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The new series, promoted by Jonathan Palmer, is an ideal bridge between F4 and F3.

The first few rounds featured a lot of balance on-track and a great show. A confirmation that the Tatuus chassis

is reliable and well-performing under any point of view


By Jacopo Rubino

The 2016 season featured the much anticipated

return of the prestigious British Formula 3

brand, opening a new path for the FIA project

for an “F3 Light” platform to bridge the gap

between national Formula 4 championships

and the European Formula 3 series. Jonathan’s

Palmer MotorSport Vision must be credited for

this innovation. The British company decided

to take a huge technical step for the series

which was formerly known as BRDC F4. The

2016 grids have welcomed a new Tatuus car,

with a carbon fiber chassis, a 2-litre Cosworth

engine with 230 horsepower and Pirelli tires.

The package proved successful straight away,

and was welcomed with interest by drivers and

insiders for the high performance and its low

management costs.

The schedule features eight rounds, including

a trip to the world-renowned Spa-

Francorchamps venue in Belgium, and the

three opening events were already held at

Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Rockingham

respectively. As a further confirmation of the

spectacular nature of the series, 7 drivers

scored race wins in 9 rounds. The

championship standings, that had a new leader

after each round, is now led by Ricky Collard

(Carlin) with 186 punti, followed by Toby

Sowery (Lanan) and Matheus Leist (Double R).

Lando Norris and Enaam Ahmed, among the

most promising talents of the British

panorama, also left a strong impression.

The Tatuus car also showcased its extremely

high safety standards. in race 2 at Rockingham,

Enzo Bortoleto was involved in an incredible

first-lap crash, rolling his car after a contact.

The 17-year-old Brazilian, who was extricated

from the cockpit by the stewards, suffered no

physical consequences. He also lined-up

for race 3 and was even awarded the

"Driver of the Weekend" for the highest

numbers of overtakes completed.

“It has been an huge crash, and I thought that

the car would have been in much worse

condition. Actually, the damage wasn’t that

significant”, said Bortoleto.

Reco r d sa f e t y s t anda r ds

f o r t he B r i t i sh Ta t uus