Cost-saving new rules for F3 Euro Series

The organisers of the Formula 3 Euro Series - FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) and DMSB (Deutscher Motorsport Bund e.V.) - have announced comprehensive regulation changes for the 2005 season, the main focus being on cost reductions for the teams.

Cost-saving new rules for F3 Euro Series

According to the organizers, the new regulation package will ease the teams' budgets by some 10 per cent. The major part of this cost reduction will be due to modified test regulations which have been made possible by the ITR, the organisers of DTM.


From the 2005 season, a test at the venue of the respective race will take place on the Thursdays prior to the race weekends. Each of these tests will consist of two 90-minute sessions. Testing in the off-season will be reduced.

Unlimited testing will be allowed until 30th November 2004, but only on circuits not in the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series calendar. The same limitation will be valid concerning all winter and joker tests. From 1st December 2004, an extensive testing ban will be in place. Each team is allowed ten testing days per entered car. In addition, there will be three official test days prior to the season. During the season each team will be allowed two joker test days. There will be no other testing opportunities.


One engine will be allowed per weekend with Thursday counting as part of the race weekend.


All Formula 3 manufacturers may homologate a second gearbox from 2005 onwards. In order to avoid extensive testing and the incurring expenses, every team has to declare on entry which gearbox they will use to contest the season.


Guest-starters will be welcome in the new season of the Formula 3 Euro Series, but cannot score points. Formula 3 Euro Series drivers will still be allowed to race as guest-starters in other series. Condition: There may not be an official round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at that particular circuit.


The engine manufacturers' title will be dropped. A team title will be introduced.

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