Little more than one week has passed since the 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup season came to a close – but for John Bryant-Meisner, life in the fast lane is becoming increasingly intense. The up-coming weekend will see the Swede make his debut in the highly-acclaimed FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Italian venue of Vallelunga, as he sets out on what is arguably the greatest challenge so far of his young career.
Two days of official testing at Hockenheim last month, however, did give Bryant-Meisner an early opportunity to acquaint himself with his new team Fortec Motorsports, and – with six hours of extra testing scheduled in for the championship’s first-ever visit to Vallelunga – the 19-year-old is quietly optimistic heading into his top-level F3 baptism of fire.
“I’ve been waiting for this weekend since we first decided to race in the final two rounds of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship,” says John Bryant-Meisner. “The level of competition and of the championship itself is extremely high – definitely higher than anything else I’ve ever done – and it’s difficult to know what to expect. I’ve never driven at Vallelunga, but with six hours of testing on Friday – which everyone will get since very few teams and drivers have been there before – we should be in fairly good shape once things get serious on Saturday.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is considered one of the most fiercely competitive junior single-seater series of the current day. The weekend event structure differs somewhat from that in use in the ATS Formula 3 Cup, although both championships are made up of rounds featuring three races each.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid contains approximately 30 drivers from across five continents.
John Bryant-Meisner, 19 years old from Stockholm, Sweden, began his career in karting at the age of nine. In 2010, he stepped up into single-seaters in the Swedish and North European Zone Formula Renault championships, before advancing onto the European stage a year later as he dovetailed a Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Northern European Cup (NEC) campaign.
2012 saw Bryant-Meisner make his debut in Formula 3 – one of the most important categories on the road to Formula 1 – as he signed a deal to race with Swedish outfit Performance Racing in the German-based ATS Formula 3 Cup, only to be forced out of action due to a heavy crash while testing at the Rockingham circuit in the UK.
Following an intense period of recuperation, John sensationally returned to the track in time for the post-season winter tests in Spain just seven months later, immediately topping the timesheets.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship