Formula 3 has followed in its the footsteps of its bigger brother with hosting three races per weekend in 2021. Following the FIA and Formula 2 promoters disclosing how a Formula 2 weekend will look earlier today, the news surrounding Formula 3’s format followed shortly after.
And in a similar approach, the Formula 3 promoters created three handy infographics to help fans navigate the changes. We’ve digested that into text form for you.
Formula 3 2021 Race Format
Okay so as was previously teased in November, Formula 3 will run three race events at every race weekend. This additional race compensated for fewer race venues visited, and actually expanded the number of races per season to twenty-one.
Friday’s will remain as they currently are in 2020. There will be two sessions. A Free Practice running for 45-minutes, followed by a 30-minute Qualifying session.
Unlike the slightly more complicated revisions to Formula 2 for 2021, Formula 3’s extra race is a slightly simpler addition. There will be three races that will run for a maximum of 40-minutes. The race distance, in regards to laps, will be decided before the event. This is as Formula 3 is in 2020, just with one more race.
Race 1 and Race 2 will both take place on Saturday, with the final Race 3 running ahead of the F1 race on Sunday.
The complications come in when looking at the starting order for the races. The sole qualifying session on Friday is what determines the starting grid for Race 3. That is to say, the fastest driver on Friday will start on pole on Sunday.
However, for Race 1, on Saturday morning, the driver who was 12th fastest on Friday will be the polesitter. Rather than reversing the top ten finishers of the first race, as per 2020, Formula 3 will reverse the top twelve of Qualifying in 2021. 13th to 30th will be in the same order for both Race 1 and Race 3.
Race 2’s starting grid is defined by the finishing positions of Race 1. However, again the top twelve will be reversed. The rules are to encourage overtaking.
Formula 3 2021 Point Scoring
The additional race in Formula 3 for 2021 will have the same points values as Race 2 had in 2020. That is to say, Race 1 and Race 2 will have fewer points on offer due to the reverse grid format.
Race 3, meanwhile, will have the same points format as F1 does in 2021. That is to say, the same F3 Race 1 points as in 2020. The fastest qualifier on Friday will gain four points, and there will continue to be two points for the fastest lap in each of the three races. As ever, to qualify for the bonus two points, the driver must finish in the top ten, too.
So, for Race 1 and Race 2, the points will be 15 points for 1st place, then 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point for tenth.
And for Race 3, it will be 25 points for the winner, then 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and again 1 point for tenth.
Formula 3 2021 Tyre Allocation
Pirelli will supply the Formula 3 teams their tyres again for 2021. There isn’t much to say about the tyre situation as it has barely changed.
But, the FIA made a pretty graphic so let’s not waste that. Each driver will have five sets of dry tyres, and two sets of wets. There previously was four sets of dry tyres per driver, so the additional set will allow them to race the third race without having to worry over preserving life. In short, on a dry weekend, there will be a fresh set of tyres for each session.
F3 CEO, Bruno Michel confirmed that he knew which day F1 raced on:
“Race 3 will take place on Sunday which is the day of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.”
He went on:
“As its starting grid will be determined by the final classification of Qualifying, we decided as in the past to award more points to the Top 10 finishers.
“Having two reverse grids on Saturday will really spice up the championship and I am sure it will increase even further the entertainment on track. On top of that, it will give more drivers the opportunity to display their talent in front of the Formula 1 community.”