GP3 calendar announced

Silverstone's Status Grand Prix will again field cars in the Grand Prix-supporting GP3 Series in 2013

Silverstone's Status Grand Prix will again field cars in the Grand Prix-supporting GP3 Series in 2013

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GP3 Series organisers have unveiled the 2013 calendar which will see the series race at eight events during the season.

Seven rounds will run alongside the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with an eighth standalone race weekend mid-June (venue to be announced at a later date).

The calendar 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 Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya, and it will be the first race for the new V6-powered GP3/13 car. The eagerly anticipated second-generation machine will make its debut as the Formula 1 season commences its European campaign.

GP3 will tour the European circuits with F1 and GP2 before heading off to Abu Dhabi for the final round of the season – a new destination for the category that is seen as a valuable formula for aspiring Grand Prix drivers.

GP3 Series CEO, Bruno Michel, said: “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 will be a thrilling challenge to the drivers as well as providing a spectacular conclusion for the fans at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“With the introduction of the new GP3/13 car: together with a brand new venue, this moves the Series in yet another positive direction.”

Silverstone’s Status Grand Prix will run cars in the 2013 GP3 Series, and are currently working on the new chassis at their Silverstone workshop.

The cars are being assembled ahead of the first pre-season test at Estoril in Portugal next month. Status have yet to announce their driver line-up for the new season, although news of who will drive their cars is expected shortly.

2013 GP3 Series calendar: May 10-12 Spain; June 14-16 TBA; June 28-30 Silverstone; July 5-7 Germany; July 26-28 Hungary; August 23-25 Belgium; September 6-8 Italy; November 1-3 Abu Dhabi.