GP3 Series will become FIA Formula 3 in 2019

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GP3 and Formula 3 will merge under the latter name in 2019.

Just like GP2 became Formula 2 in 2017, GP3 will become Formula 3 in 2019. The European F3 championship will disappear, leaving regional F3 championships (Asian, American and more) as the step between Formula 4 championships and the global Formula 3 championship.

The FIA statement said: “The international championship will be hosted on the FIA 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 in collaboration with Formula 1.

“Having the top three tiers of FIA single-seater competition together at the same events will make it easier than ever for fans to follow the careers of aspiring young drivers and see the dramatic journey towards Formula One unfold.

“An exclusive grid of no more than 30 cars will be accepted, with the championship planned to run between nine and ten events, with two races per event.

“The new car will integrate the latest FIA safety technologies, making it the benchmark in safety standards for the F3 category. It will feature 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 will be the first car to feature a frontal anti-intrusion panel.

“Cost control is key element of the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, and in addition to the use of common components, there will be limited, regulated testing, as well as limitations on trackside personnel and the use of electronics and sensors.

“The FIA Formula 3 Championship will sit above the recently-introduced Formula 3 regional championships, certified by FIA, as a first step into a global racing series. Two of these regional competitions will begin in 2018 in Asia and the Americas, and it is anticipated that more F3 regional championships will be proposed by ASNs, which will again feature a single-make car with a single-make engine. The ASN will be free to choose from the homologated FIA suppliers, subject to compliance with the FIA regulations and cost guidelines.

“The chassis and safety regulations for both FIA F3 and F3 regional championships certified by FIA will be largely the same, ensuring that the young, talented drivers have the best environment to develop their skills before making the step up to international competition.”

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