FIA F3 Light con­cept to be based on BRDC F3

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A vari­a­tion of the cur­rent BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 car could be used to form the ba­sis of the FIA’S new F3 Light cat­e­gory, which it wants to bring in to bridge the gap be­tween do­mes­tic F4 and Euro­pean F3.

BRDC Bri­tish F3 runs a mod­i­fied ver­sion of a Tatuus FIA F4 chas­sis fit­ted with a two-litre 230bhp Cos­worthFord en­gine. The FIA wants to re­ju­ve­nate re­gional F3 classes, and is work­ing with chas­sis con­struc­tors Tatuus, My­gale and Dome to de­velop a con­cept for the pro­posed new class.

Cur­rent Bri­tish F3 teams have spo­ken of their con­fu­sion at the con­cept of F3 Light. Car­lin boss Trevor Car­lin said: “To be hon­est I get thor­oughly con­fused by the FIA’S stance on this. We had some­thing called F3 Lite, it was called Bri­tish F3, and they killed it with var­i­ous rule changes and squab­bling.

“The FIA never talk to the teams or ask opinions and that’s why we’re in this sit­u­a­tion and this state af­ter they closed the door for Bri­tish F3 be­fore. The FIA should write the rules and leave the coun­tries to it.

“Now they re­alise they’ve made a mis­take and we have a very good prod­uct, which is now called F3, but they’re not F3 cars.”

HHC’S Char­lie Kemp added: “We need a clear F3 struc­ture in this country with a clear step to Europe. We don’t need more Euro­pean se­ries. This BRDC F3 pack­age works.”

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