It’s going to be all change for F2 and F3 for 2021 as the two traditional support series will no longer feature on the same weekends. As part of cost-cutting measures, the promoters of Formula 2 and Formula 3 will split the two championships apart. Instead of both running together on the same weekend as Formula 1, each will race separately.
What this means for each category is both will visit fewer circuits. The reduction will lead to lowering the operational costs of the participating teams. However, to counter the lower number of tracks, each race weekend will feature three races rather than three. For Formula 2, there will be eight circuits. Each will host three races, resulting in the series maintaining its 24 race calendar. For Formula 3, there will be seven circuits, meaning a 21-race calendar.
Unless COVID-19 cancels any events, 2021 will host the most F3 races since its 2019 launch. While fans in attendance may be disappointed to have one fewer Formula race each at Grand Prix, there are upsides. There are more opportunities to watch the future F1 stars over the course of one weekend, for example.
The financial viability of the teams also increases if they save costs on logistics, too. Further details are to come, but the fifteen 2021 Grand Prix weekends of F2 and F3 will be shared with F1. The allocation of circuits is to be announced.
Bruno Michel Statement on F2 separating from F3
F2 & F3 CEO Bruno Michel announced that:
“One of our core values since the launch of the GP2 Series back in 2005 has been costs control. Today, more than ever, it has to be at the heart of our strategy.
“The measures we are announcing here are crucial as they have an impact on the way both Championships operate, but also on the calendar and the race weekend timetable, hence the sporting regulations.
“Furthermore, the teams who are currently competing in both Championships will have the possibility to mutualise some of their personnel between the two categories in order to save additional costs.
“We strongly feel that this has to be done and put in place as quickly as possible to ensure the stability of both Championships in the years to come.”