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Formula 1 to promote FIA Formula 3 championship from 2019

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The Formula One Group has been selected by the FIA as the promoter for the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, which will begin from 2019.

The international junior series will run as a support event on Grand Prix weekends and feature an all-new car next year, with a single supplier for chassis, engines and tyres to be selected by the FIA in collaboration with Formula 1.

Formula 3 will join its senior Formula 2 series on the F1 schedule, bringing together the top three tiers of FIA single-seater competition together at the same events, which in turn will make it easier than ever for fans to follow the careers of aspiring young drivers and see the dramatic journey towards Formula 1 unfold.

A maximum grid of 30 cars will be accepted, with the championship planned to run between nine and ten events, with two races per event.

The new car will integrate the latest FIA safety technologies, making it the benchmark in safety standards for the F3 category.

It will feature increased chassis strength, increased cockpit rim height and strength that will be the same standard as in F1, the Halo frontal impact protection device, and will be the first car to feature a frontal anti-intrusion panel.

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"The FIA has been refining the single-seater pyramid with great care over recent years, and the new FIA Formula 3 Championship achieves an important goal of putting the top three FIA single-seater competitions on the same platform," said Stefano Domenicali, President of the FIA Single-seater Commission.

"This has great advantages for fans and competitors alike, as graduates of FIA-certified national and regional competitions have a clear first step into international racing, while spectators and viewers watching Formula 1 will be able to see a broader spectrum of future stars on their way to the pinnacle of our sport.

"Formula 3 has a long and rich heritage as a key category where the skills to reach the top are developed, and now with Formula 1 as the promoter, I’m sure it will continue to flourish."

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