F2 and F3 will not replace Imola round

Italian race called off due to adverse weather conditions.

The Formula Two and Formula Three seasons will run one round short following the cancellation of the races in Imola.

Confirmed:

  • Formula Two will run to 13 rounds, Formula Three to nine
  • There had been hopes that neither calendar would be reduced

Context: While Formula Three drivers will benefit from the announcement of the return to the Macau Grand Prix, fewer races is never a good development for drivers trying to prove their worth to Formula One teams. Formula Two also has the significant issue of a 12-week gap between its final two rounds, something that could have been rectified through a replacement round.

Comment: Bruno Michel, chief executive of Formula Two and Formula Three, said: “First, I am very sorry that we could not race to Imola this year, but obviously this was the right decision, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

“Since then, we have looked at several options, but ultimately, we have decided that we will not add a new venue to this year’s calendars. With a total of thirteen F2 rounds and nine F3 events, I believe we still have enough races to deliver two amazing and competitive seasons.”

Coming next: It will be interesting to see how this affects budgets for drivers, with the majority required to raise funds through sponsorship due to the obscene cost of racing in junior motorsport. Sponsors will expect a certain level of visibility, something that has just been reduced by one round.

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