Silverstone return confirmed in finalised 2017 calendar

by Paul Hensby

The FIA European Formula 3 Championship will return to the United Kingdom as a support to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017 after a year off the calendar.

The schedule for the new season has been confirmed by the FIA and sees the Silverstone circuit hosting the opening round of the season on 14-16 April in a busy weekend of racing that also takes in the World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Formula V8 3.5.

The Championship then supports the World Touring Car Championship at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza at the end of April before its headlining event at the Pau Grand Prix on May 20-21.

The Hungaroring and the Norisring follow as support to the DTM Series on 17-18 June and 01-02 July respectively, before its now traditional support to the Blancpain GT Series 24-hour event at Spa-Francorchamps on 28-29 July.

The final four rounds will all support the DTM, with Zandvoort scheduled for 19-20 August, Nurburgring on 09-10 September, the Red Bull Ring on 23-24 September and the Hockenheimring finale on 14-15 October.

“We once again succeeded in creating a calendar including an attractive mix of former and current Formula One World Championship venues,” said Walter Mertes, the CEO of ‘Formel 3 Vermarktungs GmbH’.  “I believe the calendar offers a good combination of different circuit characteristics for young drivers to further develop their skills.

“At the same time providing drivers and teams with the opportunity to showcase themselves on top level motorsport platforms like DTM, WEC, WTCC and the Blancpain GT Series.”

2017 FIA European Formula 3 Championship Calendar

14-16 AprilSilverstoneGreat Britain
29-30 AprilAutodromo Nazionale MonzItaly
20-21 MayPauFrance
17-18 JuneHungaroringHungary
01-02 JulyNorisringGermany
28-29 JulySpa-FrancorchampsBelgium
19-20 AugustZandvoortNetherlands
09-10 SeptemberNurburgringGermany
23-24 SeptemberRed Bull RingAustria
14-15 OctoberHockenheimringGermany

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