regulation changes for 2006
A testing ban, a changed qualifying format, longer races, the admission
of 2002 to 2004 spec cars and a new trophy: these are the significant
regulation changes regarding the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series season.
The regulations of the Formula 3 Euros Series have been changed
comprehensively for the 2006 season. This has been decided by the
Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) and the Fédération
Français du Sport Automobile (FFSA) together with the Formula
3 Euro Series Vermarktungs GmbH. The goal of these changes: to even
increase the Formula 3 Euro Series attractiveness and cost-efficiency
and to make for an even better support of young gifted drivers.
2006 - one Qualifying Session only, Race will be longer
At next years race weekends there will only be one 30-minute
qualifying session. The qualifying will decide the grid for the
first race. This will be run over a minimum of 110 kilometres or
a maximum of 40 minutes. The result of race 1 determines the grid
for the second round, with the top eight starting in reverse order.
The Sunday races distance (80 kilometres and 30 minutes respectively)
meets the 2004 standard race distance. While the proven scoring
system - that is also used in DTM and Formula One - will be used
for the longer race on Saturday, only the top six will score points
in the Sunday round (from six points to one).
new format ensures that the Formula 3 Euro Series will remain one
of the most attractive young gun series world wide. The gifted young
drivers will race at five Formula 1 circuits at least and most of
its round will be held as part of the DTM, representing a top-class
environment. Hence, the Formula 3 Euro Series places emphasis when
it comes to marketing thus offering the young drivers on its grid
a solid base for a further career in formula racing. The successful
TV-coverage on Premiere (D) and Sport+ (F) is to be continued and
3 Euro Series Trophy to be introduced
Next season, 2002 to 2004 spec cars will be eligible to compete
in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Specifically for drivers of these
cars the Formula 3 Euro Series Trophy will be introduced. This Cup
comprises of seven events of the Formula 3 Euro Series. Participants
of the Trophy can also score points for the Formula 3 Euro Series
title. Drivers older than 22 years of age will not be eligible for
the Formula 3 Euro Series Cup.
- Hockenheim and Magny-Cours free
As of 1st November, 2005, a comprehensive testing ban will be in
force at all circuits of the 2006 race calendar. Exceptions: Hockenheim
and Magny-Cours. The testing ban will be valid until the rounds
at the respective venues have been held. A participation in the
Masters at Zandvoort will officially not be regarded as testing.
From 1st December up to the end of the 2006 season, each team will
be allowed ten test days per entered car. In addition, there will
be two official test days held prior to the season at Hockenheim
as well as five official test days to be held on the Thursdays on
the eve of the races held as part of DTM weekends.
Tomczyk (Vice-President of the DMSB): I am convinced that
the substantial changes of the regulations of the Formula 3 Euro
series represent an important step regarding the future of the Formula
3 Euro Series. The new Trophy is of significant importance to me.
We offer our young talents an additional chance to develop their
skills in a professional environment and to distinguish themselves.
I am convinced that the new Cup will make the Formula 3 Euro Series
even more attractive for young drivers. I am certain that the admission
of the 2002 to 2004 spec cars and the comprehensive testing ban
represent steps in the right direction. This was of special concern
Regis (President FFSA): The trophy offers young gifted
drivers the chance of competing in a very professional, media supported
series. Furthermore, it provides new teams with the opportunity
of entering the series. The new sporting regulations will make for
even closer racing, thus increasing the Formula 3 Euro Series
attractiveness. While the limitation of the days of testing is an
important step on our way to clearly reduce the costs.
Mertes (Managing Director Formula 3 Euro Series GmbH): The
regulation changes even increase the Formula 3 Euro Series thrill
and attractiveness. The planned TV coverage extension in Germay,
France and the rest of Europe offers drivers, teams and sponsors
the chance of prersenting themselves to an ever increasing multi-million
audience, helping them to better market their successes.