Ben Barnicoat to do first F3 test next week with Prema Powerteam

Formula Renault Eurocup title contender Ben Barnicoat is to get his first Formula 3 test next week with top squad Prema Powerteam

Ben Barnicoat to do first F3 test next week with Prema Powerteam

The 18-year-old Briton, who won last year's Formula Renault NEC title in his first season of car racing, is one of two F3 newcomers Italian team Prema is trying out at Vallelunga on Monday and Tuesday.

Barnicoat is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, whose existing F3 driver Jake Dennis lies fourth in the European Championship points with the Mercedes-powered Prema team.

Team manager Rene Rosin said: "With Racing Steps everything started two years ago when we first tested Jake [before he joined Carlin for 2014], then he was with us for this year and everything worked very well, and he is fighting for the top three in the championship.

"From this, everything is very good with RSF, and we are trying to get Ben for the future - that is quite automatic for us.

"Normally, if you are an RSF driver you're quite good, so we're really looking forward to it."

Barnicoat said: "To do the test so early on is a great opportunity to try and get the drive for next year.

"I can be a bit more relaxed because I know that everything's going to be done right - I'm really excited and grateful for the opportunity."

Barnicoat will be joined at the test by 17-year-old Estonian Ralf Aron, who has won this year's Italian F4 Championship with Prema to follow in the footsteps of 2014 title winner Lance Stroll.

"F3 is a logical step after winning F4 - we wanted to see how everything goes and from there we will start talking," said Rosin.

Rosin believes Aron is capable of making as strong an impression as Stroll, who has scored five Euro F3 podium finishes with Prema in recent rounds.

"I think he is," he said, "and he is more experienced than Lance because he did a season in Formula Renault 1.6 [in 2014] - for sure he's ready to go to F3."

AUTOSPORT understands that Stroll will continue in F3 in 2016, with Prema looking to run one more experienced driver and two rookies.

shares
comments
Russian constructor Artline pledges to cut Dallara's F3 advantage

Previous article

Russian constructor Artline pledges to cut Dallara's F3 advantage

Next article

FIA monitoring European Formula 3 Championship test loophole

FIA monitoring European Formula 3 Championship test loophole
Load comments
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020