Days after the end of the current F1 season, GP3 teams will take the main stage at Yas Marina for a collective test. Pitstops has been EXCLUSIVELY informed that that Romanian Petru Florescu has signed with Campos for a two-day test schedule.
After being rivals in Euroformula, Florescu will now partner Campos at the dawn of the season as the Spanish team gives the Romanian a chance to have his maiden go with a GP3 car during the test that takes place a week after the crucial final round of the season. Petru will run on Wednesday (November 30th) and Thursday (December 1st), his manager’s declared goal being the assessment of how fit the 17 year old is to drive the said car. Learning the track in a competitive environment is also a target for Florescu as many of the peers of his generation will also be present.
We remind you that Florescu’s main focus these past two seasons has been the British Formula 4 Championship, where he fought for the title this season with a record amount of five race wins. At the same time, the Romanian also took part in the Euroformula Open, but with the Spaniards from Teo Martin Motorsport not the Carlin outfit he’s run for in F4. The series was dominated by Campos drivers, the team also having gathered a lot success at F3 level competition in the past and, alongside Mahindra, in Formula E. They were nowhere near as fortunate in GP3, where they only scored one podium finish thanks to Alex Palou.
The GP3 Series is ready to follow on the footsteps of upper-level formulae, the Abu Dhabi test also being part of the evaluation schedule of the DRS system (a mass total of 8 test days in 2016), which is set to debut in this formula as well beginning with next year on this year’s car. Petru will be Romania’s second driver to grip the wheel of a GP3 car following Robert Vișoiu’s debut at the young age of 16, the latter running between 2012 and 2014 in the series, first with Jenzer and then with MW Arden. Vișoiu then moved up to GP2, the launching ramp to Formula 1.
For 2017, Florescu is already committed to a European-level program with a top team and, more importantly, a top engineer. All of the details will be disclosed by the team in January of next year. Therefore, Romania’s best bet in international single seater competition has his future sealed.