2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship
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|Drivers' champion Mick Schumacher|
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Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
The 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship was the seventh and final season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, a multi-event motor racing championship for third-tier single-seat open wheel formula racing cars that is held across Europe. The championship features drivers competing in two-litre Formula 3 racing cars which conform to the technical regulations, or formula, for the championship. Teams and drivers competed in ten rounds, running in support of a variety of European motorsport championships including the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
As the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and GP3 Series are planned to merge and form the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019, 2018 was the final year that the championship was run since its formation in 2012.
Mick Schumacher won the championship on his second season. He took the championship lead after win in the first Spielberg race and held it until the second Hockenheim race, where he clinched the title. Dan Ticktum was the championship leader after first Hungaroring race and from finish of the first Silverstone race till the finish of the first Spielberg race but he scored only 42 out of 150 possible points in the final two rounds, losing the title battle by 59 points. Robert Shwartzman won the rookies' championship and completed the top-three in the driver's standings ahead of another Ferrari Driver Academy members Marcus Armstrong and Guanyu Zhou. Armstrong was placed behind Jüri Vips in both Drivers' and Rookies' standings. While fellow Estonian driver Ralf Aron was behind Armstrong in the driver standings. Prema Theodore Racing successfully defended the teams' championship title, winning over Motopark with one round to spare, and maintaining their record of being the only team to have won the teams' championship since the FIA Formula 3 European Championship was launched in 2012.
Champion Mick Schumacher take 8 wins - in Belgium, Italy, Great Britain. He has a hat-trick in Nürburgring - and he wins two races in Red Bull Ring. He losing only in third race to his teammate, Robert Shvartzman. Runner-up Daniel Ticktum, Jüri Vips and Ralf Aron - all take 4 race wins. Guanyu Zhou, Enaam Ahmed and Robert Shvartzman take 2 race wins. Marcus Armstrong, Sacha Fenestraz took 1 race win as did Jehan Daruvala - in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, and Nikita Troitskiy - Russian driver won the third race at Zandvoort.
The following teams and drivers are currently competing in the 2018 championship:
- ma-con and Fortec Motorsports, which have previously competed until the 2013 and 2015 seasons made their comeback to the championship after a four-year and two-year hiatus respectively.
- Italian F4 champion Marcus Armstrong made his Formula 3 debut with Prema Powerteam. He is partnered by Robert Shwartzman, who finished third in the 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Callum Ilott, who raced for the team in 2017, moved to the GP3 Series. After a season with Hitech GP, Ralf Aron returned to Prema. Maximilian Günther, who finished third in 2017, stepped up to FIA Formula 2 Championship, leaving his Prema seat vacant.
- Fabio Scherer and Jonathan Aberdein, who finished fifth and ninth respectively in the 2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship, moved up to the series with Motopark. They are joined by 2017 Italian F4 Championship driver Sebastián Fernández, 2017 Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum and 2017 ADAC Formula 4 champion Jüri Vips. David Beckmann, who raced with the team switched to GP3 Series. Joel Eriksson received 2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters drive with BMW, leaving his Motopark seat vacant.
- After competing in the selected rounds of the 2017 championship, Devlin DeFrancesco and Ameya Vaidyanathan made their full-time switch to European F3 with Carlin from Euroformula Open. 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Sacha Fenestraz, who have competed Nürburgring round for Carlin in 2017 also made the full-time switch. They are joined by 2017 Euroformula Open Championship runner-up Nikita Troitskiy. Reigning champion Lando Norris graduated to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, leaving his Carlin seat vacant.
- Keyvan Andres switched from Motopark to Van Amersfoort Racing. He is joined by Italian F4 Championship graduate Artem Petrov. Harrison Newey left the team and the championship, moving to sports car racing with Rebellion Racing in the 2018 European Le Mans Series. Joey Mawson and Pedro Piquet left the team and the championship to join Arden International and Trident respectively in the GP3 Series.
- Julian Hanses, who finished eleventh in the 2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship is scheduled to graduate with series returnees ma-con, after missing three rounds he returned with Carlin at Spielberg.
- BRDC British Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed and his rival Ben Hingeley moved to European Formula 3, joining Hitech GP. They are joined by Álex Palou, who finished third in the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Championship. Nikita Mazepin left Hitech after two consecutive seasons to join ART Grand Prix in the GP3 Series. Tadasuke Makino also left the team to join the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
- Midseason changes
- Petru Florescu, who raced with Motopark in 2017, returned to the championship with Fortec Motorsports.
- Sophia Flörsch stepped up from ADAC Formula 4, joining Van Amersfoort Racing from round 4 onwards.
- China Formula 4 champion Charles Leong made his FIA F3 European Championship debut at Silverstone with Hitech Bullfrog GP.
The following ten rounds are being contested as part of the 2018 championship:
|Round||Circuit||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Supporting|
|1||Circuit de Pau-Ville, Pau||12 May||13 May||13 May||stand-alone event|
|2||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||2 June||3 June||3 June||Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
|3||Norisring, Nuremberg||23 June||24 June||24 June|
|4||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort||14 July||14 July||15 July|
|5||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps||27 July||27 July||28 July||Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup|
|6||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||18 August||18 August||19 August||FIA World Endurance Championship|
|7||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico||25 August||26 August||26 August||Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
|8||Nürburgring, Rhineland-Palatinate||8 September||9 September||9 September|
|9||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||22 September||23 September||23 September|
|10||Hockenheimring, Baden-Württemberg||13 October||13 October||14 October|
The round at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza was replaced by a new round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the series continues to support the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. The Pau Grand Prix replaced Monza as the opening round of the championship, with the Silverstone round held later in the season.
