2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship

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2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship
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The 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship is the inaugural season of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, a multi-event motor racing championship for single-seat open-wheel formula racing cars. The championship features drivers competing in two-litre Formula 3 racing cars which conform to the technical regulations, or formula, of the championship. It is due to run in support of the Formula 1 World Championship and its sister series, Formula 2. It serves as the third tier of formula racing in the FIA Global Pathway. The championship was formed by the merger of the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2018, which brought the two championships under the umbrella of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers are due to compete during the 2019 season. All teams will compete with an identical chassis, built by Dallara. Each car will be powered by a 3.4 L (207 cu in) naturally-aspirated V6 engine developed by Mecachrome that was previously used in the Dallara GP3/16.[2] Teams will be required to enter three cars.[3]

Entrant No. Driver name
France ART Grand Prix 1 Germany David Beckmann[4]
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Spain Campos Racing 4 Venezuela Sebastián Fernández[5]
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United Kingdom Carlin Buzz Racing 7 Japan Teppei Natori[6]
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Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 10 Germany Lirim Zendeli[7]
11 Switzerland Fabio Scherer[7]
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United Kingdom Hitech Grand Prix 14 Estonia Jüri Vips[8]
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Germany HWA Racelab 17 Flag of None.svg TBA
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Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 20 Japan Yuki Tsunoda[9]
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Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 Flag of None.svg TBA
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Italy Prema Racing 26 New Zealand Marcus Armstrong[10]
27 India Jehan Daruvala[11]
28 Russia Robert Shwartzman[12]
Italy Trident 29 Flag of None.svg TBA
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Source:[3][13]

Team entries[edit]

The merging of the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship saw the FIA open up a tender process to prospective entrants. ART Grand Prix, Campos Racing, Jenzer Motorsport, MP Motorsport and Trident were selected from the GP3 Series entrants,[13] while Carlin, Hitech Grand Prix and Prema Racing were chosen from the Formula 3 European Championship.[13] Both Carlin and Prema Racing held entries in the championship's sister series Formula 2, as did Charouz Racing System.[13] The final entry was awarded to HWA Racelab, who joined the series after Mercedes-Benz withdrew from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car championship.[13] Formula 2 and GP3 regulars Arden International decided against entering Formula 3,[14] while Motopark—who competed in the Formula 3 European Championship—were unsuccessful in their application and instead entered the Japanese Super Formula Championship.[15]

Driver entries[edit]

Honda promoted F4 Japanese champion Yuki Tsunoda to the category with Jenzer Motorsport.[9] Teppei Natori, who placed second in the championship, joined the series with Carlin Buzz Racing.[6]

FIA Formula 3 European Championship race winners Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman continued their collaboration with Prema Racing into the championship.[10][12] Jehan Daruvala, who raced in Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin, also joined Prema Racing.[11]

Jüri Vips, who raced in FIA Formula 3 European Championship will move to the new championship with Hitech Grand Prix.[8]

After racing in the GP3 Series with Jenzer Motorsport and Trident, David Beckmann signed with ART Grand Prix.[4]

Sebastián Fernández joined Campos Racing after competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Motopark.[5]

Calendar[edit]

The following eight rounds are scheduled to take place as part of the 2019 championship. The eight rounds were drawn from the 2018 GP3 Series calendar as the series was run on the Formula 1 support bill whereas the Formula 3 European Championship did not. A ninth round held at the Yas Marina Circuit in 2018 was omitted from the Formula 3 calendar.

Round Circuit Race 1 Race 2
1 Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló 11 May 12 May
2 France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 22 June 23 June
3 Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 29 June 30 June
4 United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 13 July 14 July
5 Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród 3 August 4 August
6 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 31 August 1 September
7 Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 7 September 8 September
8 Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 28 September 29 September
Source:[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmons, Marcus (22 September 2017). "FIA confirms new single-make Formula 3 category for 2019". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ "New International F3 car set to use GP3 engine". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "F3 – FIA Formula 3 Championship's 2019 teams revealed". fia.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "David Beckmann to race with ART Grand Prix 2019". fiaformula3.com. Formula Motorsport. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Campos Racing signs Sebastián Fernández". fiaformula3.com. 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Carlin announce title partner 'Buzz' and Natori in 2019 FIA Formula 3". carlin.co.uk. Carlin Motorsport. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b https://auto-mania.cz/charouz-racing-system-predstavil-plany-na-rok-2019-nechybel-u-toho-ani-ralf-schumacher/
  8. ^ a b Allen, Peter (5 December 2018). "Red Bull finalises Dan Ticktum's Super Formula move, Honda junior tie-up". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b Thukral, Rachit (26 November 2018). "Matsushita makes F2 return with Carlin". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 26 November 2018. Honda has also placed another of its junior drivers, 18-year-old Yuki Tsunoda, into the new FIA F3 series that replaces GP3 on the F1 support bill next season.
  10. ^ a b Benyon, Jack (4 December 2018). "Ferrari junior Armstrong joins Prema in new F3 series". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b https://www.autosport.com/f3/news/140548/daruvala-joins-armstrong-at-prema-for-fia-f3
  12. ^ a b "Mick Schumacher joins the Ferrari Driver Academy". ferrari.com. Scuderia Ferrari. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e Simmons, Marcus (12 October 2018). "Mercedes partner HWA for new FIA F3 series". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  14. ^ "HWA evaluating F2 entry in 2019". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2 December 2018. Horner told Motorsport.com that the team has already decided not to continue in the third tier, but it will continue in F2.
  15. ^ Simmons, Marcus (14 November 2018). "Motopark confirms 2019 Super Formula move". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  16. ^ "FIA announces 2019 calendars for F2 and F3". www.motorsport.com. Motorsport.com. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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