Two street circuits, three Formula 1 GP venues and ten race weekends featuring a total of 20 races: that’s what the Formula 3 Euro series drivers may look forward to in 2008. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, England and Italy are the countries that will host rounds of the planet’s most competitive young-gun series, in 2008. 18 of the 20 races will be held within the scope of DTM, thus offering the up-and-coming talents the chance of proving their skills in front of an average crowd of 80,000 spectators as well as the DTM Team Principals. While one race weekend will be contested in the support programme of the WTCC.
The street races at Nuremberg’s Norisring (D) and in Pau (F) represent special highlights for the young drivers. Furthermore, the Formula 3 Euro Series will race on the Formula 1 tracks Hockenheimring (D), Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona, E) and Nürburgring (D). The other race weekends will be held at Zandvoort (NL), Brands Hatch (GB), Mugello (I) and the rich in tradition Le Mans circuit (France). Hockenheim traditionally represents the venue of both season opener and season finale.
For the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Kazuki Nakajima, the Formula 3 Euro Series represented the stepping stone to Formula One. They all received a GP driver or test driver deal at the pinnacle of motor racing, following their successes achieved in the world’s most competitive young-gun series. At the same time, Bruno Spengler, Paul di Resta, Jamie Green and Alexandros Margaritis were signed by Mercedes-Benz for DTM. Since the creation of the Formula 3 Euro Series, a total of 21 drivers made it straight to Formula 1 or DTM, from there – more than from any other series worldwide.
The 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series race calendar
- 11th to 13th April Hockenheim (D) with DTM
- 02nd to 04th May Mugello (I) with DTM
- 30th May to 01st June Pau (F) with WTCC
- 27th to 29th June Norisring (D) with DTM
- 11th to 13th July Zandvoort (NL) with DTM
- 25th to 27th July Nürburgring (D) with DTM
- 29th to 31st August Brands Hatch (GB) with DTM
- 19th to 21st September Barcelona (E) with DTM
- 03rd to 05th October Le Mans (F) with DTM
- 24th to 26th October Hockenheim (D) with DTM