Results and standings
|R.||RN||Circuit||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning team||Rookie winner|
|1||1||Circuit de Pau-Ville||Dan Ticktum||Ralf Aron||Guanyu Zhou||Prema Theodore Racing||Sacha Fenestraz|
|2||Sacha Fenestraz||Sacha Fenestraz||Sacha Fenestraz||Carlin||Sacha Fenestraz|
|3||Enaam Ahmed||Ralf Aron||Ralf Aron||Prema Theodore Racing||Enaam Ahmed|
|2||4||Hungaroring||Dan Ticktum||Ferdinand Habsburg||Dan Ticktum||Motopark||Robert Shwartzman|
|5||Dan Ticktum||Nikita Troitskiy||Enaam Ahmed||Hitech Bullfrog GP||Enaam Ahmed|
|6||Enaam Ahmed||Álex Palou||Enaam Ahmed||Hitech Bullfrog GP||Enaam Ahmed|
|3||7||Norisring||Marcus Armstrong||Ferdinand Habsburg||Marcus Armstrong||Prema Theodore Racing||Marcus Armstrong|
|8||Robert Shwartzman||Jüri Vips||Jüri Vips||Motopark||Jüri Vips|
|9||Marcus Armstrong||Fabio Scherer||Dan Ticktum||Motopark||Jüri Vips|
|4||10||Circuit Zandvoort||Guanyu Zhou||Marcus Armstrong||Ralf Aron||Prema Theodore Racing||Marcus Armstrong|
|11||Dan Ticktum||Marcus Armstrong||Ralf Aron||Prema Theodore Racing||Marcus Armstrong|
|12||Dan Ticktum||Nikita Troitskiy||Nikita Troitskiy||Carlin||Nikita Troitskiy|
|5||13||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Jehan Daruvala||Jehan Daruvala||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||Robert Shwartzman|
|14||Mick Schumacher||Jonathan Aberdein||Dan Ticktum||Motopark||Fabio Scherer|
|15||Guanyu Zhou||Fabio Scherer||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|6||16||Silverstone Circuit||Sacha Fenestraz||Dan Ticktum||Dan Ticktum||Motopark||Sacha Fenestraz|
|17||Fabio Scherer||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Jüri Vips|
|18||Jüri Vips||Jüri Vips||Jüri Vips||Motopark||Jüri Vips|
|7||19||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli||Mick Schumacher||Jüri Vips||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Marcus Armstrong|
|20||Jüri Vips||Enaam Ahmed||Jüri Vips||Motopark||Jüri Vips|
|21||Marcus Armstrong||Jüri Vips||Ralf Aron||Prema Theodore Racing||Jüri Vips|
|8||22||Nürburgring||Robert Shwartzman||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|23||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|24||Mick Schumacher||Álex Palou||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|9||25||Red Bull Ring||Mick Schumacher||Marcus Armstrong||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|26||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Mick Schumacher||Prema Theodore Racing||Marcus Armstrong|
|27||Mick Schumacher||Robert Shwartzman||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|10||28||Hockenheimring||Guanyu Zhou||Guanyu Zhou||Guanyu Zhou||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
|29||Jüri Vips||Jüri Vips||Jüri Vips||Motopark||Jüri Vips|
|30||Robert Shwartzman||Jüri Vips||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Theodore Racing||Robert Shwartzman|
Points are awarded to the top ten drivers. Guest drivers are not eligible to score points.
In order for the full points score to be awarded, the race must run for at least twenty-five minutes. In the event that less that twenty-five minutes elapse, half points are awarded.
Bold – Pole
- † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
|Guest drivers ineligible to score points|
- † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Points for the team classification solely are awarded to two best finishing cars of each team, omitting the other cars from the classification of the race.
|1||Prema Theodore Racing||1003.5|
|3||Hitech Bullfrog GP||518|
|5||Van Amersfoort Racing||141.5|
- All drivers competed in Dallara chassis; model listed.
- Armstrong is a New Zealand driver who raced under an Italian racing license.
- Used F314/006 chassis at rounds 1–6
- Fernández is a Venezuelan driver who raced under a Spanish racing license.
- Sato is a Japanese driver who raced under a Sammarinese racing license.
- Used F317/012 chassis at round 2
- Used F315/001 chassis at roundы 1-9
- Used F316/014 chassis at rounds 1–3
- Vaidyanathan raced under a British racing license at rounds 1–3.
- Andres is a German driver who raced under an Iranian racing license.
- Used F312/045 chassis at round 3
- Used F315/009 chassis at rounds 1–3
- Used F315/011 chassis at rounds 1-9
- Used F316/019 chassis at rounds 1–4, F316/022 chassis at rounds 5-9
- The third race at Pau was red-flagged after eleven laps were completed. As less than 25 minutes of the race had passed at the time of suspension, the race paid half points to all classified finishers.
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The result gives Prema the teams’ title with three races to spare.
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