Formula Regional European made its first debut in the racing community back in 2019, when the idea was first came to light back in 2018. The series gives super license points with the first place finisher earning 25. In it’s first running, Frederik Vesti was the first ever series champion, beating fellow teammate Enzo Fittipaldi. A year later, Prema retook the crown once again, but this time with Gianluca Petecof, with his teammate Arthur Leclerc coming second.
COnforms with the Formula 3 regulations
Previously, the weekend was similar to the old Formula 3 layout, where there were three races: two held on the Saturday and the other on a Sunday. There were two qualifying sessions held on the Saturday, with the first determining the race one grid and the latter with the second race. The third race’s grid was determined by the second fastest time the driver set in either of the qualifying sessions. For 2021, they’ve changed the layout, taking Formula Renault’s weekend schedule, running two races. They partake in their first qualifying on the Saturday and later on in the day, compete in their race. The same happens again on the Sunday, meaning the drivers have two qualifying sessions and two races per weekend.
The cars are Tatuus built and design, with the engine suppliers being Alpine, previously Alfa Romeo. This time, they have the addition of a halo and better side pod impact design, plus a six-sequential shifter, allowing them to have six gears to race with.
They follow the Formula 1 layout of points except there are no points for pole position or fastest lap. The points are the same across the entire weekend unlike Formula 2 and 3.
Super License Points
Formula Regional give a high amount of points to Formula Renault Eurocup: the other championship they’re merging with. 40 points are required for a driver to be able to apply for a superlicense, where they can either test in FP1 with a F1 team or later even drive for one.
They are now combined with Formula Renault to provide a new combined series
With Formula Regional being such a new category, not very many have progressed through here, but we had the likes of F3 graduate Frederik Vesti, Dan Ticktum, Lirim Zendeli, Juri Vips and many more. We’ll definitely be seeing more of these previous drivers climbing through the feeder series ladder in the near time future. For the 2021 season, they became one of the many support series for Formula 1, joining Formula 2, Formula 3 and W Series to be mainstream events aside from the main event. They also join other series for their calendar. Together with Formula Renault Eurocup, they’re combining in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, taking their engines. You’ll be able to watch this on the website at f3regional.com, where the races will be broadcasted.
The calendar is:
|Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||24-25 April|
|Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló||8-9 May||F1|
|Monaco, Monte Carlo||22-23 May||F1|
|Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||29-30 May||GT World Endurance|
|Zandvoort||19-20 June||GT World Sprint|
|Nürburgring, Nürburg||7-8 August||ADAC GT Masters|
|Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||11-12 September||International GT Open|
We hope this is enough for you to be able to give an interest to a relatively new series with a lot of big talents coming through into the top feeder series.