• Dec 12th 2010 at 3:03PM
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It seems like new feeder series on the ladder up to Formula One are popping with increased frequency. GP2 kicked off in 2005, which then gave birth to GP3. Formula 2 was re-inaugurated in 2009, while other series like A1GP, Superleague Formula and Auto GP come and go. All the while, Formula 3 has remained a fragmented category with no cohesive international championship. That is, until now.

The FIA has announced a new international level of Formula 3 racing that promises to draw the best up-and-coming talents from the open-wheel racing world. Instead of superseding or replacing any of the national or regional series currently in place, the F3 International Trophy will string together several events from existing series along with some others to crown a world champion.

The six-round calendar for the inaugural championship is set to include the Macau Grand Prix in China (pictured above), the Zandvoort Masters in the Netherlands, and a support race (currently part of the British F3 series) for the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium, while reviving the erstwhile dormant Pau Grand Prix in France and kicking off new races at Hockenheim (date TBA) and Yeongam (in support of the Korean Grand Prix). The top three drivers at season's end will qualify for an F1 superlicense, giving them a much-coveted shot at the big leagues.

[Source: Autosport | TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I never got into F1, but I saw this picture and had to ask, what are those missile launchers on the cars' left or right sides, next to the drivers' heads?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Should've figured as much. For some I saw the loop over the drivers' heads but didn't notice that it wasn't blacked out. My brain's fried from finals week...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spell check, guys. Especially in the title.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since F1 is going to use 4 cylinders1.6l engines from 3.0l V12, and actual F3 I think are using 4 cylinders 2.0I engines, I wonder what kind of engine will the F3 use in the future? May be a 2 cylinder FIAT 500!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They didn't go from 3L V12 to a turbo 4. They went from a 3L V12 to a V10, to a 2.4L V8.

        They've used V8's for almost 6 years? When the V8's are gone, it'll be almost 10 years on the V8, I think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember that the F1 engine is a turbo engine. Actually, they used to have them in the 80s and used to be way better than the big ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does there exist some kind of a ranking of all these formulas relative to Formula 1?

      E.g., Tier 1, Tier 2, etc. with the ranking based on who feeds whom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually things used to be simple, but got a little complicated along the way. Onde upon a time there was (in decreasing order) Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3 and the entry-level Formula Ford. Then Formula 3000 replaced Formula 2, which in its turn was reborn in 2009. Now there are some more feeding categories: GP2 and GP3, Formula Renault World Series (or World Series By Renault), which overlaps GP2 and several Formula Renault 2.0 championships. Add to that Formula Atlantic and BMW Formula!
        As you see it's a bit confusing, but the ranking is:
        - Formula One;
        - GP2, Formula 2 and World Series By Renault;
        - GP3 and Formula 3;
        - Formula Renault;
        - BMW Formula;
        - Formula Ford;
        - Karting (!)
        It would be good to have this simplified by the international organism (FIA).

        • 4 Years Ago
        Here you have an improved version:
        - Formula 1
        - GP2
        - GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 (Formula 2 too, but it will be surely dead soon)
        - Formula 3
        - Formula Renault 2.0
        - Formula Ford / Formula Renault 1.6 / Formel Masters (Germany) / Formula Abarth
        - Karting
      • 4 Years Ago
      You actually think anyone will click that link? A fashion shop for the game pong maybe? LOL.
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