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Schedule for 2013 GP3 Series revealed

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Text: / Photos: GP3 Series Press | posted December 20, 2012 17:30

Abu Dhabi to host GP3 season finale in 2013

GP3 Series organizers have released the provisional 2013 calendar which consists of eight rounds in total. Seven rounds have been confirmed for the season which will run alongside the Formula 1 World Championship, with an eighth standalone race weekend on mid-June (venue to be announced at a later date). The calendar also features an exciting new venue for GP3 with Abu Dhabi hosting the final race of the season.

The Series will kick off its fourth season in Barcelona, Spain on May 10 to 12 with the brand new GP3/13 car. The second-generation machine will make its debut as the Formula 1 season commences its European campaign. The GP3 standalone event will follow on June 15 to 16 before the paddock then will travel to Silverstone, Nurburg and Budapest before the annual summer break.

GP3 will return to action on August 23 to 25 at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit with Monza the setting for the penultimate race weekend. The magnificent Abu Dhabi will set the scene for the season finale on November 1 to 3.

A total of nine pre-season test days will be held: first in Estoril on February 20 to 22, followed by Barcelona on March 12 and 13 and finally Silverstone on April 3 and 4. There will also be one mid-season test at the Hungaroring in Budapest on June 5 and 6.

GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel commented: "Since the Series’ inception, the calendar has always consisted of eight race weekends and it will be the case again in 2013. Seven of them will be held during a Formula One Grand Prix which is a fantastic opportunity for all our young drivers. The fact that the season will end in Abu Dhabi marks GP3 history with the first race weekend that will take place outside of Europe. It moves the Series in yet another positive direction. It will be a thrilling challenge to the drivers as well as providing a spectacular conclusion for the fans at the Yas Marina Circuit."

The tabulated race dates can be seen below:

Date

Venue

 

Feb 20-22

Estoril, Portugal

Test

Mar 12-13

Barcelona, Spain

Test

Apr 03-04

Silverstone, Great Britain

Test

May 10-12

Barcelona, Spain

Race

June 05-06

Budapest, Hungary

Test

June 14-16

TBA

Race

June 28-30

Silverstone, Great Britain

Race

July 05-07

Nurburg, Germany

Race

July 26-28

Budapest, Hungary

Race

Aug 23-25

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Race

Sep 06-08

Monza, Italy

Race

Nov 01-03

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Race