Discussions held to create W-Series/FIA F3 driver pathway

FIA Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel said he has spoken to W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir about ways to get drivers from the series involved in F3.

Discussions held to create W-Series/FIA F3 driver pathway

Michel said he has “had some discussions with Catherine to see how we can try to work together in the future”, adding that there are some “very interesting drivers in W Series.”

Michel, who also manages FIA Formula 2, suggested the option of the W Series champion being given testing time in an F3 car.

The F1 feeder series boss and Bond Muir had a meeting when both championships were on the Formula 1 support package in Austria earlier this season.

Michel said: “I took the advantage of being with them in Austria, because we were really next door, and in Silverstone it was different because they were in the fan zone and we were in the paddock, to have some discussions with Catherine, the CEO of W Series, and to see how we can try to work together in the future. Because there are some very interesting drivers in W Series.

Alice Powell and Nerea Marti

Alice Powell and Nerea Marti

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

“The thing is that the scale of age in W Series is much wider than it is for us in Formula 3, because that have drivers that go from 19 to 30, more or less, and Formula 3 is from 16 to 22, the average is 19 or 20 I would say.

“So the idea that we discussed is to use W Series drivers to try to get them into Formula 1, of course they have to come into the pyramid, and everybody is completely aware of that and everybody understands that.

“So we are discussing the best way to do that, maybe to help get in some testing in Formula 3 for the winner, so there are discussions in the air, because it’s very important that they are coming into the pyramid and not just racing by themselves, and Catherine is completely in agreement with that, so that’s something that we are discussing, absolutely.”

Read Also:

Sophia Floersch became the first woman to race in FIA F3 last year, driving for Campos Racing and finishing 29th out of 35 drivers.

shares
comments

Related video

Macau F3 and GT World Cup races cancelled again
Previous article

Macau F3 and GT World Cup races cancelled again

Next article

Charouz makes double driver change for Belgium F3 round

Charouz makes double driver change for Belgium F3 round
Load comments
Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021

With a veritable feast of feeder series talent in 2021, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 produced some of its most exciting racing yet. Although Prema Racing drivers once again dominated the respective series, drivers from other teams also stole the limelight to mark themselves out as stars of the future, or validate their highly-regarded standing

FIA F2
Dec 22, 2021
How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021 Plus

How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021

Taking three of the four titles and producing two outstanding champions in the process, Prema Racing remained the team to beat in Formula 1's feeder series in 2021. Team boss Rene Rosin reveals the traits that helped Dennis Hauger and Oscar Piastri to come out on top in Formula 3 and Formula 2

FIA F2
Dec 20, 2021
From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back Plus

From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back

After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it

FIA F3
Oct 6, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021