An article on an Italian website appears to suggest that the International Formula Master series could be re-named GP3 in 2009 and support Formula 1 at five rounds.
The site allows you to roughly translate the article from Italian into English (see the button at the top of the page) because if anyone out there who can speak italian can help me understand the original I’d be very grateful.
It would be a surprise to see another series join the F1 roster as European Formula BMW joined the F1 calendar for the first time this year, with races at most European rounds.
F1 also has GP2 at the European race and GP2 Asia at some other rounds, plus the Porsche Supercup at most rounds of the series.
If this rumour turns out to be true, and one series has to be dropped to make way for GP3, then I’d have no complaints about losing the Porsches.
Formula Master is a relatively new series itself, which started last year as a support series to the World Touring Car Championship. How this later rumour might fit in with Max Mosley’s stated aim of reviving Formula 2 at improbably low costs remains to be seen. However it is interesting to note that the trademark for the GP3 logo is owned by Formula One Promotions and Administration – a company owned by Bernie Ecclestone.
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