The Formula 3 Euro Series is dead after its 10-year run; the British Formula 3 International Series is emasculated after 34 years as one of motorsport's best talent generators. But here's the good news: the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, which was put into deep-freeze at the end of 1984 and revived last year, kicks off this weekend at Monza with a 30-car field brimming with quality.
Well, that's assuming the weather clears, because at the time of writing the F3 teams and drivers were kicking their heels at the Lombardy temple of speed, snow having caused the cancellation of the first of two days of testing. Luckily it looks like getting a bit warmer before the end of the week - not much warmer, mind you.
Based on last year's form, the natural picks for main title contenders are Raffaele Marciello and Felix Rosenqvist, with both likely looking nervously over their shoulders towards Alex Lynn and Will Buller. But it's going to be unpredictable, so let's have a look at all the runners and riders...
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Marcus Simmons is the deputy editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton, before becoming an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. Shortly afterwards, he started reporting for Motoring News and joined the staff in 1990.
After abandoning a parallel Formula First career – which had been as incident-packed as his childhood equestrian exploits – he moved to Autosport in 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelance and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before rejoining Autosport in 2008. He lives in Twickenham with his partner, two daughters, cat and guitars.