Masters of Formula 3

The Masters of Formula 3 was a Formula Three race held annually, usually at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Due to noise restrictions in the Zandvoort area, the 2007 and 2008 races were held in the Belgian circuit of Zolder. However, it returned to Zandvoort for the 2009 race.[1]

Masters of Formula 3
Circuit Park Zandvoort
Race information
Number of times held24
First held1991
Last held2016
Most wins (drivers)Finland V. Bottas (2)
Sweden F. Rosenqvist (2)
Most wins (constructors)Dallara (22)                          
Circuit length4.307 km (2.676 miles)
Race length107.675 km (66.90 miles)
Last race (2016)
Pole position
Fastest lap

The Masters was first started in 1991, as an international meeting between drivers from various national championships across Europe. As the FIA European Formula Three Cup had been cancelled after the 1990 season, the Masters became the unofficial European F3 championship. Many of Formula One's future stars raced and won in the Masters, including David Coulthard, who was crowned champion in the first event.

In 1999, the FIA nominated the Pau round of French Formula Three Championship as the new European Cup, but the Masters retained its status as the de facto international meeting between up-and-coming superstars all across Europe, as drivers from the British, French, German and Italian championships continued to flock to the Dutch track. When the French and German series were merged into the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2003, the Masters was not included in the calendar at the time, but its position as the premier international F3 meeting in Europe was not threatened.

The event was sponsored by Marlboro from 1991 to 2005. When tobacco advertising was banned in the European Union after 31 July 2005, the Masters lost its sponsorship.[2] The race was sponsored by BP Ultimate took from 2006 to 2007, RTL in 2008, Tango in 2009 and RTL again in 2010.

For the first time since its creation the series took a one-year break in 2017 due to calendar changes on the circuit and FIA Formula 3 European Championship regulations which prohibits any racing activity prior the round on the same circuit.[3] But the race did not return in 2018, which made the 2016 race the final race of the event thus far.


List of Masters of Formula 3 winners[4]
Year Winner Entrant Chassis – Engine Main Series Race Track Circuit Map
1991   David Coulthard   Paul Stewart Racing Ralt RT35-Mugen-Honda British Formula 3 Championship Circuit Zandvoort  
1992   Pedro Lamy   Opel Team WTS Reynard 923-Opel German Formula Three Championship
1993   Jos Verstappen   Opel Team WTS Dallara F393-Opel German Formula Three Championship
1994   Gareth Rees   Alan Docking Racing Dallara F394-Mugen-Honda British Formula 3 Championship
1995   Norberto Fontana[5]   KMS Dallara F395-Opel German Formula Three Championship
1996   Kurt Mollekens   Alan Docking Racing Dallara F396-Mugen-Honda British Formula 3 Championship
1997   Tom Coronel   Alan Docking Racing Dallara F397-Toyota All-Japan Formula Three Championship
1998   David Saelens   ASM Fina Dallara F396-Renault French Formula Three Championship
1999   Marc Hynes   Manor Motorsport Dallara F399-Mugen-Honda British Formula 3 Championship  
2000   Jonathan Cochet   Signature Competition Dallara F399-Renault French Formula Three Championship
2001   Takuma Sato   Carlin Motorsport Dallara F301-Mugen-Honda British Formula 3 Championship
2002   Fabio Carbone   Fortec Motorsport Dallara F302-Renault British Formula 3 Championship
2003   Christian Klien   ADAC Berlin Brandenburg Dallara F302-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2004   Alexandre Prémat   ASM Formule 3 Dallara F304-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2005   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2006   Paul di Resta   ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2007   Nico Hülkenberg   ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series Circuit Zolder  
2008   Jules Bianchi   ART Grand Prix Dallara F308-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2009   Valtteri Bottas   ART Grand Prix Dallara F308-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series Circuit Zandvoort  
2010   Valtteri Bottas   ART Grand Prix Dallara F308-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2011   Felix Rosenqvist   Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308-Mercedes Formula 3 Euro Series
2012   Daniel Juncadella   Prema Powerteam Dallara F312-Mercedes FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2013   Felix Rosenqvist   KFZ‐Teile24 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F312-Mercedes FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2014   Max Verstappen   Motopark Dallara F311-Volkswagen FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2015   Antonio Giovinazzi   Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara F315-Volkswagen FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2016   Joel Eriksson   Motopark Dallara F316-Volkswagen FIA Formula 3 European Championship


  1. ^ "Masters to return to Zandvoort". 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  2. ^ "Marlboro Masters F3 Race Gets New Name". Autoweek. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ Simmons, Marcus (21 April 2017). "Masters of F3 race won't be held in 2017". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Formel 3 Sieger Masters of Formula 3" [Formula 3 Winners Masters of Formula 3] (in German). Formel 3 Guide. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  5. ^ "August 1995 Data". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-06-19.

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