F2 and F3 have ‘long-term’ dedication to Australian GP

Method 2 and Method 3 is about to race in Melbourne from 2023

Method 2 and Method 3 are set to grow to be options on the help card of the Method 1 Australian Grand Prix for the ‘long-term’.

Introduced as a part of the undercard for subsequent yr’s occasion, the feeder classes will make their first appearances in Albert Park alongside what is predicted to be Spherical 3 of the F1 season.

Bruno Michel, the person on the helm of the 2 championships, has now revealed that the junior lessons will probably be an on-going function in Melbourne.

The present contract for the Australian Grand Prix will see F1 stay in Melbourne till 2035.

“It’s a long-term contract, like for Method 1,” Michel informed Speedcafe.com when requested if 2023 was set to be a one off or trial look.

“I don’t know if you happen to can say 2035 however as I mentioned, it’s a long-term dedication.”

Bringing the 2 feeder sequence to Albert Park is an idea that got here from the game’s business rights holder, Liberty Media, and located help inside the Australian Grand Prix Company.

“It’s been a dialogue initially with Method 1 as a result of clearly Method 1 goes to Melbourne,” Michel defined.

“Then, sooner or later, we have been talked about and there was clearly very robust curiosity from Melbourne to have us coming in.

“After that, we had just a few fairly quick discussions, let’s put it that manner, as a result of it was a typical curiosity, after which it got here as a information for subsequent yr.”

Whereas thought-about a boon for the occasion itself by most observers, Michel sees the addition of a spherical in Australia as a lift for each Method 2 and Method 3.

“Everyone’s very, very enthusiastic about it,” he mentioned.

“It’s fairly essential for us to go on this aspect of the world as effectively, as a result of it makes us an actual full world championship, let’s put it that manner, for each classes.

“So all people’s excited; the groups are actually, actually blissful, and the drivers as effectively, and it offers much more hype and credibility to our championships.”

It additionally creates some problems, with added logistical challenges for organisers and groups to satisfy.

There are additionally monetary concerns surrounding the price of journey.

Junior classes are sometimes funded by aspiring drivers trying to make a reputation, and profession for themselves, with any further price to groups handed down the road.

“Method 2 is used to travelling exterior Europe, Method 3 much less so,” Michel conceded.

“Method 3 is having a race in Bahrain and the remainder was in Europe, so clearly it’s an enormous change for Method 3.

“Probably we have been utilizing the identical sort of logistics as Method 1 to journey, and relying what would be the race earlier than Melbourne, in all probability Method 2 and possibly Method 3 will probably be racing [there] as effectively.

“Then, while you speak about logistics, it’s not solely the organisation nevertheless it’s additionally the fee,” he added.

“Speaking about prices, after all we’ll help the groups, as a result of going to Melbourne just isn’t the identical price as going to Spa [Belgium] or Le Castellet [France].

“We are going to help the groups to guarantee that it doesn’t influence their funds, and it doesn’t influence the funds of the drivers who should pay for his or her seats in our classes.”

The addition of Method 2 and Method 3 to the help classes in Melbourne is a seismic shift relating to the make-up of the undercard.

It brings with it important implications to the native racing scene, with quite a lot of classes focusing on an look on the Australian Grand Prix as a significant drawcard for its opponents.

Supercars is all however assured to stay because the headline help act, with the class proving a big drawcard for followers by means of the gates – a key issue for the Australian Grand Prix Company.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia is a mainstay of the occasion, an addition which in lots of respects mirrors the programme internationally which sees Porsche Supercup seem at a raft of occasions by means of Europe and the Americas.

Different classes which have featured in recent times embody S5000, which has competed for the Alan Jones Trophy, Australian GT (now GT World Problem Australia), and an aborted TCR Australia look in 2020.

With the addition of F2 and F3 from 2023, coupled with the need to keep up Supercars on the occasion invoice, there’ll naturally be much less room for home competitions.

It’s due to this fact extremely doubtless subsequent yr’s occasion will function Method 1 because the headline act, supported by Supercars, Method 2, Method 3, and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

Subsequent yr’s Australian Grand Prix is predicted to run from March 23-26 because the third spherical of each the Method 1 and Method 2 championships.

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