Formula Three racing faces difficult times at the moment as the cost of raising a budget to compete grows ever higher and they faced increasing competition from rival championships such as GP3.
The F3 Euroseries, which supports the DTM, has particularly felt the pinch and seen some very small grids.
British F3 has raised its profile by reaching beyond the UK and visiting F1 circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza which make it more attractive to upcoming drivers.
The FIA has shown its desire to support F3 and revived the FIA European F3 title this year largely piggy-backing F3 Euroseries races.
Now British F3 promoter Stephane Ratel has suggested merging the British championship with the FIA’s European F3 championship.
It’s an interesting situation as the Euroseries arguably has some of the better driving talent but the British championship visits more F1 tracks and is perhaps better suited to becoming the FIA’s top series. It also has a rich history including champions such as Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.
Still I can’t help but wonder if the FIA really wants to get behind F3 it should get more races taking place on Grand Prix weekends. That, of course, would bring it into even more direct competition with GP3.
At which point you have to ask the inevitable questions: why have both, and are there just too many junior series at this level?