GP2, GP3 schedules confirmed for 2016, featuring new races

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The calendars for the upcoming GP2 and GP3 Series seasons have been released, featuring new events for both junior championships.

GP2 and GP3 feature on Formula 1’s undercard and are generally regarded as being the second and third highest ‘rungs’ on the motorsport ladder in Europe.

The grids for both series are most set, with GP2 poised to be particularly competitive as Sergey Sirotkin, Alex Lynn, Pierre Gasly, Raffaele Marciello and Oliver Rowland are tipped to battle for the championship.

GP2 will start later than usual in 2016 following the change in date for the Bahrain Grand Prix, making a weekend at Sakhir impossible given the timing of the final winter test at Jerez.

The first race of the year is in Spain on May 14, with round two once again taking place at Monaco. GP3 will also kick off in Spain, but will not return until the beginning of July at the Austrian Grand Prix.

In support of the inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan, GP2 will also venture to Baku for round three of the year, and will return to Sepang, Malaysia for the first time since 2013 later in the year.

GP3 will make its first appearance in Malaysia as well, with both series wrapping up in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

2016 GP2 Series Calendar

1. Spain 13-15 May
2. Monaco 26-28 May
3. Azerbaijan 17-19 June
4. Austria 1-3 July
5. Great Britain 8-10 July
6. Hungary 22-24 July
7. Germany 29-31 July
8. Belgium 26-28 August
9. Italy 2-4 September
10. Malaysia 31 September – 2 October
​11. Abu Dhabi 25-27 November

2016 GP3 Series Calendar

1. Spain 13-15 May
2. Austria 1-3 July
3. Great Britain 8-10 July
4. Hungary 22-24 July
5. Germany 29-31 July
6. Belgium 26-29 August
7. Italy 2-4 September
8. Malaysia 30 September – 2 October
​9. Abu Dhabi 27-29 November