FIA F3 releases 2014 entry list
In total, 30 outstanding young drivers and 12 teams will be competing this year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Talents from 17 countries, including eight rookie drivers, will be competing for valuable championship points during 11 race weekends. At prestigious Formula 1 tracks and demanding street circuits, 33 races will be held all over Europe at meetings shared with international top-class series.
More than any other one of the young drivers, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) has unfinished business. In 2013, the Swede was beaten in the closing stages of the season by his fiercest rival, reigning European champion Raffaele Marciello. This season, the 22-year-old wants to put things straight.
With four drivers each, Italy and Great Britain have the largest contingent in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship field. Rookie drivers Max Verstappen and Jules Szymkowiak (both Van Amersfoort Racing) will be defending the Dutch colours, together with experienced driver Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam). In the second year since the revival, initiated by global governing body, the FIA, countless new drivers are joining the old hands: John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) from Sweden, who raced as a guest driver in last year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship on two occasions, will now take on his first full season. Next to 17-year-old Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who is supported by the Lotus Formula 1 team, other exceptional talents among the rookie drivers are Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational), only 15 years old, Ferrari Driver Academy protégé Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) or McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Jake Dennis (Carlin). Throughout the 2014 season, a total of eight novice drivers will be challenging for the title of the best rookie, which is new for this year.
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), the son of former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist, remains loyal to the series, just like the 2013 British Formula 3 Champion Jordan King (Carlin) or the only lady racer in the field, Tatiana Calderón. The Colombian will be racing alongside her compatriot Oscar Tunjo, a Formula 3 novice, for French team Signature, using Renault engines.
Richard ‘Spike’ Goddard and Spaniard Alexander Toril (both ThreeBond with T Sport) will also enter unchartered territory as they will be using an engine from Neil Brown Engineering.
Next to Rosenqvist, German team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport has more experienced drivers in its ranks: Austrian Lucas Auer and Israeli Roy Nissany. Australian Mitch Gilbert, on the other hand, has left the German team to race the second car at Fortec Motorsports. Double R Racing has signed 22-year-old Felipe Guimaraes from Brazil. Newcomer Team West-TecF3 has entered a Dallara-Mercedes to be raced by Felix Serralles from Puerto Rico.
2014 FIA F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST
1 – Nicholas Latifi (CAN), Prema Powerteam – Dallara F312-Mercedes
2 – Esteban Ocon (FRA), Prema Powerteam – Dallara F312-Mercedes * Rookie
3 – Lucas Auer (AUT), kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport – Dallara F312-Mercedes
4 – Roy Nissani (ISR), kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport – Dallara F312-Mercedes
5 – Jordan King (GBR), Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen
6 – Edward Jones (GBR), Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen
7 – Riccardo Agostini (ITA), Eurointernational – Dallara F312-Mercedes
8 – Michele Beretta (ITA), Eurointernational – Dallara F312-Mercedes * Rookie
9 – Mitch Gilbert (AUS), Fortec Motorsports – Dallara F312-Mercedes
10 – John Bryant-Meisner (SWE), Fortec Motorsport – Dallara F312-Mercedes
11 – Richard Goddard (AUS), ThreeBond with T-Sport – Dallara F312-NBE
12 – Alexander Toril (ESP), ThreeBond with T-Sport – Dallara F312-NBE
14 – Felipe Guimaraes (BRA), Double R Racing – Dallara F312-Mercedes
15 – Jules Szymkowiak (NLD), Van Amersfoort Racing – Dallara F312-Volkswagen * Rookie
16 – Gustavo Menezes (USA), Van Amerstoort Racing – Dallara F312-Volkswagen
17 – Sandro Zeller (CHE), Jo Zeller Racing – Dallara F312-Mercedes
18 – TBA, Jo Zeller Racing – Dallara F312-Mercedes
19 – Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA), Jagonya Ayam with Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen
20 – Sean Gelael (IND), Jagonya Ayam with Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen
21 – Felix Serrales (PRI), Team West-TecF3 – Dallara F312-Mercedes
22 – TBA, Team West-TecF3 – Dallara F312-Mercedes
23 – Oscar Tunjo (COL), Signature – Dallara F312-Renault * Rookie
24 – Tatiana Calderón (COL), Signature – Dallara F312-Renault
25 – Antonio Fuoco (ITA), Prema Powerteam – Dallara F312-Mercedes * Rookie
26 – Dennis van De Laar (NLD), Prema Powerteam – Dallara F312-Mercedes
27 – Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport – Dallara F312-Mercedes
28 – Jake Dennis (GBR), Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen * Rookie
29 – Santino Ferrucci (USA), Eurointernational – Dallara F312-Mercedes * Rookie
30 – Max Verstappen (NLD), Van Amersfoort Racing – Dallara F312-Volkswagen * Rookie
31 – Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Jagonya Ayam with Carlin – Dallara F312-Volkswagen