In 2017, Callum's final season in FIA F3, Callum took 7 wins, 12 podiums and 11 pole positions, including taking a commanding win of the Macau GP's Qualification Race at the FIA F3 World Cup. In the FIA F3 European Championship, Callum finished 4th overall, with more fastest laps and pole positions than any other driver. In 2016, Callum’s second season racing cars, he finished 6th overall in the FIA F3 European championship in 2016, and was also the highest placed British driver in the FIA F3 World Cup at Macau that year, with an overall 5th position for the Race 2 Grand Prix, and 2nd in the Qualifying Race.
“designed to be the perfect driver training ground for both Formula 2 and, ultimately, Formula 1" GP3 Series
So far the 7 season old series has produced 4 F1 drivers – Leclerc, Bottas, Ocon, Kyvat and Gutiérrez. The young drivers must showcase their skills both in speed, use of DRS and also in managing tyres, just like they will have to do when they move up the motorsport ladder. And with two races per weekend and reverse grids, these skills will prove crucial in the battle to become GP3’s champion.
For 2018 the typical eight event calendar has increased to 9 race weekends, with all nine events on the calendar being part of the Formula One World Championship. Seven rounds will be held on European soil, including a new event at Le Castellet in France, with another addition to the calendar to be held at Russia's Sochi street circuit. The GP3 series gives drivers’ first-hand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment and gaining the coveted F1 exposure. The Series races across Europe before a finale once again at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, making it a global experience and giving the teams and drivers a taste of the pressure to come in the senior categories.
“the ultimate end of year showdown and showcase of global racing talent.” Frederic Bertrand, FIA’s Circuit Championships Director.
The Macau Grand Prix has long held a reputation as a key event on the motorsport calendar which introduces motorsport’s rising stars to the world. World motorsport’s governing body the FIA afforded it ‘World Cup’ status in 2016 to recognise its historic role in helping to nurture talent, one that has over the decades seen the likes of legendary drivers Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher shine around the Guia Circuit as they took their first steps toward greatness. It has been the circuit that 15 of 22 of our 2016 Formula One drivers have all raced at in a bid to prove their prowess behind the wheel.
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