The FIA is the governing body of world motor sport - it regulates and adjudicates on hundreds of events in a huge variety of series each year. Across the disciplines of single-seaters, endurance racing, rallies, the burgeoning arena of electric and new energy championships, and the huge number of regional and grassroots events around the world, the FIA’s passion for motor sport and its dedication to ensuring fair play and safety for all competitors are undiminished.
Confirmed in March 2018, the FIA Formula 3 Championship is the third tier of the single-seater pyramid, which creates a clear path for drivers from karting to Formula 4 championships certified by FIA, Formula Regional championships certified by FIA, FIA Formula 3, FIA Formula 2 and finally the FIA Formula One World Championship. This system not only benefits competitors but is also more engaging and easily accessible to fans.
The FIA governs F3’s technical and sporting regulations, and appoints the FIA officials who ensure that those regulations are adhered to at all times. It also maintains the highest safety standards of the cars and circuits and provides a driver briefing specific to the discipline.
FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem
"The FIA Formula 3 Championship represents a key moment in the careers of young racing talents, as for the first time in their careers, they have the opportunity to race at the same events as the top-level of world motor sport – the FIA Formula One World Championship – and showcase their talents in front of racing’s key players.
"The FIA Formula 3 Championship will this year also race at the same events as the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and indeed having the top three tiers of FIA single-seater competition together at the same events will certainly benefit both the drivers and the many fans around the world as they look out for the brightest up and coming racers on the pathway to Formula 1.
“This championship is the first major step into international single-seater racing, with drivers having competed nationally and regionally within the FIA single-seater pyramid before reaching this important stage of their career. With 17 different nationalities represented, F3 is a fantastic example of the diversity in our sport, which we will continue to encourage and nurture as one of our highest priorities.
"With no fewer than 30 cars on the grid, the competition is surely going to be intense, and I wish every driver and team the very best for a safe and successful campaign ahead. History has shown time and again that success in Formula 3 is crucial for those drivers with ambitions of one day racing in Formula 1, and I am sure that this year will be no exception."