Ex-British Formula 3 teams eye return

T-Sport and JTR are both open to a return to British Formula 3 next year

Ex-British Formula 3 teams eye return

T-Sport ended an 11-year run in British F3 by switching to the F3 European Championship this season, while top Formula Ford squad JTR competed in F3 in 2008-09 with current team boss Nick Tandy driving.

While T-Sport's main priority this season has been its European programme with its current ThreeBond/Nissan-powered Dallaras, it has retained an older 2008-11-spec car to test young drivers.

Under British F3's new format for 2014, this older chassis would be eligible to compete on equal terms with the newer cars and could even be powered by the current ThreeBond powerplant, which will not be eligible for European F3's new engine formula next season.

Team boss Russell Eacott told AUTOSPORT: "We're looking at it. We'd like to continue in Europe, but if we can do Britain as well then we'd be interested in it.

"We could probably get two cars out there with something strapped in the back of them. If there are drivers who want to Britain with a real budget, then great, we'd do it."

JTR no longer has its 2008-11-spec Mygale, which is now competing in Australian F3, but Tandy is eyeing the series' new format.

"F3 is something we'd like to do," said the Porsche factory driver. "The biggest thing is the cost of competing, and that's something passed directly to the drivers.

"But if the series is more attractive to drivers and sponsors, then for sure that's going to be a good thing.

"British F3 can't now be the high-level sub-F1 series it once was, but it's good that we can keep a high-profile championship like that in this country. The new format is a good move - something had to change.

"We love F3 because it allows some engineering differences and we had a very good time before. British F3 is now a realistic stepping stone for people from Formula Ford, and FIA Formula 4 if that goes ahead.

"If you can offer a progression to drivers within Britain, then they will be able to see a development path in their careers."

Read more about how British F3's recovery gathers pace in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine.

shares
comments
Brands British F3: Buller and Latifi's penalties rescinded

Previous article

Brands British F3: Buller and Latifi's penalties rescinded

Next article

Kimi Raikkonen tests GP3 car

Kimi Raikkonen tests GP3 car
Load comments
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
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020