FIA Formula 3 Season Preview | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

FIA Formula 3 Season Preview

06.05.21

Here's everything you need to know about the 2021 FIA Formula 3 season starting this weekend in Barcelona.

THE CAR

The FIA Formula 3 Championship is a one-make category consisting of 30 identical cars. The F3 2019 machine features a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder engine, which delivers 380 HP at 8000 rpm.

Formula 3 uses Pirelli PZero tyres in three specifications (hard, medium and soft). Each driver has five sets of dry-weather tyres and two sets of wet-weather tyres available at each event.

No individual developments or upgrades are permitted in the series, and all spare parts must be purchased directly from the F3 Championship. Repairs of structural components must be carried out by Dallara in order to ensure integrity.

WEEKEND FORMAT

There will be no changes on Friday, with one Free Practice session of 45 minutes and one Qualifying session of 30 minutes.

Two races will take place on Saturday (Race 1 and Race 2) whilst Race 3 will occur on Sunday morning ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. All three races will be forty minutes long.

STARTING GRIDS

With three races and only one Qualifying session over the weekend, it has been decided that the final classification of Friday’s Qualifying session will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Race 3.

The starting grid of Saturday’s Race 1 will be determined by reversing the top 12 finishers of Friday’s Qualifying session.

Finally, the starting grid of Race 2 will be determined by reversing the top 12 finishers of Saturday’s Race 1.

POINTS ATTRIBUTION

As it is currently the case, the driver who takes pole position following the final classification of Friday’s Qualifying session will be awarded four points.

Since the Race 1 and Race 2 starting grids are determined by reversing part of earlier classifications, it has been decided that there will be fewer points on offer in both events for the Top 10 finishers (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

The top ten classified drivers of Race 3 will then be awarded more points (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1).

In each race, two points will be awarded to the driver who achieves the fastest lap time, providing he was in the top 10 positions of the final race classification. No point will be awarded if the fastest lap time is achieved by a driver who was classified outside the top ten positions.