F3 gets revised points system, race format

Formula 1 support series FIA Formula 3 has announced a revised points system and reverse-grid race format for the 2020 season.

FIA F3 had inherited its previous format from predecessor GP3, which entailed the top eight finishers from the opening race being reversed to form the grid order for race two, in which only eight drivers then subsequently score points.

Citing the size of its current grid as the reason, the series will now invert the whole point-scoring top 10 from the first race for the second and final race of the weekend.

The reverse-grid race will now award points on a 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points basis to the top 10, as opposed to the previous allocation 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

“Having a grid of thirty drivers means that finishing in the top 10 is already a huge achievement, and we felt that it should be rewarded in both races rather than solely in the first race,” series CEO Bruno Michel said.

“Therefore, from this season onwards, we have decided that, we will reverse the top 10 for Race 2, instead of the Top 8, and that the top 10 drivers of both races will take points. This will give more drivers the opportunity to score and end the year with a better reflection of their accomplishment over the season.”

The 2020 F3 season, which has 27 of its 30 seats officially filled, will begin in Bahrain in March.

Sato secures Trident 2 seat

Marino Sato, Trident

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Meanwhile, fellow support series FIA Formula 2 is down to just one unconfirmed ride for 2020, following an announcement by Trident Racing.

The Italian outfit, which remains the only one yet to fill its line-up, has confirmed European Open champion Marino Sato for one of the seats.

Sato, a former Italian F4 and European F3 regular, won nine races en route to a dominant EF Open title last year.

He also ran a six-race schedule with Campos in F2, posting a best finish of 11th.

“Marino is a very professional racer with great talent,” Trident owner Maurizio Savadori said. “His recent, overwhelming, success in the Euroformula Open shows that Marino knows the art of winning races, a talent that only a few pilots have.

“I am sure that he will keep growing and improving under the Team Trident banner, and conquer the most ambitious goals.”

The remaining Trident seat has been long linked to new Williams F1 test driver Roy Nissany.

F2 2020 line-up so far

TeamDrivers
Carlin

 Yuki Tsunoda

 Jehan Daruvala

ART Grand Prix

 Marcus Armstrong
 Christian Lundgaard

UNI-Virtuosi

 Callum Ilott

 Guan Yu Zhou

DAMS

 Dan Ticktum

 Sean Gelael

Prema Racing

 Mick Schumacher

 Robert Shwartzman

Charouz Racing System

 Louis Deletraz

 Pedro Piquet

MP Motorsport

 Felipe Drugovich
 Nobuharu Matsushita

Campos Racing

 Jack Aitken

 Guilherme Samaia

Trident

Marino Sato

TBA

HWA

 Artem Markelov

 Giuliano Alesi

Hitech GP

 Luca Ghiotto
 Nikita Mazepin

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