Top teams face FIA Euro­pean F3 exit af­ter rules row hurts mar­ket

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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.”

Fortec is one team that is fac­ing Euro­pean F3 exit this year

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