FIA Formula 3 International Trophy

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FIA Formula 3 International Trophy
Category Single seaters
Country International
Inaugural season 2011
Folded 2011
Last Drivers' champion Spain Roberto Merhi

The FIA Formula 3 International Trophy was a FIA-sanctioned international formula series that ran in 2011 for Formula Three cars.[1] The Trophy was the first international Formula Three series since the demise of the European Formula Three Championship in 1984, and was created to increase the appeal of the category, which had seen the various F3 championships suffer from falling grid sizes.[2]

The trophy comprised three existing events for Formula Three cars, the Pau Grand Prix, Masters of Formula 3 and Macau Grand Prix, and one event from both the British F3 and Formula 3 Euro Series. Drivers registered in any of the national F3 series were eligible to enter the contest, and they competed alongside the drivers entered into the individual events.[2]

After one season, which was won by Spanish driver Roberto Merhi, the Trophy was replaced by the FIA European Formula Three Championship for 2012.[3]

Season summary[edit]

The series began at Hockenheim on 30 April, and finished on 20 November at the Guia Circuit after five meetings. Roberto Merhi was crowned champion after Masters of F3 meeting at Zandvoort. German driver Marco Wittmann finished as runner-up despite driving as guest driver in the first meeting of the season, in Hockenheim. If he had participated as championship driver in these meeting, he would have been crowned champion, because he scored 36 points in these meeting(which did not count for the championship) and he finished 32-point away from Roberto Merhi. Spaniard Daniel Juncadella finished in third place after winning Macau Grand Prix.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Four teams registered for the championships; Prema Powerteam, Signature and Motopark Academy from the Formula 3 Euro Series and Carlin from British Formula Three. Guest entries were allowed; all raced in one or two European rounds and/or Macau.

Team Driver Chassis Engine Rounds
Registered entries
United Kingdom Carlin Colombia Carlos Huertas[4] Dallara F308 Volkswagen All
Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar[5] Dallara F308 Volkswagen All
Germany Motopark Academy Japan Kimiya Sato[6] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1–2, 4–5
Italy Prema Powerteam Spain Daniel Juncadella[6] Dallara F309 Mercedes HWA All
Spain Roberto Merhi[6] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA All
France Signature Germany Daniel Abt[6] Dallara F308 Volkswagen All
Colombia Carlos Muñoz[6] Dallara F308 Volkswagen All
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor[6] Dallara F309 Volkswagen All
Germany Marco Wittmann[7] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 2–5
Guest entries, ineligible for Trophy points
United Kingdom Carlin United Kingdom Richard Bradley[7] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 2
France Tom Dillmann[4] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1
United Kingdom Jack Harvey Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3
Denmark Kevin Magnussen[8] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3–5
Brazil Felipe Nasr[8] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3, 5
United Kingdom Rupert Svendsen-Cook Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3–4
United Kingdom Double R Racing Estonia Marko Asmer[7] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 2–3, 5
Finland Valtteri Bottas[8] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 5
Brazil Luís Felipe Derani[7] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 2–3
New Zealand Mitch Evans[7] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 5
Australia Scott Pye Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 3
United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom William Buller[8] Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA 3, 5
Brazil Lucas Foresti[8] Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA 3, 5
Malaysia Fahmi Ilyas Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA 3
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA 3
United Kingdom Hitech Racing Brazil Pietro Fantin[8] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3, 5
Portugal António Félix da Costa[8] Dallara F310 Volkswagen 5
Japan Kotaro Sakurai Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 3
Netherlands Hannes van Asseldonk[8] Dallara F310 Volkswagen 5
Switzerland Jo Zeller Racing Switzerland Sandro Zeller[9] Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA 1
Germany Motopark Academy France Tom Dillmann[7] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 2
Sweden Jimmy Eriksson[9] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1, 4–5
Canada Gianmarco Raimondo[9] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1
Germany Mücke Motorsport Brazil Lucas Foresti Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 4
Netherlands Nigel Melker[9] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 1, 4
Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[9] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 1, 4–5
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi[10] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 5
Italy Prema Powerteam Italy Raffaele Marciello[11] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 3
Brazil Luís Felipe Derani Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 4
France Signature Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.[12] Dallara F309 Volkswagen 5
Germany Marco Wittmann[9] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1
United Kingdom Sino Vision Racing China Adderly Fong[8] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 3, 5
United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd[8] Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 3, 5
Germany STAR Racing Team Poland Kuba Giermaziak[9] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 1
Japan ThreeBond Racing[12] Japan Hironobu Yasuda[12] Dallara F309 Nissan 5
Japan Toda Racing[12] Japan Hideki Yamauchi[12] Dallara F308 Honda 5
Japan TOM'S[12] United Kingdom Richard Bradley[12] Dallara F308 Toyota 5
United Kingdom Alexander Sims[12] Dallara F308 Toyota 5
United Kingdom T-Sport Brazil Yann Cunha Dallara F311 Volkswagen 3
Netherlands Bart Hylkema Dallara F311 Volkswagen 3
Bahrain Menasheh Idafar Dallara F311 Volkswagen 3
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing New Zealand Richie Stanaway[12] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 5
Netherlands Hannes van Asseldonk[13] Dallara F308 Volkswagen 3

