This weekend sees the start of the 2021 Formula 3 season, so here’s everything you need to know in our ultimate guide.
With 13 drivers returning from 2020 alongside 16 rookies and Juan Manuel Correa who is back in the race after a forced absence in 2020, all lined up on the grid, this season promises to be F3’s most unpredictable season yet. day.
2021 also sees changes to the race schedule and weekend formats, so here’s everything you need to know ahead of the new campaign as we provide the ultimate guide to the 2021 F3 season.
Teams and pilots
|9||Juan Manuel Correa|
|Hitech GP||ten||Jak crawford|
|HWA Racelab||14||Matteo nannini|
|MP Motorsport||17||Victor Martins|
|19||Tijmen Van Der Helm|
|31||Reshad De Gerus|
- Dennis Hauger and Ollie Caldwell have left Hitech and Trident respectively to sign for PREMA, where they will be associated with Arthur Leclerc, a graduate of the European Regional Formula Championship (FREC).
- Jack Doohan left HWA Racelab to join Trident alongside David Schumacher and Clement Novalak who move from Carlin to the Italian squad.
- Frederik Vesti left PREMA at the end of the 2020 season to sign for ART after joining Mercedes’ F1 Junior program.
- Juan Manuel Correa returns to F3 after recovering from injuries sustained in an F2 crash during the Belgian Feature Race 2019 with the American signing for ART GP this season.
- Roman Stanek left Charouz to sign for Hitech GP, where he will partner with Red Bull Juniors – Jak Crawford and Ayumu Iwasa who move from ADAC F4 and French F4 respectively.
- Matteo Nannini left Jenzer to sign for HWA Racelab, the Italian leading a double campaign in F2 and F3 in 2021.
- Oliver Rasmussen and Rafael Villagomez join Nannini in partnership with F3 at HWA Racelab, Rasmussen graduating from FREC and Villagomez graduating from French F4.
- Victor Martins, Caio Collet, Tijmen van der Helm all graduated in F3 with MP Motorsport, having raced in Formula Renault Eurocup last season.
- Campos has named a rookie squad made up of Laszlo Toth, Lorenzo Colombo and Amaury Cordeel, all of whom raced in the Formula Renault Eurocup last season.
- Carlin appointed a rookie squad consisting of Ido Cohen, Kaylen Frederick and Jonny Edgar. Frederick and Edgar are British F3 and ADAC F4 champions respectively. Cohen is leaving EuroFormula after finishing seventh last season.
- Pierre-Louis Chovet moves from Hitech GP to Jenzer for his first full-time F3 season, having led two of the last three rounds for the British team in 2020.
- Filip Ugran moves to F3 with Jenzer after riding for them in Italian F4 in 2020.
- Logan Sargeant moves from PREMA to Charouz as the best-placed return driver of 2020.
- Enzo Fittipaldi moves from HWA Racelab to Charouz for the 2021 season.
- Reshad De Gerus moves to F3 from Formula Renault Eurocup.
- 2020 champion Oscar Piastri moved to F2 with PREMA, which took the Australian driver to the F3 title last season.
- Vice-Champion 2020, Theo Pourchaire also moved to F2 with the same team for which he raced in F3 – ART GP.
- Max Fewtrell left Hitech and F3 after the sixth round of last season with his current plans for 2021 unclear.
- Liam Lawson graduated in F2 after two seasons in F3 while he remains with his 2020 team – Hitech GP.
- Sebastian Fernandez left ART GP and F3 at the end of the 2020 season with his 2021 plans unclear.
- Lirim Zendeli graduated in F2 but instead of staying with Trident he moved to MP Motorsport with another graduate – Bent Viscaal switching to Trident.
- David Beckmann graduated from Trident and F3 in F2 by joining Charouz.
- Jake Hughes left HWA Racelab and F3 to become a reserve driver for Venturi Racing in Formula E.
- Richard Verschoor graduated in F2 because he stayed with MP Motorsport.
- Lukas Dunner left MP Motorsport and F3 to join Rallying.
