The 11-round calendar of the 2014 FIA F3 European Championship will take in eight countries.
Wed 04.12.13, 2:02PM
In addition to the races organised this season in Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Italy, it will also take teams to France, Belgium, Hungary and Russia in 2014.
The return of a bespoke FIA-sanctioned European championship in 2013 enabled Formula 3 to recover its role as a key part of the young-driver grooming process. The introduction of new-generation engines and the involvement of new engine suppliers will see the series take a further important step forward in 2014.
The 2014 calendar’s 11 rounds will provide the stars of tomorrow with an exciting opportunity to sample such Formula 1 landmarks as Silverstone (Great Britain), Hockenheim (Germany), the Hungaroring (Hungary), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), the Red Bull Ring (Austria) and the Nürburgring (Germany). They will also get an opportunity to race at the Moscow Raceway (Russia) and at the legendary Italian circuit, Imola. Last but not least, the programme will feature two established Formula 3 gatherings, namely the highly selective Grand Prix de Pau in France and the spectacular meeting at Germany’s Norisring.
“The calendar we have succeeded in putting together for 2014 will enable drivers to continue their apprenticeship of topflight racing at several leading Formula 1 circuits, as well as at two venues that have played an important part in the history of Formula 3,” notes Gerhard Berger, President of the FIA’s Single-Seater Commission.
“The FIA Formula 3 European Championship will form an integral part of the package at a number of top meetings, including seven rounds of the DTM and two rounds of FIA world championships: the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The FIA Formula 3 European Championship will also top the bill at the highly popular Grand Prix de Pau, which stars the notoriously challenging street circuit in southwest France. Other new venues visited by the series compared with 2013 are Spa-Francorchamps, the Hungaroring, Imola and the Moscow Raceway.”
“Our determination to reposition Formula 3 as a core feeder series to Formula 1 is poised to gather strength in 2014. The combined efforts of the FIA and the championship’s promoter ITR have attracted new engine suppliers and teams, and Formula 3 is gradually recovering the role it should never have lost in motorsport. Without losing sight of the need to contain costs, the arrival of new-generation engines and the introduction of new technical regulations will provide the necessary foundations for Formula 3 to grow sustainably and become an inescapable stepping stone for drivers who wish to go on to compete in Formula 1 and other professional championships.”
Meetings will run to the same format as 2013, with two free practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and three races per weekend, which makes 33 races during the season and about 10 000 kilometres. The 2014 season will also see the return of a specific ‘rookies’ classification in order to highlight the performances of the championship’s most competitive newcomers.