After a muchlamented year’s absence British Formula 3 returns this weekend. Well, sort of.
The BRDC Formula 4 Championship is categorically not British F3, but it is as close as this country will get within the foreseeable future. The credentials of the class with its more powerful car have even been noticed by the FIA, despite only eight races being run so far during last year’s Autumn Trophy.
The championship looks to have all of the ingredients needed to fill the void left behind by the loss of one of Britain’s longest-running single-seater categories.
The new Tatuus-cosworth F4-016 has proven quick, way clear of the lap times of MSA Formula and only just shy of those of modern F3s, and the calendar stacks up too, with two active grand prix circuits incorporated. It’s even slotted nicely into the gap left by British F3 on SRO’S British GT package (barring this weekend’s standalone opening round at Snetterton). Here are five essential things you should know about the revamped championship.