Formula One's support series revise schedules to cut costs

Formula Two and Formula Three, support series for Formula One, will no longer feature on the same weekends next season as part of a cost-cutting move after a year battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Formula One's support series, Formula Two and Formula Three, will no longer feature on the same weekends.   -  Getty Images

Formula Two and Formula Three, support series for Formula One, will no longer feature on the same weekends next season as part of a cost-cutting move after a year battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Friday.

The two series will expand to three races per weekend, rather than two at present, but with a presence at fewer events.

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Formula Two will feature at eight of the grand prix weekends, instead of a current 12, and Formula Three will have seven. Formula One has yet to publish a 2021 calendar but could stretch to a record 23 rounds.

Formula Two said no new car would be introduced for the next three-year cycle from 2021 and the costs of freight and engine leasing will be significantly lower.

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Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari great and seven-time Formula One champion Michael, is leading this year's F2 championship and is expected to move up to F1 with the US-owned Haas team. Australian Oscar Piastri has already won the F3 title.

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