Fresh start for European F3 Championship
19 November 2012 – For the first time since 1984, a dedicated European Formula 3 Championship will return to motorsport next year. The plans, spearheaded by the FIA and former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, will see the renewed category replace the F3 Euro Series and travel to ten circuits around the continent, including six current Grand Prix venues.
"We started the process of restoring the Formula 3 European Championship to its former status last season," said Berger. "After a positive exchange of views with all the players involved, we’re moving up another step by putting a stand-alone championship in place with a coherent and attractive calendar.
"We’ve done everything possible to cap costs; in particular by establishing stable sporting and technical regulations. We want to stress the performance to enable the best young talents to show their skills. With this aim in mind we’re in the process of putting together a worthwhile prize fund for the 2013 champion.
"Thanks to all these elements, partners, engine tuners and engine manufacturers Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, everything’s in place to make the Formula 3 European Championship the indispensable stepping stone for drivers who want to break into a professional career in top level motorsport."
The Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) will front the organisation of the series.