The 2023 Formula 3 season is set to be significant with new regulations and tracks, plus the typical arrival of new faces on the grid.
The upcoming F3 campaign is already shaping up to be the biggest one yet as new tracks expand the schedule. With new drivers joining the lineup, here are five reasons to be excited about the upcoming campaign.
1. New Tracks
For the first time since 2005, the Formula 3 cars will be racing on the infamous streets of Monaco. There was skepticism when it was first announced due to the tight nature of the circuit. However, as seen in other Formula series, i.e. Formula Regional European Championship, it can be done but not without drama. Formula 3 will also add Melbourne in 2023.
2. New Regulations
In September 2022, the FIA announced that all Formula 2 and 3 cars will run on 55% sustainable fuel from the 2023 season onwards. The announcement comes as the sport plans to become more eco-friendly and aims to use 100% sustainable fuel by 2026. Drivers will get a taste of the new fuel next month during the pre-season test in Bahrain.
3. Rookie of the Year
Despite there still being 12 seats left to be confirmed, the 2023 grid is shaping up to be one of the most competitive so far. With nearly all the grid being made up of rookies, it sets up an exciting Rookie of the Year race with impressive debuts like Nikola Tsolov, Oliver Goethe, and Dino Beganovic in the battle.
🚨 DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
Beganovic moves up to FIA Formula 3 with PREMA Racing
— PREMA (@PREMA_Team) October 26, 2022
4. PREMA’s looking to retain their title
PREMA is the most successful team in the feeder series. After winning three out of the four Team Championships since the inaugural Formula 3 season, PREMA is looking for a fourth as well as in a second consecutive season. With a strong 2023 team with 2022 FREC Champion Beganovic, 2022 third place Paul Aron, and 2022 driver Zak O’Sullivan, they will be early favorites.
5. Preparing for an epic title fight
As evidenced in the last few seasons of Formula 3, the championship fights can go down to the wire with only a few points separating the champion and vice-champion. With already a strong lineup, expect this year to be no different.
With just one month to go till the pre-season test in Bahrain and 12 seats remaining, what are you most looking forward to in 2023?