Quality and quantity oozed from the FIA's revived Formula 3 European Championship in 2013. A tense championship fight between Raffaele Marciello and Felix Rosenqvist kept that side of things simmering nicely, and there was even some good racing - something that's never guaranteed in F3!
Referring to the quality, one veteran engineer was even moved to describe it as the best field he's seen since British F3 2001, when Sato, Davidson, Courtney, Lotterer, Priaulx, Bruni, Kiesa, Dalziel, Gurney, Kerr, Doornbos (and BTCC folk hero Rob Austin!) featured on their way to F1 or lengthy careers.
That's why, looking back at the season just gone, it is as hard a selection job as this writer has ever had to choose the top 10 drivers - and move them into the right slots. In any usual year, an extra five or so would have done enough to justify inclusion. Look back at this lot in five years' time, and it'll be interesting to see what they've gone on to achieve...
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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.