Formula Two and Formula Three are set for format tweaks ahead of 2022 season featuring the return to two races per round.
This season has seen both series adopt a new three races per round format on separate race weekends, with the aim of enabling teams competing across both categories to save costs to mixed success in terms of driver and fan enjoyment.
F2 and F3 CEO, Bruno Michel explained that the current format was “quite efficient” in terms of financial costs and sporting quality, yet feedback highlighted the massive issue of scheduling gaps between each round.
One notable example was the near two-month gap between F2’s British and Italian rounds and likewise between Russia and Saudi Arabia after this weekend, which teams, drivers and fans felt wasn’t ideal for building momentum or gaining new fans.
Michel went on to explain that he, F2 and F3 teams plus FIA have given “careful consideration” and have decided to make changes for next season, in order to meet a strong fresh will by various stakeholders to hold both series together alongside F1 on same weekends again like under the old format.
Acknowledging that this development presents “great news” for motorsport fans , Michel iterated that the current format will partially remain with Practice and Qualifying remaining on Fridays, whilst the Feature Race will remain on Sundays in order to make Sundays the central focus where big points are awarded.
Saturdays however will see both series drop down to just one reverse-race with the top ten in F2 after Qualifying being reversed, and likewise in F3 for the top 12.
F1 President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali added that he is “grateful” to Michel and all teams across both series for their efforts in securing these changes, in order to ensure “maximum entertainment during a race weekend” for fans both trackside and at home by having all three series racing together again.
FIA Single-Seater Sporting Director, Michael Masi meanwhile noted that this move will be “beneficial” for all three categories as well as fans, although he has vowed to ensure that lessons learned from this season will be filtered down through lower junior categories.