F3 brings French round forward after Turkey cancellation
FIA Formula 3 has brought its next round forward to remain racing in France after the cancellation of the Turkish Grand Prix caused the calendar to be reshuffled.
F3's next race had originally been planned to take place at the French Grand Prix from June 25-27, but the event was brought forward by a week after Covid-19 travel regulations forced the Turkish Grand Prix organisers to cancel the Istanbul Park race weekend.
Turkey's cancellation led to the introduction of a double-header race in Austria the following two weekends (25-27 June and 2-4 July).
It means the next F3 round will now take place from 18-20 June, followed by the third round at Spielberg’s Austrian Grand Prix from 2-4 July.
W Series has instead opted to keep its opening round on the same dates (25-27 June) and move to the Red Bull Ring in support of Formula 1.
The two series had been set to share the weekend in support of the main event, as they will do several more times throughout the season.
This season will see a seven-round F3 season, comprising of three races per weekend, meaning it will expand to a 21-race calendar rather than the 18 races seen in previous years.
Ahead of the second race weekend, Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger leads the drivers’ championship, with team-mate Olli Caldwell in second and Trident’s Clement Novalak in third.
Reigning champions Prema also lead the teams' championship, with Trident in second and MP Motorsport in third.
The revised 2021 F3 race calendar:
|19 June||Le Castellet, France|
|3 July||Spielberg, Austria (Austrian Grand Prix support)|
|31 July||Budapest, Hungary|
|28 August||Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium|
|4 September||Zandvoort, Netherlands|
|23 October||Austin, USA|
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