FIA outlines 2019 F3 International proposal
21 September 2017 – The FIA has outlined its ambition for the proposed FIA F3 International Championship, which is set to replace the current European Formula 3 Championship and GP3 Series in 2019.
The FIA has been striving to consolidate the single-seater ladder from Formula 4 to Formula 1, with the latest step being GP2's rebranding as Formula 2 for 2017, facilitated by Liberty Media's arrival on the scene.
Formula 3 is now the FIA's focus, with negotiations underway to create an 'International' Championship for 2019, ostensibly to join Formula 2 on the Formula 1 support bill.
The World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on Thursday and has called for an expression of interest for a chassis producer, engine manufacturer and promoter.
A candidate promoter may also submit a proposal for the chassis and engine.
The FIA has outlined its desire for the F3 International Championship to feature:
- A grid of 24 cars (eight teams with three cars)
- Nine to ten events, with two races per event
- Single-make engine, chassis and tyres
- Completely new chassis incorporating improved high level safety features
- Engine power output of 350 BHP
- Limited and regulated testing
The WMSC has also agreed to the launch of an intermediate single-seater category between Formula 4 and Formula 3 International.
This will be sanctioned by the FIA and run by ASNs [National Sporting Authority] as International Series in a similar model to FIA Formula 4.
The general championship concept is that:
- Multiple chassis and engines [will be] homologated by the FIA
- Each championship would generally feature a single supply of engines, chassis and tyres – however, ASNs or promoters are free to propose an alternative format
- Approximately 220-240 BHP – production-based engine, potentially turbocharged
Negotiations are ongoing between European Formula 3 and GP3 promoters regarding a merger for 2019, with the anticipation that the series will combine, and be succeeded by F3 International.