FIA Formula 3 Eurasian Championship
|FIA Formula 3 Eurasian Championship|
|Founder(s)||Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)|
|Driver's Champion||Sabrina Mann|
|Team's Champion||Mücke-Precision Formula|
The FIA F3 Eurasian Championship is an open-wheel category of motor racing running to Formula 3 regulations which, in conjunction with Formula 3 Americas, serves as a feeder series to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula One championships. The series was created by the FIA from the assets of the former F3RWRS championship, removing the ability for teams to build their own custom chassis and introducing a single-spec car and engine for all teams to use. Having built a monopoly with their cars in the former F3RWRS championship, Jones Racing provide all teams with their Jones 115 chassis, whilst Holden supply LSF3-18 engines. However, the first generation of F3 cars will be withdrawn from the series at the end of 2019, with a new three-year chassis cycle beginning in 2020.
Due to a more pronounced divide between F1 and F1RWRS, the FIA successfully sued the F1RWRS commission over their much-discussed naming conflict, and the latter series would have to undergo a name change if it was to continue operating. AutoReject International purchased the naming rights to F1RWRS, and the series became the lead competition of the AutoReject ladder under the guise of the AutoReject World Series.
F2RWRS and F3RWRS were now left without a parent series thanks to the departure of the ARWS, and seemed like they would perhaps go out of business. The FIA secured the rights to both series, and rebranded them to the FIA F2 World Championship and FIA F3 Eurasian Championship respectively.
2019 saw some changes, as former Argentine racing driver Sergio Cristiani bought a small stake of the series.
However, 2019 also proved to be the last season of the series. The expirement, while successful at first and very popular, found itself blindsighted by the creation of Formula 4; with only two F3 series (Eurasia and Americas), compared to 5 F4 series, the talent pool was getting oversaturated, a situation that's was going to get worse as time goes on. In the hopes of opening oppurtinities and avoiding an even bigger saturation, the series was split into Europe and Asia, and with that, the F3 Eurasian era drew to an end in a little more than two years.
In deference to the greater relationship with Formula 1, the series' race-day format was changed in order to replicate the conditions drivers would experience further up the ladder. The championship reduced the number of SuperPrix venues to one, whilst the calendar was created to stage European and Asian races in equal measure whilst supporting F1 and F2. The scoring system also changed, now offering the top 10 finishers in the race points akin to the system used in the two parent series, as well as offering two points for pole position.
The number of teams allowed in the series was also condensed in 2018 to nine full-time entries, with the two best-placed teams in the previous season allowed to run three cars. This is set to change in 2019 to twelve two-car teams, with the two best-place teams still allowed to run three cars. In addition, the iconic Pau Grand Prix appeared on the calendar for the first time.
Points system for FIA F3 races
2018-19: Jones 115 and Jones 115/2
- Chassis: Jones 115
- Engine: 1800cc inline-4 manufactured by Holden, 450 bhp
- Gearbox: 6-speed paddle-shift
2020-23: Lola T20/30
- Chassis: Lola T20/30
- Engine: 2500cc V6 manufactured by Hyundai, 470 hp
- Gearbox: 6-speed paddle-shift
List of Champions
|2018||Ricardo Velázquez||Nebula Grand Prix||3||7||134|
|2019||Sabrina Mann||Mücke-Precision Formula||4||11||178|
|2018||Jones Racing Team||7||13||217|