Race calendar[edit]

The provisional six-round calendar included the Korea Super Prix, but this was cancelled three weeks before the event.[1][14]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Event
1 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 30 April Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Italy Prema Powerteam F3 Euro Series
R2 1 May Germany Marco Wittmann Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Italy Prema Powerteam
2 France Pau Circuit 22 May Germany Marco Wittmann Germany Marco Wittmann Germany Marco Wittmann France Signature Pau Grand Prix
3 R1 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 29 July Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Italy Prema Powerteam Spa 24 Hours/British F3
R2 30 July Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Spain Roberto Merhi Italy Prema Powerteam
4 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 14 August Spain Roberto Merhi Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Germany Mücke Motorsport Masters of Formula 3
5 R1 Macau Guia Circuit 19 November Germany Marco Wittmann Spain Roberto Merhi Germany Marco Wittmann France Signature Macau Grand Prix
R2 20 November Germany Marco Wittmann Germany Marco Wittmann Spain Daniel Juncadella Italy Prema Powerteam

Results[edit]

The F3 International Trophy took on the same scoring system used in Formula One and other FIA Championships, with points awarded for the top ten finishers.[15]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pos Driver HOC
Germany
PAU
France
SPA
Belgium
ZAN
Netherlands
MAC
Macau
Points
1 Spain Roberto Merhi 1 1 2 1 1 DSQ 3 Ret 133
2 Germany Marco Wittmann 2 2 1 11 2 2 1 3 101
3 Spain Daniel Juncadella 6 4 3 8 Ret Ret 6 1 72
4 Germany Daniel Abt 4 6 4 14 13 6 8 Ret 44
5 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor 3 15 Ret 17 4 7 7 Ret 39
6 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 8 9 5 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 26
7 Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar 10 11 11 3 12 10 17 8 21
8 Colombia Carlos Huertas 11 12 9 10 9 11 5 13 15
9 Japan Kimiya Sato Ret 10 8 12 9 12 7
Guest drivers ineligible for points
Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 5 3 1 21 Ret 0
Brazil Felipe Nasr 9 7 2 2 0
United Kingdom William Buller 2 3 13 6 0
Denmark Kevin Magnussen 7 8 3 19 14 0
Netherlands Nigel Melker 7 5 4 0
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 12 4 0
Finland Valtteri Bottas 4 Ret 0
United Kingdom Rupert Svendsen-Cook 6 14 5 0
Netherlands Hannes van Asseldonk 12 Ret 10 5 0
United Kingdom Jack Harvey 5 10 0
Italy Raffaele Marciello Ret 5 0
Estonia Marko Asmer 7 Ret 6 18 19 0
Brazil Luís Felipe Derani 6 18 Ret Ret 0
Brazil Lucas Foresti 13 11 8 14 7 0
Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 9 7 9 Ret DNS 0
France Tom Dillmann 12 8 Ret 0
United Kingdom Richard Bradley 10 Ret 9 0
China Adderly Fong 21 22 Ret 10 0
Japan Hideki Yamauchi 11 15 0
Brazil Pietro Fantin 19 DSQ Ret 11 0
Switzerland Sandro Zeller 13 13 0
Poland Kuba Giermaziak 14 Ret 0
Canada Gianmarco Raimondo Ret 14 0
United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd 15 Ret 16 16 0
Australia Scott Pye 16 15 0
New Zealand Richie Stanaway 15 Ret 0
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell 22 16 0
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 20 17 0
Netherlands Bart Hylkema Ret 17 0
Malaysia Fahmi Ilyas 20 18 0
United Kingdom Alexander Sims DNS 18 0
Bahrain Menasheh Idafar Ret 19 0
Brazil Yann Cunha 23 20 0
Japan Kotaro Sakurai 24 21 0
New Zealand Mitch Evans 22 Ret 0
Portugal António Félix da Costa Ret Ret 0
Japan Hironobu Yasuda Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver HOC
Germany
PAU
France
SPA
Belgium
ZAN
Netherlands
MAC
Macau
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

References[edit]

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