The Rules and Regulations
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.
There will be no changes on Friday, with one Free Practice session of 45 minutes and one Qualifying session of 30 minutes.
Two races will take place on Saturday (Race 1 and Race 2) whilst Race 3 will occur on Sunday morning ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. All three races will be forty minutes long.
A timetable will be issued before every round to determine the timing of each session.
With three races and only one Qualifying session over the weekend, it has been decided that the final classification of Friday’s Qualifying session will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Race 3.
The starting grid of Saturday’s Race 1 will be determined by reversing the top 12 finishers of Friday’s Qualifying session.
Finally, the starting grid of Race 2 will be determined by reversing the top 12 finishers of Saturday’s Race 1.
As it is currently the case, the driver who takes pole position following the final classification of Friday’s Qualifying session will be awarded four points.
Since the Race 1 and Race 2 starting grids are determined by reversing part of earlier classifications, it has been decided that there will be fewer points on offer in both events for the Top 10 finishers (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).
The top ten classified drivers of Race 3 will then be awarded more points (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1).
Two points will be awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap in each race. Any driver who is not classified in the top ten positions at the end of the race will not be eligible for fastest lap points.
The maximum number of points that a driver can score over a race weekend has been increased from 48 to 65.
From 2021, each driver will have five sets of dry-weather tyres (one more than previously) and two sets of wet-weather tyres available at each event.
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.