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For the upcoming season, the FIA Formula 3 Championship will feature a revised points system and race format for the second race of the weekend.
The support series to Formula One initially replicated the format used in the GP3 Series, which gave points to the top ten finishers in the first race, whilst only the top eight would be awarded points for the second race.
As part of the revised format, the points for the second race will extend to the top ten drivers, with the points being awarded on a 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, as opposed to the allocation previously used; 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.
As well as the point system, change has also been effected in the reverse-grid format for the second race. Until the 2020 season, the top eight finishers in the first race would be reversed on the grid for the second race. For 2020, it has been extended to the top ten finishers.
These changes have been put in place due to the high grid count in recent years for the Formula One feeder series.
CEO Bruno Michel said “Having a grid of thirty drivers means that finishing in the top 10 is already a huge achievement, and we felt that it should be rewarded in both races rather than solely in the first race.
“Therefore, from this season onwards, we have decided that, we will reverse the top 10 for Race 2, instead of the Top 8, and that the top 10 drivers of both races will take points. This will give more drivers the opportunity to score and end the year with a better reflection of their accomplishment over the season.”
Kiwi Liam Lawson (pictured above) will take part in his second season of FIA Formula 3, with the first round scheduled for the 21st of March at Bahrain.