DEKRA and FIA Formula 3 Europe
Full speed from the beginning
Where motor racing's future stars are competing today already: FIA European Formula 3 is among the strongest junior categories and a perfect stepping stone for Formula 1. As the series' Official Partner DEKRA enables young drivers to race at full speed from the beginning.
For DEKRA, supporting talents is in tradition of the company. As early as 1997 the expert organization was engaged in Formula 3 for the first time when it presented the starting numbers in the German championship. Since 2016 DEKRA has lent its support to the European series where junior drivers of BMW, Ferrari, Honda, McLaren and Mercedes endeavor to make their next steps.
They all wear the distinct DEKRA logo on their overalls and carry it on their cars, too. It is for good reason according to DEKRA SE chairman Clemens Klinke: "Motor racing has always been an important stage for DEKRA to position our brand and increase brand awareness. We are a global expert organization and for this very reason Formula 3's international focus is very interesting to us."
Its success story proves DEKRA is right in supporting Formula 3: from Michael Schumacher to Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg – all German Formula 1 World Champions enjoyed profound motor racing training in Formula 3. Nico Hülkenberg, too, was a successful Formula 3 driver when he won the championship title in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series in dominant fashion. It was this achievement that earned him a contract at Williams F1 as a test driver and, eventually, a seat as a regular Grand Prix driver.
For the young guns in today's European Formula 3 there are plenty of role models to choose from. And this is no coincidence as 16 out of today's 20 Formula 1 drivers used Formula 3 to sharpen their skills on their way to Grand Prix racing. The series' highly professional environment proves to be ideal for the teenagers to learn their race craft in 240 bhp cars and how to set-up such a machine. On the other hand they gain a lot of experience on international race tracks and regularly meet the media, too. All of this, of course, is a precondition for more success in motor racing's pinnacle categories down the line. And there is a good chance that future Formula 1 World Champions or overall Le Mans winners have already enjoyed podium honors presented by DEKRA in Formula 3, which clearly demonstrates sustainable work with young talents.
The 2018 European Formula 3 calendar features ten events with three races per weekend, each lasting 33 minutes plus one lap. Altogether, practice, qualifyings and races amount to about four hours of track time at each event. Among the calendar highlights are the historic city circuits at Pau (France) and Nuremberg's Norisring as well as Grand Prix tracks like Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Nürburgring and Hockenheimring. As a long-term partner of DTM, European Formula 3 will share the paddock once again with Germany's most important racing series. In 2018, however, the category is also paired with FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at selected rounds.
The year after that will see Formula 3 gain even more appeal for young talents as the International Automobile Federation (FIA) is going to provide a new set of regulations for the category. Plus, the series will move to the support bill of Formula 1 with its drivers and DEKRA enjoying even more time in the public eye than ever before.