The introduction of new chassis from constructors Dallara and Mygale ushers in a new era of F3 this season, and the departure of several series veterans has made room for the emergence of some fresh talent in this year's British championship.
Gone are the third and fourth year drivers that could rely on a wealth of experience to overcome younger, and perhaps quicker, rookies. Even race-winning second year drivers are in short supply this year with just six career F3 victories between the 25 drivers so far registered - and only two of those in Britain.
The 2008-specification chassis further level the playing field by bringing a whole new set of tricks and secrets that reduce the advantage held by the returnees. A year's experience in the championship is still a great asset but the blank page gives every driver the chance to get the best out of the new machinery first.