Formula 3 cars return to Pau's street circuit this weekend, as the Grand Prix de Pau forms the second round of the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy.
Formula 3 last ran around the streets of the city in 2008 as support to the World Touring Car Championship, while the event did not run at all last year. However, the creation by the FIA of the International Trophy gave the Pau organisers the perfect opportunity to reignite the event.
The first round of the International Trophy took place at Hockenheim in tandem with the Formula 3 Euro Series. Roberto Merhi of Prema Powerteam won both races to take an early lead in the standings, with teammate Daniel Juncadella tied with Signature's Daniel Abt for second place.
Joining this leading trio in Pau will be Abt's regular Signature teammates Laurens Vanthoor, Carlos Munoz and Marco Wittmann, though Wittmann is not registered for the International Trophy. Motopark Academy run Kimiya Sato, who arrives in Pau off the back of his maiden Euro Series win at Zandvoort last weekend, with a second car for the also-unregistered Tom Dillmann.
British F3 team Carlin lines up with Carlos Huertas and Jazeman Jaafar as its International Trophy representatives, with reigning Formula BMW Pacific champion and Japanese series regular Richard Bradley entered in a third car by the team.
2007 British F3 champion Marko Asmer makes his return to the category for Double R Racing. He is joined by the team's regular peddler Luis Felipe Derani.