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F3 Euro Series Implements Cost Saving Measures

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:19 am F3 Euro Series

The Formula 3 Euro Series is looking to implement a few cost-saving measures for the 2011 season and beyond.  Here is a quick look at what they have planned for next year.

Per their website:

  • Three races per event are planned for the future.
  • The new calendar of the Formula 3 Euro Series with ten race weekends will be published after the Formula 1 and DTM calendars for 2011 have been announced.
  • The majority of the ten race weekends that are planned will take place at DTM events. Moreover, races at other Formula 1 test and race tracks like Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and/or Le Castellet are planned.
  • Similarly to 2010, there will be 16 days of official testing: 2×2 days prior to the season, 1×2 days halfway through the season and 10×1 test day close to the race events. Additionally, the amount of private test days per driver will be extended to six. All in all, this equals 22 opportunities of Formula 3 Euro Series testing.
  • For the 2011 season, series’ partner KUMHO will develop a new control tyre in order to guarantee equal chances for potential new entrants.
  • The successful TV marketing will be developed further in order to generate even more extensive coverage in free-to-air television in the target markets (home countries of the drivers and the teams).
  • The most successful drivers get contact opportunities to Formula 1 teams like Red Bull Racing and Mercedes GP. A concrete programme is currently being developed and will include, among others, a Formula 1 simulator test.
  • The best-placed Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz driver will receive a DTM test drive with Audi and Mercedes-Benz respectively.
  • The Formula 3 Euro Series champion will be invited by Renault Sport to participate in a Formula Renault 3.5 test free of charge.
  • A system with prize money will be used as before.
  • Further measures to cut costs are being worked on.

To optimize cost-efficiency, the following decisions were made:

  • Engines and exhaust systems remain at their current level. Any further development is prohibited.
  • The number of team personnel will be reduced to four people per car.
  • There will be no limit anymore for the number of cars entered per team.

One Comment

  1. Kevin on August 25, 2010 12:17 pm

    It certainly will be interesting to see what teams bite at this. With British F3 and the EuroSeries not coming together (as they were apparently considering) it will be interesting to see what shakes out next season. The details as you have it here are quite enticing though I should think…

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