Fortec evaluating European F3 return with Hockenheim test


Ferdinand Habsburg - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Fortec Motorsports are looking into a possible return to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, and will participate in this week’s two-day test around the Hockenheimring.

The team were one of a handful of teams to withdraw from the championship ahead of the current season, but are evaluating a return to a series that they had been a part of right from when the championship was reinvigorated back in 2013.

Fortec will bring two cars to the German circuit for the test, with Russian driver Vasily Romanov and Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg behind the wheel.

For Habsburg in particular, it would be more workload on the youngsters shoulders, with drives already in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with Fortec, as well as in EuroFormula Open with Drivex School.

Romanov on the other hand only races in the two Formula Renault championships, and secured his first podium finish of the season in the last NEC event at the Hungaroring.

Fortec Motorsport’s Richard Dutton is confident that the tests will lead to a return to the championship for the team, perhaps towards the end of the current season.

“Fortec are delighted to return for the official FIA F3 test at Hockenheim,” said Dutton.  “We have carried out an extensive test programme with several drivers in preparation for a return to the championship towards the end of the year.”