The FIA has created a new competition for Formula Three competitors. Called the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy, it will start in 2011 and be made up of six events, including the prestigious Pau and Macau street races.
According to the FIA, the International Trophy has been created “to further increase the appeal of Formula 3 and to help develop the careers of young aspirant racing drivers and engineers”. Drivers who are registered for a full-season in a national F3 series will be eligible for the trophy, which will use the same points system as Formula 1, with 25 points for a win.
The top three drivers in the final classification will qualify for an F1 superlicence, just like the FIA Formula Two Championship.
As part of the six-round championship, the Pau Grand Prix will be revived, which was last run for F3 cars in 2006. Also on the schedule is the British F3 race at Spa, a race at Hockenheim with a currently-unspecified date, the Zandvoort Masters event, as well as the Macau Grand Prix and its new partner event at the Korean Grand Prix venue at Yeongam.
2011 FIA International Formula 3 Trophy calendar:
Date TBA – Hockenheim, Germany
May 22 – Pau, France
July 31 – Spa, Belgium
August 14 – Zandvoort, Holland
November 20 – Macau
November 27 – Yeongam, Korea