F3 bosses have announced that HWA Racelab have been axed from the ten-team selection who will contest 2022-24 seasons.
HWA was one of ten teams who formed the inaugural F3 grid as the modern F3 era began in 2019 and have gone on to collect 282.5 points across three seasons in which they fielded eight different drivers, as well as four wins in total through Jake Hughes and Matteo Nannini.
Hughes also graduated up to HWA’s F2 team in three guest appearances of which two came in Sochi, Russia across 2020 & 21 seasons, with the Brit claiming eight points in an impressive Sprint Race performance last month.
FIA F3 CEO, Bruno Michel paid tribute to HWA, in which he said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank HWA RACELAB for their commitment to Formula 3 for the past three seasons, during which they claimed four wins and 10 podiums.”
Hughes posted a tweet reflecting on the “pleasure” of having been part of HWA Racelab’s F3 journey.
— Jake Hughes (@JakeHughesRace) October 11, 2021
HWA though are the only team from the 2021 F3 grid who won’t be returning with Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) confirmed as their replacement, in turn becoming the second Dutch team to participate in F3 from next season alongside MP Motorsport who are one of nine returning teams.
Explaining the decision to welcome VAR to F3, Michel said: “I would like to welcome Van Amersfoort Racing to the list of selected teams. Their success in other categories make them a nice addition to our grid. I am confident that they will adapt quickly to the demands and challenges of our championship.”
VAR founder & Team Principal, Frits van Amersfoort meanwhile is delighted to get the chance to continue mentoring young drivers beyond their current categories, as he pointed to the team’s strong track record after guiding Ollie Bearman to Italian F4 title last weekend.
Speaking on the move into F3, van Amersfoort said: “We have a long track record of supporting young talented drivers on their way up the ladder. Withadding this step, we can now even more accommodate the development of their racing careers.
“This is something we are passionate about, and I am looking very much forward to the team being back on the FIA F3 grid.”
ART GP, Campos, Carlin, Charouz, Hitech GP, Jenzer Motorsport, PREMA Racing and Trident are also set to return for the next three seasons alongside MP Motorsport.
Reflecting on the decision to renew the contracts of those nine teams, Michel acknowledged their commitment beyond not just recent seasons but also throughout the GP3 era, adding: “They have been with us for many years now, and they have proven their value, expertise, and professionalism.”
All ten teams will field three drivers each across the next three seasons as F3 also retains the current 30-driver grids.
Next season will also see F3 change format and return to the twin-weekend format of old alongside F2, albeit with a reduction in races from three to two of which the Sprint Race will remain on Saturdays with Feature Races held on Sundays.