British single-seater talent Harrison Newey begins a new chapter in his motorsport career this weekend as he makes his FIA European F3 debut.
17 year-old Newey will race at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, beginning his campaign in one of the world’s most competitive and renowned championships.
Racing for the Van Amersfoort Racing F3 team alongside team mates Pedro Piquet, Callum Ilott and Anthoine Hubert, in a Dallara F312-Mercedes-Benz (No.20), Newey has settled in well to F3 with pre-season tests at Vallelunga in Italy and at Barcelona and Jerez in Spain.
For Newey, 2016 represents another important step along his career path in motorsport. The FIA European Formula Three Championship has helped mould many F1 drivers in the past. This season will see the runner-up in last season’s BRDC F4 Championship race against much more experienced drivers, but Newey is relishing the prospect of soaking up more knowledge from both his experienced team and also by racing three times a weekend in the busy F3 format.
Circuit Paul Ricard was the scene of Harrison’s first ever car race when he took part in a French F4 Championship event in October 2014, albeit on a slightly different configuration of track at the venue.
This years FIA European Formula Three Championship is set to feature 24 cars as it embarks on a 10 event, 30 races, odyssey across Europe. The calendar takes in iconic tracks such as Pau, Norisring, Zandvoort, Spa and Imola, but starts with the unique challenge of the Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend.
A test this Thursday, 31st March, will precede a practice and qualifying on Friday. The first race of the weekend is scheduled to begin at 10.45 local time on Saturday morning. Race two will take place at 16.45, with the third and final event on Sunday at 10.30.
" I’m excited to start my F3 career this weekend. The testing I did at Barcelona and Jerez was positive. At Vallelunga itwas tricky to gather any meaningful data because of the weather but on the whole I think we are well prepared for the first event.
“It is difficult to give any predictions or detailed aims going in to the first race because there are so many unknowns. What I do know is that I feel good, the team are great and I will give it everything to start my first season in F3 in the most competitive way possible.”