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F2 and F3 have confirmed the details of the new weekend formats they will run, supporting the 2021 F1 season. The junior series’ weekend will still include a single qualifying session, determining reverse and traditional grids.

Both F2 and F3 are moving to an eight-event race calendar next year, supporting different Grand Prix weekends. Splitting the series affords them more potential track time, allowing events to include three races rather than the previous format’s two.

Both series’ Friday sessions will continue as before, running a 45 minute free practice session and a 30 minute qualifying session. The qualifying order will then be used to determine a reverse-grid start for the first race on Saturday and use the order as qualified for the race on Sunday. A second race on Saturday will use the first race that day’s finishing order to determine a reverse grid.

Friday

F2 & F3: 45 minutes of free practice and a 30 minute, single-session qualifying.

Drivers who score pole in either series will be awarded four points.

Saturday

F3: Race One will use a starting order determined by taking the qualifying result and reversing the top 12 drivers’ positions.

Race Two will use a starting order determined by taking the finishing order of Race One and reversing the top 12 drivers’ positions.

Both races will be 40 minutes long. There will be fewer points available in each of the two Saturday races than in Sunday’s race, as they use reverse rather than conventional grids. The top ten finishers in each race will be awarded, from first to tenth, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points.

F2: Race One will use a starting order determined by taking the qualifying result and reversing the top 10 drivers’ positions.

Race Two will use a starting order determined by taking the finishing order of Race One and reversing the top 10 drivers’ positions.

Both races will be a sprint format lasting 45 minutes or 120 kilometres, whichever is met first. Points will be awarded as for the sprint race in F2’s old format, with the top eight scoring 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 points, from first to eighth in each race. Two points will be awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap in each race, provided that they finish in the top ten.

Sunday

F3: Race Three will use a starting order determined by the fastest laps set in Friday’s qualifying.

The race will, again, be 40 minutes long. More points will be awarded in the Sunday race than either Saturday race, as the starting order was determined by qualification. The points will follow F1’s format, with 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 points being awarded to the top 10 finishers. Two points will be awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap in each race, provided that they finish in the top ten.

F2: Race Three will use a starting order determined by the fastest laps set in Friday’s qualifying.

The third race will be a feature format, over one hour or 170 kilometres, whichever condition is met first.

Points will be awarded as per the existing feature race format, following F1’s points sysem with the top 10 finishers scoring 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, from first to tenth. The driver who sets the fastest lap will be awarded 2 points, provided they finish within the top ten.

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