2016 GP3 Series calendar unveiled

GP3 Series organisers have officially announced the calendar for the upcoming season with the championship to be held over nine rounds – all of which being support events for the Formula One Championship.

Seven of the rounds are to be held on European soil with two flyaway rounds, including a GP3 debut at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

The seventh season of the series, will once again kick off at Barcelona on May 13-15. June is a quiet month for the GP3 drivers  with the only track action that they will see being two days of testing at Spielberg in Austria.

They return to racing at Spielberg on July 1-3 to kick-start a hectic month for the drivers and teams, with Silverstone, Budapest and Hockenheim also happening before the summer break.

Racing restarts at Spa-Francorchamps on August 26-28, with the final European round at Monza happening the following weekend.

The GP3 Series will make its maiden visit to the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on September 30 – October 2 for the first of the two flyaways, with the final round of the championship to be once again be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on November 25-27.

There will also be seven days of pre-season testing days in Estoril, Valencia and Barcelona.

GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel commented: “The fact that we will run alongside nine Formula One events this season guarantees great exposure for our young and talented drivers. This will give them the best opportunity to showcase their potential on the same tracks, using Pirelli tyres, in front of the F1 fraternity.

“We welcome the addition of Sepang to the GP3 calendar which will provide yet another intriguing challenge. It promises to be another very exciting year, especially with the introduction of the third generation GP3 car.”

DateVenueEvent Type
22-24 MarchEstoril, Portugal Test
07-08 April Valencia, SpainTest
20-21 April Barcelona, SpainTest
13-15 MayBarcelona, SpainRace
07-08 June Spielberg, Austria Test
01-03 July Spielberg, AustriaRace
08-10 JulySilverstone, Great BritainRace
22-24 JulyBudapest, HungaryRace
29-31 July Hockenheim, Germany Race
26-28 AugustSpa-Francorchamps, BelgiumRace
02-04 September Monza, Italy Race
30 Sep - 02 October Sepang, Malaysia Race
27-29 November Yas Marina, UAERace