The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has selected the Liberty-owned Formula One group of companies as the promoter for the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, which is set to begin in 2019.
In its current state, Formula 3 exists as a series of regional and national championships, but the new international series will be hosted on the Formula One World Championship platform and feature an all-new car, with a single supplier for chassis, engines and tyres to be selected by the FIA and Formula One. The race car will also integrate the latest FIA safety technologies, and will be the first to feature a frontal anti-intrusion panel.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will accept a maximum grid of 30 cars, with the series planned to run between nine and ten events, with two races per event.
The championship is intended to provide a platform for young drivers to work their way up the FIA’s single-seater pyramid, which will now span from Formula 3 to Formula 2 and Formula One. The move will also make it easier for fans to follow the journey of upcoming drivers as they make their way into Formula One.
Stefano Domenicali, president of the FIA single-seater commission, said: “The FIA has been refining the single-seater pyramid with great care over recent years, and the new FIA Formula 3 Championship achieves an important goal of putting the top three FIA single-seater competitions on the same platform.
“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 One 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 One as the promoter, I’m sure it will continue to flourish.”
“We are pleased to have been entrusted with the organisation of the FIA Formula 3 Championship as from 2019,” added Ross Brawn, managing director of motorsport at Formula One. “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 programme as those they might be racing against in Formula One in the future.”