The FIA Formula 3 (F3) Championship provisional calendar for 2020 as an addition of Bahrain with Netherlands taking place of France.
Like F2, the F3 provisional calendar for 2020 season has one sure change of Zandvoort, Netherlands, replacing Paul Ricard, France. In addition, F3 has added Bahrain International Circuit in its calendar.
The 2020 season will thus start in Bahrain with F2 on March 20-22. After a month-long break, they will get back together in Zandvoort (May 1-3) with Barcelona (May 8-10) next for the first three rounds.
There won’ be races in Monaco and Azerbaijan like F2, with the F3 action resuming in Speilberg in July 3-5, followed by Silverstone (July 17-19) and Budapest (August 31 – September 2) before F1 break.
It will return at Spa-Francorchamps (August 28-30) and Monza (September 4-6) then, with Sochi (September 25-27) once again being the season finale unlike Yas Marina for F1 and F2 respectively.
The change in F3 is because of Macau GP happening in November, generally a week before the Abu Dhabi weekend. F3 Bruno Michel said: “I’m very pleased to confirm that our 2020 calendar will comprise nine rounds.
“That’s one more event than this season. All events will occur alongside F1 Grand Prix, with two new venues, one flyaway and one European. It will be interesting to see the F3 cars racing at the Bahrain International Circuit and at Zandvoort alongside F1 and F2.”
At the same time, the FIA Single-Seater Commission President, Stefano Domenicali added: “The 2020 FIA F3 calendar is an exciting prospect for the many young talents looking to progress up the FIA single-seater pyramid.
“I am looking forward to seeing how they tackle a new challenge in Bahrain, whilst many will be returning to the fantastic Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands having raced there in more junior categories.
“With an additional event giving increased track time and all races supporting F1, there’s no better step up into international single-seater competition.” The dates for pre-season test will be revealed later.