Top teams face FIA European F3 exit after rules row hurts market
Up to four teams are likely to be absent from this year’s Formula 3 European Championship, including British outfits Fortec Motorsports and Double R Racing.
French squad Signature and Team West-tec may also not take part, as there’s an apparent lack of drivers with the budget and desire to compete in the series.
The 2016 grid should feature between 20 and 25 cars, well below last year’s record of 36.
Fortec boss Richard Dutton said: “We’re talking to drivers but there don’t seem to be any with a budget. I think the FIA have overestimated the market – they seem to think there are a lot more drivers out there than there are.
“We’ve got two cars ready for FIA, but we’re looking at following Carlin and doing two in Euroformula Open [for current Dallara chassis with spec Toyota engines], which you can do for virtually half the money, and we could convert them back [to FIA spec] for Macau.
“It’s really sad we can’t find drivers for FIA and we won’t quit F3 for sure, but we have to do whatever the market demands.”
Double R principal Anthony Hieatt added: “I’ve switched off the Euro F3 programme now – MSA Formula and BRDC F4 is us.
“I’m not interested in doing it on a wing and a prayer and making these billionaire boys look better.”