As the GP3 season gets underway tomorrow, Jann Mardenborough starts his next step towards a career in F1.
Driving the Arden International #6 car – the seat vacated by 2013 series champion Daniil Kvyat as he moved up to F1 – Jann enters qualifying for the first round tomorrow morning having impressed in pre-season testing. His first laps of the 2.9 mile Catalunya circuit in practice see him within 1.5s of the lead car in his rookie season.
Arden are owned by Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing, and GP3 forms the first stages of Jann’s training on the Red Bull Young Driver Program. Fourteen drivers from the scheme have so far graduated to F1, including current World Driver’s Champion Sebastian Vettel, while two other current F1 drivers can count GP3 amongst their training.
This season, GP3 will consist of 18 races (9 feature, 9 sprint) supporting 9 rounds of the Formula One World Championship at Catalunya, Red Bull Ring, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring, Spa, Monza, Sochi and Yas Marina.
Qualifying for the sprint race at Catalunya gets underway at 07.45 GMT/UTC on Saturday May 10th, with the race itself at 15.20 GMT/UTC following the F1 qualifying. The feature race follows at 07.25 GMT/UTC on Sunday. Live timing is available from the official GP3 Series website, while TV broadcasts will depend on your region.
Images courtesy of GP3Series.com.