Each event weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship is a one-make category consisting of 30 identical cars. The F3 2019 machine features a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder engine, which delivers 380 HP at 8000 rpm.
Formula 3 uses Pirelli PZero tyres in three specifications (hard, medium and soft). Each driver has four sets of dry-weather tyres and two sets of wet-weather tyres available at each event.
No individual developments or upgrades are permitted in the series, and all spare parts must be purchased directly from the F3 Championship. Repairs of structural components must be carried out by Dallara in order to ensure integrity.
A race weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races, with both races to be no longer than 40 minutes in total.
The qualifying session is a straight fight for fastest laptime, and determines the order of the grid for Race 1. Four points are awarded for pole position.
The distance of both races is established prior to each event. However, should 40 minutes elapse in the races before the designated number of laps the lead driver will be shown the chequered flag.
There are no mandatory pitstops and refuelling is not permitted at any time in the pit lane or on the grid.
Four points are awarded for pole position.
The top ten drivers score points in Race 1 (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) with two points being awarded to the driver who set the fastest lap of the race.
In Race 2 the top ten finishers score points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and the driver who sets the fastest lap scores two points.
The point for fastest lap in both Race 1 and Race 2 will only be awarded to a driver who finishes in the top 10, and who has started the race from the grid.
Race two grid explained
The first ten finishers in race one will start race two in reverse order, cars finishing in 9th position and downwards will start in their finishing position.
By way of illustration:
Race one / Race two
Driver’s Finishing Position / Driver’s Starting Position
1st / 10th
2nd / 9th
3rd / 8th
4th / 7th
5th / 6th
6th / 5th
7th / 4th
8th / 3rd
9th / 2nd
10th / 1st
11th/ 11th and so on
All drivers participating in the Championship must hold a Grade A or B International FIA Licence.
The drivers are able to use the Drag Reduction System (DRS) as they wish within the designated DRS zones during free practice and qualifying. During both races however, the drivers will only be allowed to activate DRS within the designated zones when they are within less than a second of the car in front at the detection point.
During the race, the DRS is available for use after two laps unless decided otherwise by the race director due to poor weather conditions or yellow flags in the designated DRS zones.
The DRS zones will be the same as the ones used in Formula One on every circuit of the calendar.
The same safety rules apply: the DRS is disabled at the end of the designated zones, and if the driver uses the brakes or releases the throttle after activation.