Formula GP2 to replace F3000

Formula 3000, the main feeder category into Formula 1, will be replaced by a new series called Formula GP2 from 2005. The new category will feature Dallara chassis and Renault engines

Formula GP2 to replace F3000

The Formula GP2 Series will feature a completely new chassis and engine package, which organisers have described as "more sophisticated" than the current F3000 Lola-Zytek package. Renault will design and build engines producing 600bhp for the series, while Italian constructor Dallara will produce the chassis.

The series will take F3000's support slot at F1 events. In a release, organisers of the new series said: "Bernie Ecclestone has been very helpful in this new formula and said that this will be a very good way for drivers, engineers and mechanics into F1."

The decision to re-brand the F3000 championship has been expected for some time. The series has recently struggled to attract a full grid, and has suffered in the face of competition from the Dallara Nissan World Series and the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup.

F3000 was introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the existing Formula 2 championship. In 1996, the series was converted into a one-make formula, featuring Lola chassis and Zytek-built engines. Past F3000 champions who have gone on to win races in F1 include Juan Pablo Montoya, Jean Alesi and Olivier Panis.

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