2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship
|2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship|
|Teams' Champion: Prema Racing|
|Previous:||2018 (F3 Europe)
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The 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship is the tenth season of the third-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also inaugural first season under the moniker of FIA Formula 3 Championship, a multi-event motor racing championship for single-seat open-wheel formula racing cars. The championship features drivers competing in three-point-four 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, the FIA Formula 2 Championship. 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).
After fourteen races Robert Shwartzman leads in the drivers' championship ahead of his Prema Racing teammate Jehan Daruvala. Daruvala is the only other title contender left with 33-point gap behind Shwartzman, and 48 points available at the season finale. Prema Racing became the inaugural teams' champions after the second Spa-Francorchamps race.
Teams and driversEdit
The following teams and drivers competing in the 2019 championship. As the championship is a spec series, all teams compete with an identical Dallara F3 2019 chassis and a bespoke tyre compound developed by Pirelli. Each car is 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. Teams are required to enter three cars.
|ART Grand Prix||1||David Beckmann||1–7|
|MP Motorsport||4||Liam Lawson||1–7|
|Sauber Junior Team by Charouz||7||Lirim Zendeli||1–7|
|9||Raoul Hyman[note 1]||1–7|
|HWA Racelab||10||Bent Viscaal||1–7|
|12||Keyvan Andres[note 2]||1–7|
|Jenzer Motorsport||14||Yuki Tsunoda||1–7|
|Giorgio Carrara[note 3]||3, 5–7|
|Hon Chio Leong||8|
|Hitech Grand Prix||20||Leonardo Pulcini||1–7|
|Campos Racing||23||Alex Peroni||1–7|
|25||Sebastián Fernández[note 4]||1–7|
|Prema Racing||26||Marcus Armstrong||1–7|
|Carlin Buzz Racing||29||Teppei Natori||1–7|
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, while Carlin, Hitech Grand Prix and Prema Racing were chosen from the Formula 3 European Championship. Both Carlin and Prema Racing held entries in the championship's sister series Formula 2, as did Charouz Racing System. Charouz later formed a partnership with Sauber Motorsport, which currently runs Alfa Romeo's team in Formula 1. The final entry was awarded to HWA Racelab, who joined the series after Mercedes-Benz withdrew from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car championship. Formula 2 and GP3 regulars Arden International decided against entering Formula 3, while Motopark—who competed in the Formula 3 European Championship—were unsuccessful in their application and instead entered the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
Teppei Natori, who placed second in the 2018 F4 Japanese Championship, joined the series with Carlin Buzz Racing along with Euroformula Open champion Felipe Drugovich and Eurocup Formula Renault race winner Logan Sargeant. FIA Formula 3 European Championship race winners and Ferrari juniors Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman continued their collaboration with Prema Racing into the championship. Jehan Daruvala, who raced in Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin, also joined Prema Racing.
Honda promoted F4 Japanese champion and Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda to the category with Jenzer Motorsport. Artem Petrov joined the team from the Formula 3 European Championship and Andreas Estner from ADAC Formula 4. Red Bull Junior Jüri Vips, who also raced in the Formula 3 European Championship, will move to the new championship with Hitech Grand Prix. Leonardo Pulcini and Ye Yifei, who raced in GP3 with Campos Racing and Formula Renault with Josef Kaufmann Racing respectively, also joined Hitech Grand Prix.
After racing in the GP3 Series with Jenzer Motorsport and Trident, David Beckmann signed with ART Grand Prix, who also took on Renault Sport Academy members Max Fewtrell and Christian Lundgaard. Sebastián Fernández, Alex Peroni and Alessio Deledda joined Campos Racing after competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Motopark, Formula Renault Eurocup with MP Motorsport and Italian F4 with Technorace respectively.
Keyvan Andres Soori, who raced in European Formula 3 with Van Amersfoort Racing, joined the championship with HWA Racelab. He will be partnered with Bent Viscaal, who was the runner-up in the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship driving for Teo Martín Motorsport, and Jake Hughes, who raced in GP3 with ART. After racing with them in GP3, Richard Verschoor joined MP Motorsport alongside Simo Laaksonen and reigning TRS champion and Red Bull Junior, Liam Lawson.
The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz entered the championship fielding reigning ADAC Formula 4 champion Lirim Zendeli, European Formula 3 racer Fabio Scherer and reigning F3 Asian champion Raoul Hyman. After scoring two race wins with them in the 2018 GP3 Series, Pedro Piquet reunited with Trident and was joined by Niko Kari and Devlin DeFrancesco, both of whom switched from MP Motorsport.
- Mid-season changes
Artem Petrov ended his campaign after the first round due to lack of funding. His replacement at Jenzer Motorsport was Giorgio Carrara, however the Argentine can only start participating from the Spielberg round due to visa issues. Carrara was replaced with Federico Malvestiti for the Silverstone round. Carrara returned to the seat in Hungary. Hon Chio Leong will replace Carrara for the season finale at Sochi Autodrom.
A schedule of eight rounds was made 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. The ninth round held at the Yas Marina Circuit in 2018 was omitted from the Formula 3 calendar to allow drivers the opportunity to compete in the 2019 Macau Grand Prix.
|Round||Circuit||Race 1||Race 2|
|1||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló||11 May||12 May|
|2||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||22 June||23 June|
|3||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||29 June||30 June|
|4||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||13 July||14 July|
|5||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||3 August||4 August|
|6||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||31 August||1 September|
|7||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||7 September||8 September|
|8||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||28 September||29 September|
For the championship's inaugural season, all teams will be supplied with a new chassis package, named the Dallara F3 2019. It will still be powered by a fuel-efficient 3.4 litre (207 cu in) naturally-aspirated direct-injected V6 engine developed by Mecachrome that also powered the GP3/16 chassis which was used in the championship's predecessor, the GP3 Series from 2016 to 2018. The chassis will use tyres supplied by Pirelli and also feature the "halo" cockpit protection device used in the championship's sister series Formula One and Formula 2.
The championship will introduce a rule restricting the amount of downforce available during a race. Teams will be free to run as much downforce as they choose during free practice and qualifying in order to find the ideal car setup, but the minimum and maximum allowable angle of the rear wing will be specified by stewards ahead of the race.
Use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) will be unrestricted, whereas the championship’s predecessor, GP3, restricted its use to six in the feature race and four in the sprint race.
Results and standingsEdit
Points will be awarded to the top 10 classified finishers in Race 1, and to the top 8 classified finishers in Race 2. The pole-sitter in Race 1 will receive four points, and two points will be given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both races. No extra points are awarded to the pole-sitter in Race 2 as the grid for Race 2 is based on the results of Race 1 with the top eight drivers having their positions reversed.
- Race 1 points
- Race 2 points
Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.
Bold – Pole position
- – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.
Bold – Pole position
- – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.
- Raoul Hyman is a South African driver competing under a British licence.
- Keyvan Andres is a German driver competing under an Iranian licence.
- Giorgio Carrara is an Argentine driver competing under a Swiss licence.
- Sebastián Fernández is a Venezuelan driver competing under a Spanish licence.
- Christian Lundgaard won the race, but was subsequently issued with a five-second time penalty for a virtual safety car (VSC) infringement.
- Felipe Drugovich set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
- Christian Lundgaard set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
- Robert Shwartzman won the race, but was subsequently issued with a five-second time penalty for a collision with Marcus Armstrong.
- Logan Sargeant set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
- Jüri Vips set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
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