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FIA F3’s post-season test to take place at Jerez this month

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

The official post-season FIA Formula 3 Championship test this year will take place at Jerez on September 21-23.

The Spanish circuit has thrice been used by the series before for testing, with it holding a post-season test in 2020 and then a delayed in-season test early last year that was initially supposed to have taken place pre-season and this year’s in-season test.

It means the series will have visited Spain post-season every year since its creation in 2019, having gone to Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit in its inaugural year and in 2021, and to Barcelona as well as Jerez two years ago.

Initially Bruno Michel, the promoter of FIA F3, had planned for a World Cup to take place at the Macau Grand Prix on November 17-20 but local quarantine restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 meant F3 did not make it onto the weekend schedule.

The date of the post-season test, less than two weeks after the final round at Monza this weekend, is on the same week that Euroformula is in action at Monza and Super Formula Lights is racing at Okayama. These are two F3-level series with drivers who are interested in doing FIA F3 testing but will likely only be free to do the first day of the Jerez test before needing to travel to race committments.

Some series also have sporting regulations that do not allow drivers to test cars of certain power-to-weight ratios during the season, which will rule out some interested drivers from the FIA F3 test as their seasons are still ongoing.