F2 and F3 unveil new three-race weekend format for 2021

The Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships have unveiled a new three-race format for 2021 onwards, with each weekend now comprising of two sprint races and one feature race

F2 and F3 unveil new three-race weekend format for 2021

Since its inception as the GP2 Series in 2005, Formula 2 has persisted with the feature-sprint format throughout its life; the feature race has traditionally been run on Saturdays, with the shorter reversed-grid sprint format taking place on Sunday.

With the changes to the F2 and F3 calendars, where the two series will no longer appear on the same bill, this has freed up extra time to add an additional race for each per round.

This order has changed for the new three-race format, and the two sprint races will take place on the Saturday.

The feature race will now be moved to the Sunday as a result.

Practice and qualifying remain unchanged. Practice will continue as a 45-minute session, while qualifying will be kept at 30 minutes and will still decide the grid for Sunday's feature race.

In F2, the two sprint races retain the 120km race length, within a 45-minute run-time, and the feature race also remains 170km in distance within a one-hour timeframe.

The grid for the sprint races will be decided differently, where the previous grids were determined on the feature race finishing order with the top eight drivers reversed.

From 2021, the first sprint race's starting grid will be determined by reversing the top 10 from the qualifying order.

The grid for the second sprint race will be based on the race results from the first, with a reversal of the top 10.

In F3, all three races will be run to 40 minutes and, owing to the larger grid size, the grid reversals for the sprint races differ slightly from F2.

For the third-tier series, the first sprint race grid will comprise of the qualifying order but with the top 12 reversed.

The second race will take the results from the first, and reverse the top 12 once more to determine the grid order.

The points allocations for the feature and sprint races will remain the same, along with bonus points for feature race pole and fastest lap in each.

However, this increases the maximum points haul on offer from each round - rising from 48 to 65.

In F2, each driver will also receive an extra set of harder-compound tyres as a result of the additional race - and in F3, which only uses a single compound, each driver will also receive an additional set.

Boschung reunites with Campos in F2 for 2021

Swiss driver Ralph Boschung has signed for Campos Racing for the 2021 F2 season, becoming the second driver to announce their plans for next year.

Boschung stepped up to F2 in 2017 with Campos, although was replaced by Lando Norris for the final round of the season at Abu Dhabi.

He then joined MP Motorsport for 2018, but once more did not complete the season before signing for Trident for 2019.

Having been unable to pull together the finance for a 2020 drive, Boschung has secured a drive with Adrian Campos' team - which currently employs Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia - after a year out.

"It is a pleasure to have him back at our team," said Campos.

"Campos Racing trusts in his talent and chances to shine. Therefore, we will do our best to meet the expectations."

F3 champion Oscar Piastri was the first driver to announce F2 plans for 2021, signing for Prema in place of Mick Schumacher, who is widely expected to step up to F1 with Haas.

shares
comments
Prema signs Renault F1 junior Piastri for 2021 F2 season

Previous article

Prema signs Renault F1 junior Piastri for 2021 F2 season

Next article

Boschung to replace Williams F1-bound Aitken at Campos for Bahrain F2 finale

Boschung to replace Williams F1-bound Aitken at Campos for Bahrain F2 finale
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F2
Author Jake Boxall-Legge
Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Plus

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come

FIA F2
Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Plus

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

FIA F2
Mar 25, 2021
How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance Plus

How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance

Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021

FIA F2
Jan 9, 2021
The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make Plus

The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make

The Ferrari Driver Academy earned a podium sweep in the first Formula 2 race of the new decade in Austria last weekend. The battle between 'the FDA five' is set to be one of the major subplots of the season, but who has the best F1 prospects for 2021?

FIA F2
Jul 8, 2020
The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong Plus

The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong

Dropped by his team in Japan and by Red Bull, Dan Ticktum's single-seater career seemed to be over last summer. But now he's on the Formula 2 grid with the reigning champion team, and he's a new protege of Williams. How did that happen?

FIA F2
Mar 20, 2020
The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe Plus

The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe

OPINION: In the latest in our series of features looking back the recently concluded 2010s, we recall one of the many sagas of the 2018 Formula 2 season, which featured unusual fines and an unsavoury clash between team-mates

FIA F2
Jan 3, 2020
The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status Plus

The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status

In the latest feature in our series looking back on the 2010s, we revisit Charles Leclerc's sensational Formula 2 season - where he strode among on-track highs and lows, as well as tragedy away from motorsport, to earn a place on the Formula 1 grid

FIA F2
Dec 26, 2019
Why F1 is no longer ignoring its feeder series Plus

Why F1 is no longer ignoring its feeder series

After the MotoGP-style Formula 1 support ladder was fully united for 2019, Bruno Michel and Ross Brawn share their views on the current state of Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 and explain why investment at junior levels should boost the top tier

FIA F2
Dec 13, 2019