara GP3/16

The series uses another new chassis for the 2016 season, and will continued to be used until 2018.[6]

Chassis
The car has also been designed and built by Dallara.
Engine
The GP3/16 uses a naturally aspirated 3.4-litre V6 400 hp engine, developed by Mecachrome, prepared and maintained by Teos Engineering.
Gearbox
The GP3/16 will again use a 6 speed longitudinal sequential gearbox developed by Hewland.
Tyres
Pirelli will continue to supply the tyres for GP3 from 2016 onwards.
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