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 brand new 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 new FIA Formula 3 Championship is the third tier of the single-seater pyramid, which has been designed to create a clear path for drivers from karting to FIA Formula 4, 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.
Jean Todt, FIA President
"I am delighted to welcome you to the second season of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. It has always been a great pleasure to see the careers of aspiring young drivers unfolding in the intense environment of some of Europe’s most iconic circuits. We only have to look at the journey taken by many Formula 1 World Champions past and present to appreciate the importance of the category, and to know how crucial it is that we nurture its development.
"Since 2019 the FIA Formula 3 Championship has joined the same platform as Formula 2 and Formula 1. Having the top three tiers of FIA single-seater competition together at the same events is an important part of the learning process and will make it easier than ever for fans to follow the careers of the sport’s rising stars and see the dramatic journey towards Formula One unfold. The potent combination of burgeoning young talent, a car that encourages closer racing, and a hugely competitive and educational environment where drivers can shine in front of the world’s foremost race teams is truly compelling.
"The FIA has long been committed to creating a logical pyramid for its single-seater championships. In recent years we have seen the carefully prepared foundations develop into a thriving system which is already producing a wealth of gifted young drivers who will undoubtedly become the stars of the future. To give clear direction to the large number of budding racers coming out of the FIA karting series, we have established a hugely successful programme of FIA Formula 4 championships in 11 countries or zones around the world.
"From there, the top drivers can progress to FIA Formula 3 via the interim step of the FIA Formula Regional Championships in the US, Europe, Asia and Japan.
"I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 2020 season of the FIA Formula 3 Championship."