The Formula 1 Group has been confirmed bv the FIA as the promoter of the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, which will be introduced in 2019.
The new championship is expected to replace GP3 as third tier on the main ladder to Formula 1, and will join Formula 2 as part of Formula 1’s support package with a calendar that is expected to run across nine or 10 weekends, with two races per event.
At the centerpiece of the series will be a brand-new car integrating the latest FIA safety technologies, including increased chassis strength, increased cockpit rim height and strength that will be the same standard as in F1, the Halo frontal impact protection device, and, for the first time, a frontal anti-intrusion panel.
The field will be capped at a maximum of 30 cars, with measures including common components, testing limitations, and restrictions on trackside personnel and the use of electronics and sensors all aimed at lowering costs.
“We are pleased to have been entrusted with the organization of the FIA Formula 3 Championship as from 2019,” said Ross Brawn, Managing Director – Motorsport at Formula 1.
“While race fans can enjoy the spectacle of drivers battling it out at the pinnacle of motor sport, which is the FIA Formula One World Championship, one of our objectives is to also provide them with the opportunity of discovering new talent and watching them progress along a clearly defined and high-level pathway.
“Already, since 2017, this has led to the creation of the FIA Formula 2 Championship and, as from 2019, the Grand Prix weekends will also feature another step on the FIA’s racing ladder, in which the best young drivers from national and regional categories will be able to race on the greatest and most prestigious race tracks of the world, on the same program as those they might be racing against in F1 in the future.”
FIA Single-seater Commission President Stefano Domenicalli said that the development is a major step in the refinement of the FIA’s single-seater tier.
“The new FIA Formula 3 Championship achieves an important goal of putting the top three FIA single-seater competitions on the same platform,” he said.
“This has great advantages for fans and competitors alike, as graduates of FIA-certified national and regional competitions have a clear first step into international racing, while spectators and viewers watching Formula 1 will be able to see a broader spectrum of future stars on their way to the pinnacle of our sport. Formula 3 has a long and rich heritage as a key category where the skills to reach the top are developed, and now with Formula 1 as the promoter, I’m sure it will continue to flourish.”