The Formula 2 (F2) and Formula 3 (F3) championships will remain the support event to F1 from 2021 onward but will not run together as more cost-cutting measures announced.
Before the current announcements, certain reports suggested that F2 and F3 will run separately outside the F1 support system but it isn’t the case as the championship has confirmed to remain part of the ecosystem – although with changes.
As part of the cost-cutting measures, F2 and F3 will no longer share the same F1 weekend from 2021 onward. They will also travel to fewer venues with three races per weekend to accommodate the loss of tracks they were to visit in the current system.
F2 will visit to eight venues with F1, to stage a total of 24 races, while F3 will visit seven venues, to have 21 races in all. The provisional calendar and the format will be announced at a later stage, presumably when the FIA releases the 2021 Formula 1 calendar.
On the car side, F2 will stick with the current 2018 machine until the 2023 season in a three-year cycle starting in 2021. On F3 side, the cycle started in 2019 and will remain as it is until the 2022 season when its three-year cycle comes to an end.
Additionally, FormulaRapida.net understands that W Series will also join the F1 support system for all of its rounds in 2021, as opposed to just the two which was supposed to happen in 2020 until the calendar cancelation due to COVID-19.
“One of our core values since the launch of the GP2 Series back in 2005 has been costs control,” said Bruno Michel. “Today, more than ever, it has to be at the heart of our strategy. The measures we are announcing here are crucial as they have an impact on the way both Championships operate, but also on the calendar and the race weekend timetable, hence the sporting regulations.
“Furthermore, the teams who are currently competing in both Championships will have the possibility to mutualise some of their personnel between the two categories in order to save additional costs. We strongly feel that this has to be done and put in place as quickly as possible to ensure the stability of both Championships in the years to come.”
The full statement from F2:
The promoters of the FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championships have always considered cost control as one of their priorities. Every year, they study and apply where possible different ways to keep budgets under control, and starting from 2021, they will put in place important measures that will help achieve this goal.
As such, the promoters can first announce that thanks to agreements with the suppliers to F2 and F3, the costs of the engine lease and of some spare parts will decrease significantly from 2021. In addition to this, the costs related to logistics and freight will also be cut for both F2 and F3.
Moreover, the promoters have decided that the same car will be used for the next three-year cycle of F2 which will start in 2021. The 2019 Formula 3 car’s specs will be unchanged for 2021 and is likely to remain the same for the following seasons, with the next three-year cycle starting in 2022.
Finally, one of the teams’ variable costs is the number of events per season which directly impacts their budget. Therefore, it has been decided that an efficient way to reduce their expenses is to go to fewer venues, but without decreasing the number of races. Currently, each F2 and F3 event comprises two races. From 2021, they will be made of three races instead. Formula 2’s calendar will consist of eight events but will keep a total of 24 races. This means that the F2 teams will save up to one third of their logistics costs. As for Formula 3’s calendar, it will comprise seven events, but twenty-one races in total, thus increasing the overall mileage per season.
In order to achieve this, F2 and F3 can no longer run on the same race weekend as it is impossible to fit six races during a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Therefore, it has been agreed with the FIA and Formula 1 management to have three races of either F2 or F3 per Grand Prix weekend, the format of which will be announced at a later date.
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