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FIA F2 and F3 expands on three-race weekend format arriving in 2021

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

The FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships have revealed the full weekend format for their switch to three-race weekends in 2021, which includes the feature race being moved to Sunday.

The Friday of each F2 round will remain unchanged, with a single 45-minute free practice session before a half-hour qualifying session that sets the grid for the feature race.

Saturdays will now included two sprint races, as the longer feature race is pushed to Sunday, and each one will run to 45 minutes or 120 kilometres, whichever comes first over a race duration.

The first sprint race will reverse the top 10 from qualifying to set its grid, while the grid for the second sprint race race will be set by the results of the first but with the top 10 finishers reversed.

Each of the sprint races will be equal in points, and use the current 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 format, while the feature race mirrors Formula 1’s points format of rewarding the top 10 finishers using 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. Pole will still earn four points, and the driver with the fastest lap within the top 10 finishers of each race will also earn two additional points.

Compulsory use of both nominated Pirelli slick compounds will remain in dry-weather feature races, and they will run to either an hour or 170km, depending on which is shorter to complete. Race distances for the Monaco and Sochi rounds will be determined at a later date.

There will be six sets of slick tyres available to each driver at every rounds, an increase of one set over 2020’s allowance, with four of those sets being of the nominated ‘prime’ compound and two being the ‘option’ compound. Three sets of wet-weather tyres will be available for use at each race weekend.

FIA F3 adopts a similar format, with all three of its races running to 40 minutes but with two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Qualifying sets the grid for race three, with the top 12 from that session reversed to set the front of the grid for race one. The middle race has its grid set by the results of race one but with the top 12 finishers reversed.

Its points distribution will be the same as this year, but with the larger haul of points (25-18-15…) being earned in race three, and the first two races delivering a smaller amount (15-12-10…).

All of the changes have already been approved by the World Motor Sport Council.