Organisers of Formula 2 and Formula 3 have finalised their respective schedules for 2019 with an unchanged line-up in F2 plus a notable exclusion from the new Formula 3 series.
The Formula 2 Series will race a twelve-round calendar from March to December with all events supporting Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends while the new Formula 3 Championship – which is a merge of the GP3 Series and Formula 3 European Championship – will only run in eight of the twelve weekends.
The third season of the FIA F2 Championship is a good balance between European and fly-away events as the series opens with two rounds overseas in Bahrain and Baku.
The paddock then enters Europe with Formula 3 opening their 2019 campaign stopping first at Barcelona on May 10-12. Formula 2 will exclusively support the Monaco Grand Prix before June where two back-to-back events will run in France and Austria.
Two more rounds with see out a three-week summer break before another back-to-back fixture in Belgium and Italy.
Two final fly-away weekends will farewell the series with Formula 3 running their season-ending round for the year in Russia before Formula 2 have their respective finale under the floodlights of Abu Dhabi.
“I am very pleased to confirm that once again all twelve rounds of the 2019 FIA F2 calendar will take place alongside Formula One weekends,” expressed FIA F2 CEO Bruno Michel.
“We could have raced on more circuits willing to have F2, but for obvious cost reasons, we have decided to limit the number of rounds to twelve.
“The fact that all rounds take place during a Formula One Grand Prix weekend is a wonderful opportunity for our drivers to race in front of the F1 teams, but also to learn the F1 tracks, to learn how to work quickly and efficiently with limited track time, and to prove their worth overall.
“The path towards Formula 1 has never been clearer now that Formula 2 and Formula 3 are part of the F1 weekend entertainment.”
The notable omission from the F3 calendar is the Macau Grand Prix, which has been a principal event of Formula 3 competition since 1983.
Numerous problems involving F3’s new promoters have seen Macau miss out featuring on the official calendar though it is anticipated to be a non-championship event next November.
Below is the full calendar for next year’s Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships:
|21-23 Jun||France||Le Castellet||F2/F3|
|12-14 Jul||Great Britain||Silverstone||F2/F3|
|30 Aug-1 Sept||Belgium||Spa||F2/F3|
|29 Nov–01 Dec||Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina||F2|
Images via FIA Formula 2 Championship & Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile