Formula 3 has announced tweaks to its Race 2 format, which will see the top ten finishers from Race 1 forming the reverse grid for the Sunday event.
Under previous rules, the top eight finishers from Saturday’s ‘Feature’ race are reversed in order to form the top eight on the grid for Sunday’s ‘Sprint’ event.
However this has been expanded to cover the top ten, meaning the race winner will start from tenth, second place starts in ninth and so on, with the tenth-placed driver on Saturday taking up the pole spot.
The points have also been tweaked to account for this change, with Race 2 now awarding points from first to tenth in the following format; 15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third followed by 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and finally 1 point for tenth.
The points for Race 1 will remain unchanged.
These changes will be first seen at Round 1 which will take place at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on March 20-22.
Series boss Bruno Michel explained the reasons behind the change: “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.”