Formula 3 has had its provisional 2021 calendar published. The European focus the series has enjoyed since the merger of GP3 and European Formula 3 remains, but there’s a brand new grand finale out in Texas.
As announced previously, the season will be shorter than before, with just seven weekends of racing. However, there will be more racing than ever with 21 races. Each circuit will hold three race events over the weekend resulting in three opportunities for the F3 drivers to take a victory.
Unlike previous years, no circuit on the Formula 3 calendar will have Formula 2 as a support event in 2012. F3 will be the primary series for fans and teams to focus on when the F1 cars aren’t on track. The silo-ing of the two series stands to benefit F3 most, as their three races at each Grand Prix stand to have a higher amount of interest without Formula 2 in the paddock.
The season will kick off when F1 reaches Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix on 7th-9th May. The drivers will be itching for another race by the time round 2 in France rolls around seven weeks later. But the French Grand Prix triggers one of two double-header events that Formula 3 will have in its 2021 calendar. The Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg is the following weekend.
For the first time, F3 won’t be visiting Silverstone in July, but it will return to Hungary for the final race before the mid-season break. The three races at Budapest will take place on 30th July-1st August.
After the summer break, it’s the second double-header event of the Formula 3 2021 calendar. The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa runs on the last weekend of August, one week before Zandvoort in the Netherlands makes its F3 debut in September.
The season is capped by two new tracks to the F3 calendar. In additional to Zandvoort, the popular Circuit of the Americas track in Texas, USA will stage the season finale. In a mirror to the season first two rounds, it’s another seven-week gap between the final two. The US Grand Prix Formula 3 final takes place on 22nd-24th October 2021.
Formula 3 provisional 2021 calendar
7-9 May – Spain (Barcelona)*
25-27 June – France (Le Castellet)
2-4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
30 July-1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
27-29 August – Belgium (Spa)
3-5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
22-24 October – USA (Austin)
*Subject to contract