- Federico Malvestiti left Jenzer and F3 at the end of the 2020 season with his current plans unclear.
- Igor Fraga left Charouz and F3 at the end of the 2020 season with his current plans unclear.
- Michael Belov played the last three rounds of the 2020 season with Charouz before continuing with the team in the 2021 preseason, only to be dropped a few days before the new season, leaving his fate uncertain.
- Cameron Das left Calin and F3 to join EuroFormula for the 2021 season, joining Team Motopark.
- After two seasons with Campos in F3, Alex Peroni switched to Carlin and instead will race at Indy Lights throughout the 2021 season.
- Alessio Deledda graduated in F2 and joined HWA Racelab.
- Sophia Floersch left F3 and Campos to join the DTM and LMP2 classes of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
- Andreas Estner made an appearance for Campos last season, but he will now race full-time in EuroFormula this season.
- Leonardo Pulcini who made an appearance for Carlin in Spain last season ……
- Ben Barnicoat who raced for Carlin in both rounds of Silverstone in 2020 will not return for a full season, choosing instead to race in the Asian Le Mans GT class in 2021.
- Enaam Ahmed made Carlin’s first three rounds last season but won’t return this season, instead switching to Indy Pro 2000 for the 2021 season.
Calendar F3 2021
|1||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit of Catalunya||May 7-9|
|2||Grand Prix of France||Paul Ricard Circuit||June 25-27|
|3||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||July 2-4|
|4||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||July 30 – August 1|
|5||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa Francorchamps||August 27-29|
|6||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||September 3-5|
|7||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||October 22-24|
- France is returning to the F3 schedule after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Spain are returning to their usual place as opener of the season after moving to sit sixth in the round last season in the revised Coronavirus schedule.
- Austria hosted the opening two rounds of the season in the revised 2020 schedule, but will now host the third round in 2021.
- Hungary hosted the third round of the revised 2020 calendar, but will now host the fourth round of the 2021 season.
- Belgium will now host the fifth round, after hosting the seventh of nine rounds last year.
- The F3 goes to Zandvoort for the first time as part of the Dutch Grand Prix support package.
- After spending the first two seasons in Europe, the F3 is set to travel to the United States in late October for the final round and its first flyaway race since the current series started in 2019.
- Last season saw two rounds in Austria and Great Britain, but 2021 will only see F3 hold one round in Austria, while the British rounds were cut short due to the separation of F2.
- Despite hosting the 2020 season finale, Mugello will not return to the schedule as it was a one-off round under a revised schedule.
- Plans to host the 2020 season opener in Bahrain were scrapped in the revamped schedule, before finally being completely removed from this season’s schedule.
- F2 and F3 will no longer run the same weekends starting this season for budgetary reasons, with F3 reducing their racing schedule to seven rounds as a result.
- F3 will feature a format change on weekends as the star race moves to Sunday, with two sprint races on Saturday instead. The qualifying top 12 will be reversed for the first sprint race, with the top 12 in that race being reversed for the second sprint race.
- Teams will receive an additional set of tires for each race weekend due to the addition of a third race.
Where can you watch F3?
|Sub-Saharan Africa (including South Africa)||SuperSport|
|Pan Latin America||Fox sports|
|New Zealand||Spark Sport|
|Czech Republic||AMC Networks|
|Poland||Eleven Sports and Polsat|
|UK and Ireland||Sky Sports|
Five key indicators
- PREMA will be the team to beat as a two-time defending champion, even if they did not dominate the preseason tests.
- MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins should be one to watch after having had a strong pre-season, as the Dutch team look to continue their improved performance in the junior categories.
- Having joined the Mercedes F1 Junior program in January, Vesti will be looking for a title challenge with ART GP which guided fellow Mercedes junior – George Russell to the 2017 GP3 crown.
- Despite PREMA’s move to Charouz as the best-placed returning driver, Logan Sargeant should be a driver to watch given his experience and talent.
- After enduring a tough 2020 season, Jenzer will look to make improvements this season with the up-and-coming star – Pierre-Louis Chovet joining the squad.