Mercedes, Williams, Ferrari and Red Bull F1 juniors join first 2023 F3 test

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Junior drivers from four Formula 1 teams are among those who will take part in Formula 3’s post-season test at Jerez, which starts tomorrow.

Reigning champion team Prema will run a line-up consisting entirely of F1-backed talents, with Williams junior Zak O’Sullivan, Mercedes’ Paul Aron and Ferrari’s Dino Beganovic driving their cars in the three-day test.

O’Sullivan came 11th in his rookie F3 season this year with Carlin. Beganovic and Aron are team mates at Prema in Formula Regional Europe and are first and third in the championship standings respectively.

Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar moves from Trident’s line-up to test with MP Motorsport alongside two-times F3 race winner Franco Colapinto and MP’s FREC driver Mari Boya. Spanish Formula 4 leader Nikola Tsolov and FREC racer Noel Leon have support from Alpine and Red Bull respectively and will get their first taste of F3 with Art Grand Prix and Van Amersfoort Racing.

Gregoire Saucy, who was 2021 FREC champion and made the podium in FIA F3 this year, and 2020 BRDC British F3 champion Kaylen Frederick will also be driving for Art.

Sebastian Montoya made his FIA F3 debut at Zandvoort
Emmo Fittipaldi, the 15-year-old son of two-times F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will test for Charouz Racing System. Juan Pablo Montoya’s son Sebastian has secured a test berth with Hitech GP after making his FIA F3 debut with Campos earlier this month.

Euroformula leader Oliver Goethe – whose father and brother are both sportscar racers – lines up with Trident after also getting a race opportunity with Campos earlier this year. Goethe may not do the full test as Euroformula’s Monza round begins on Friday.

This year’s GB3 champion is supposed to receive a prize F3 test, but the unexpectedly early scheduling of its trip to Jerez means it falls before the end of the GB3 season and the title has not yet been decided. Points leader Luke Browning will not be at the test, but his sole title rival Joel Granfors is with Carlin. GB3 is yet to clarify how its prize test situation will be resolved.

Pirelli’s hard tyre will be the only compound available during the test. Each day is to be split into morning and afternoon sessions with eight sets of slick tyres and three sets of grooved wet-weather rubber allocated to each car.

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7 comments on “Mercedes, Williams, Ferrari and Red Bull F1 juniors join first 2023 F3 test”

  1. Any word on where Andrea Antonelli will be for 2023?

    1. Most likely FRECA.

  2. One word: “Nepotism”

    1. Exactly! I would love to see Montoya’s son racing though…

      1. he is already been racing in imsa

  3. Trident will also run Gabriel Bortoleto, he’s now managed by Alonso.

  4. Beganovic and Aron are team mates at Prema in Formula Regional Europe and are third and first in the championship standings respectively

    Nope. Beganovic is leading while Aron is third. You got it the other way around.

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