Felix Rosenqvist is set to expand his Formula 3 commitments for 2012, with the 20-year-old Swede joining the revived FIA European Formula 3 Championship in addition to his Formula 3 Euro Series assault.
The European Formula 3 Championship originally took place between 1975-1984, and has been reintroduced to the sport ahead of the new campaign as a means by international motor racing governing body, the FIA, to further strengthen the category. The European Championship will run over ten weekends, eight of which will take place in conjunction with Formula 3 Euro Series events and the other two being contested within the framework of the British F3 Series. The winner of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship will be rewarded with a test in Formula 1.
"It’s a good feeling to be able to double up this year and get the chance of racing in an official European Championship," says Felix Rosenqvist. "From a practical point of view, this doesn’t change too much in my 2012 programme, and the vast majority of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship races will be run together with Formula 3 Euro Series. The FIA has come up with a concept that enables the teams and drivers to dovetail their campaigns, and this will undoubtedly stimulate very tough competition. I’m definitely looking forward to it."
Despite its races being synchronised with Formula 3 Euro Series and British F3 events, the FIA European Formula 3 Championship will hold status as a separate series with its own, standalone points’ structure. Unlike in Formula 3 Euro Series – where each round consists of three points-paying races – only one or two selected races at each of the meetings will count towards the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Forming the backbone of the European Championship, Formula 3 Euro Series in itself has also attracted an increasing number of drivers ahead of the new season, which kicks off at Hockenheim next weekend. The official entry list will be made available at www.felixracing.se once it is published by the FIA.
The 2012 FIA European Formula 3 champion receives a Formula 1 test session with Ferrari, and the most successful drivers will also be invited to try out both DTM and Formula 2 machinery.
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