The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship might be re-branded because the GB3 Championship from the following spherical at Snetterton 300, the sequence has introduced.
The Championship re-branded from BRDC Formula 4 in 2016, however will endure one other identification change mid-season following regulation modifications from the FIA.
“Changing to the new GB3 name is purely a consequence of the FIA’s decision to limit the use of the F3 title exclusively for the international FIA F3 series,” learn a press release from the Championship.
“As a result… national governing bodies are not able to grant permits for national-level single-seater championships using the F3 brand.”
Series organiser MotorSport Vision (MSV) is claimed to be “very disappointed that it has been forced into the change, having done everything possible to preserve the historically-significant British F3 title, ensuring that drivers could continue to follow in the wheel tracks of the series’ biggest names, including Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen.”
The sequence’ assertion provides, “GB3 will proceed to be the UK’s main single-seater championship, carrying drivers from junior formulae in direction of a full-time profession in skilled motorsport.
“Under previous guises, the series has helped produce two of F1‘s most exciting current talents in George Russell (as BRDC F4) and Lando Norris (as BRDC British F3), and it will continue to offer a superb platform for drivers to emulate them.”
F3 Cup, a lower-level sequence for older-spec F3 automobiles, isn’t anticipated to be affected by these modifications.
“The series will continue to be focussed on offering prospective F1 drivers an outstanding platform to develop and prove their ability and potential,” the assertion continued.
The change in identification isn’t believed to deliver any technical modifications concerning the Championship’s use of the Tatuus BF3-020, the assertion including that the sequence will “run to the same technical regulations, with affordability and equality firmly at the heart of the Championship’s philosophy.”
MSV Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, stated “I’m extraordinarily saddened by the truth that we’re now not permitted to make use of the British F3 title.
“Having existed for over half a century, the British F3 title has huge heritage and the Championship has performed an essential function within the careers of many F1 drivers.
“The strength of our Championship is however built upon much more than just a name and that will be reflected in its ongoing success.”
Palmer added, “I’m very enthusiastic about the way forward for a sequence which has firmly established itself because the nation’s main single-seater championship.
“GB3 gives a robust, contemporary and concise identification and we’ll proceed to ship a package deal which is enormously enticing to each groups and drivers.
“GB3 will play a vital role in the careers of many young drivers, and MSV remains firmly committed to providing the fairest and best-value championship at this level anywhere in the world.”
The ultimate spherical held below the British F3 title was at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with Christian Mansell, Roman Bilinski and Roberto Faria successful over the course of the weekend, Bilinski and Faria taking their first wins within the sequence.
The GB3 Championship period will start at Snetterton 300 this weekend (7/8 August), with Zak O’Sullivan main for Carlin on the midway stage of the season.