Along with Formula 1, lower form Formula 2 and Formula 3 have also finished successfully this 2020 season. To reduce the cost of organizing these two races in the coming years, the organization of the F2 and F3 races from 2021 will be significantly changed. Besides, another racing format will also be supported by F1 from next year.
F2 season in 2020 has officially ended after the Sakhir GP race took place over the weekend. Mick Schumacher won the championship title this year after a choking race against his direct competitor with Ferrari youth academy, Callum Ilott.
Mick ended the season after 12 races (24 races), taking 2 wins and another 8 podia, earning 215 points. So the Prema Racing team has won all four titles of both F2 and F3 prizes – 2 team titles, the F3 individual title for Oscar Piastri (Australia), and the F2 title for Mick.
Prema Racing acquired all 4 titles in the F2 and F3 tournaments in 2020
By 2021, the F2 and F3 prizes, belonging to the “Road to F1” system, agreed on a change plan to better control the organizational budget. Specifically, the cost of renting engines and parts will be significantly reduced, along with costs related to logistics and transportation.
The organizers decided to keep the car design for the next 3 years with F2, starting from 2021. The 2019 F3 car design is likely to be maintained for the next 4 seasons.
Another factor that directly affects the cost is the number of races per season. So the organizer thinks that the most effective way to reduce spending is to reduce the venue but keep the total number of races intact. Currently, two races will take place at each F2 and F3 venue, but from 2021 this number will increase to three.
F2 season will include 8 races (Grand Prix – GP), so there will be a total of 24 races. That means racing teams can save up to 1/3 on logistics costs. With the F3, the GP number will be 7, equivalent to 21 races, more than in 2020.
To achieve that, F2 and F3 will not be able to hold the same race weekend with F1, as it is impossible to arrange up to 6 races in an already very busy schedule. Therefore, F2 and F3 will take turns participating in F1 races.
At F2 2021, the season will begin at the end of the 2020 season, the Bahrain international race on the weekend of March 26-28. The tournament will take a break for nearly 2 months before the start of the tour in Europe in Monaco on May 20-22.