2017 Gp3 Series
The GP3 Series has been designed as the perfect training ground for young drivers, acting as a support series to the Formula One World Championship for nine race weekends of the season.
The Series was designed to be the perfect series in preparing young drivers to further their careers up the motorsport ladder - ready for both FIA Formula 2 and, ultimately, Formula 1.
All drivers use the same chassis, engine and Pirelli tyres, meaning the result is mainly down to the drivers in showcasing their skills both in speed and in managing tyres, as well as their theoretical understanding of the car setup and feedback.
There are two races per weekend, with the latter including a reverse grid for the top eight finishers of race one. This unique set format ran by GP3 and F2 tests driver skills to the maximum, creating a great battle to become the 2017 champion.
The pedigree and competitiveness of the GP3 Series is supported by the fact that despite only running for seven seasons, four GP3 champions have reached the impressive heights of Formula 1. Valtteri Bottas competed for Williams Martini Racing before moving to World Constructor's Champions Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, whilst his successor Daniil Kvyat remains in the Red Bull family and races for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The inaugural title winner Esteban Gutiérrez drove for Sauber F1 Team before signing as the Scuderia Ferrari Test and Reserve driver and moving to newcomers Haas F1 in 2016, while Esteban Ocon received a call up with Manor Racing in 2016, before moving up to Force India for 2017.
The 2017 calendar travels alongside the Formula One World Championship's traditional European Season. The GP3 Series will also travel alongside FIA Formula 2 for a stand-alone race at the Jerez Circuit for the penultimate race of the season, before finishing alongside Formula One at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi at the end of November, where the champion will be crowned.
The series benefits from a professional and experienced organisation to scrutineer the cars and oversee the running of all GP3 events, while FOM’s unparalleled expertise in the broadcasting and marketing of the GP3 Series ensures that it has truly global reach and appeal.
All the races are shown on Sky Sports F1 HD at each round, providing the global spectate that is the GP3 Series to a huge audience.
All the circuits for the 2017 season are displayed below, click on the circuit to find out all the race dates, track layout and other essential information about each round of the GP3 Series.