Formula 3

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Series Info
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2019 marked the launch of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, an entry point for young and ambitious drivers to join the Formula 1 circus, and to give them the chance to take the path to join their heroes in the main paddock.

With some of the world's best racing teams on board, and the hottest young motor racing talents from across the globe filling their race seats, Formula 3 promises to be one of the most exciting championships in motorsport.

The Championship was designed to be the perfect driver training ground for both Formula 2 and, ultimately, Formula 1. The F3 2019 car features a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder engine, which delivers 380 HP at 8000 rpm. Using the same chassis, engine and Pirelli tyres, our young drivers must showcase their skills both in speed and in managing tyres, just like they will have to do when they move up the motorsport ladder. With two races per weekend and reverse grids, these skills will prove crucial in the battle to become F3's champion.

Every event on the calendar will be part of the Formula 1 support package, providing the drivers with first-hand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment and gaining the much-coveted F1 exposure.

Our partnerships with some of the best brains in the motor sport business - such as Dallara and Pirelli - ensures our Championship is constantly evolving and, along with all of our other dedicated partners, creates a feeder category that remains ahead of the game and is technologically advanced while crucially remaining affordable.

The Championship benefits from the FIA's excellence to scrutineer the cars and oversee the running of all Formula 3 events, while the Formula One Group's unparalleled expertise in the broadcasting and marketing of the Championship ensures that it has truly global reach and appeal
As the FIA Formula 3 Championship begins, we are looking forward to watching the class of drivers battle it out on track - and we hope you are too!

Rules

Each event weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship is a one-make category consisting of 30 identical cars. The F3 2019 machine features a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder engine, which delivers 380 HP at 8000 rpm.

Formula 3 uses Pirelli PZero tyres in three specifications (hard, medium and soft). Each driver has four sets of dry-weather tyres and two sets of wet-weather tyres available at each event.


No individual developments or upgrades are permitted in the series, and all spare parts must be purchased directly from the F3 Championship. Repairs of structural components must be carried out by Dallara in order to ensure integrity.

Weekend Format
A race weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races, with both races to be no longer than 40 minutes in total.

The qualifying session is a straight fight for fastest laptime, and determines the order of the grid for Race 1. Four points are awarded for pole position.
The distance of both races is established prior to each event. However, should 40 minutes elapse in the races before the designated number of laps the lead driver will be shown the chequered flag. There are no mandatory pitstops and refuelling is not permitted at any time in the pit lane or on the grid.

Points
Four points are awarded for pole position.

The top ten drivers score points in Race 1 (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) with two points being awarded to the driver who set the fastest lap of the race.

In Race 2 the top eight finishers score points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) and the driver who sets the fastest lap scores two points.
The point for fastest lap in both Race 1 and Race 2 will only be awarded to a driver who finishes in the top 10, and who has started the race from the grid.
Race two grid explained

The first eight finishers in race one will start race two in reverse order, cars finishing in 9th position and downwards will start in their finishing position.

By way of illustration:
Race one / Race two

Driver's Finishing Position / Driver's Starting Position
1st / 8th
2nd / 7th
3rd / 6th
4th / 5th
5th / 4th
6th / 3rd
7th / 2nd
8th / 1st
9th / 9th and so on

Drivers
All drivers participating in the Championship must hold a Grade A or B International FIA Licence.

DRS
The drivers are able to use the Drag Reduction System (DRS) as they wish within the designated DRS zones during free practice and qualifying. During both races however, the drivers will only be allowed to activate DRS within the designated zones when they are within less than a second of the car in front at the detection point.

During the race, the DRS is available for use after two laps unless decided otherwise by the race director due to poor weather conditions or yellow flags in the designated DRS zones.

The DRS zones will be the same as the ones used in Formula One on every circuit of the calendar.
The same safety rules apply: the DRS is disabled at the end of the designated zones, and if the driver uses the brakes or releases the throttle after activation.