The British Formula 3 International Series is set to kick off its truncated 2013 calendar at Silverstone on May 25/26, and indications are that the decision by promoter SRO and teams group FOTA to change the format could bear fruit.
AUTOSPORT spoke to all the teams competing in the Formula 3 European Championship, and there appears to be interest in competing in British F3 even from some of those that have traditionally had little to do with the UK series.
Between them, those outfits possess all 33 of the current-generation FIA-rules F3 cars in Europe, and as such are the only ones who can compete for the main title. But there is also substantial interest in the National Class (see below), which could return to numbers not seen for a decade.
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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.