The merger that levels the junior single-seater playing field
The hideous chain of decisions that led to Formula Renault competing with Formula Regional for two years has been reversed. Now one massive grid of future stars is getting ready for F1 support action
It’s an outbreak of common sense. One team boss declares that “it’s more or less like the old Formula Opel Euroseries”. Another team manager enthuses that “it’s finally sorted that old crap out about the F1 superlicence points. It’s taken away a lot of confusion, given clarity and simplified it.” And a member of the combined series top brass says “there was a common will – it was obvious”.
This weekend, at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, there will be no FIA Formula 2 or F3. Instead, there will be the inaugural event for the newly merged, FIA-endorsed Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine. No fewer than 32 cars (at the time of writing) are expected on the grid. That’s a massive step forward from 2019-20, where the historic Formula Renault Eurocup and the ‘upstart’ Formula Regional European Championship sat uncomfortably alongside each other, using the same Tatuus Regional F3 chassis and diluting the marketplace.