Bratches Views New F3 Series A Programme To Develop F1’s Next ‘Rock Stars’

by Aaron Gillard

Formula 1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations, Sean Bratches says he sees the newly formed FIA Formula 3 Championship as a platform where the sport can develop the next generation of drivers and talent to turn them into the next ‘rock stars’ of F1.

The new F3 series revealed their new car that will be used for the inaugural season starting in 2019 and will run until the end of 2021.

The intention of the new car is to find the gap between performance and cost effectiveness whenever possible. The new car has been under a shakedown test in Magny-Corse and a performance test in Jerez. The car will undergo further tests in December before the teams will get their hands on the new car mid-January.

The new car designed by Dallara, will feature a 3.4 Mecachrome six cylinder engine that can deliver 380BHP at 8000rpm, as well as featuring a six-speed sequential gearbox, DRS and a F1 style virtual safety car system.

Sean Bratches - F1 - FIA F3 - Launch

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Bratches was joined by FIA Race director Charlie Whiting alongside CEO of F2 and the new F3 Series Bruno Michel to unveil the new F3 car in the Abu Dhabi F1 paddock.

In an exclusive interview with The Checkered Flag at the Yas Marina Circuit, Bratches gave his views on the new F3 car, saying that the new design by Dallara looks fast and aggressive.

“From a visual stand point it is attractive, certainly in the black livery. It looks fast, it looks aggressive,” said Bratches.

“Bruno Michel who is the leader of the particular organisation along with the FIA, there intention are to have a competitive series on circuit is complete with overtaking, tight racing and exciting racing.”

The new F3 platform will help feed a ladder system into F2 that will eventually lead into Formula 1, a similar system to how MotoGP has with their support series of Moto2 and Moto3. Marc Marques is an example of one of the latest talents in Motorcycle racing to have won in every series and develop into one of legendary figures in Motorsport.

When asked if developing a feeder ladder from F3 to F1 is important for the sport to find the newest batch of talent in Motorsport, Bratches said “I think its’ critical.

 “If you look at any other sport in the world they have feeder leagues that develop talent as they go through the system and we’re very focused to ensuring that F3 and F2 are the unequivocal, pinnacle of feeder programmes for Formula 1.

“We also think there’s an unique opportunity for us to develop talent and develop brands, elevate those brands and make them known through our channels. So when they get and arrive into F1, they’re already rock stars and fans around the world are waiting for these personalities, waiting for certain talents that they come up through F3, F2 to get to F1 and race in that series.” 

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