Calendar Fixtures and Driver Moves

Here's everything you need to know about what's been happening in the world of F2 and F3 this week.

There have been a flurry of things happening across both Formula 2 and Formula 3 this week. So if you missed any of it, fear not! Let's start with the Formula 2 news of the week.

Formula 2

As the final four races were added to the Formula 1 calendar, the final races of the Formula 2 calendar was also announced. Sakhir, Bahrain was announced to be the venue to host the final two rounds of the 2020 Formula 2 Championship. With that in mind, the remainder of the F2 calendar for this year looks like this:

Round 7: Spa - 28th to 30th August 2020.

Round 8: Monza - 4th to 6th September 2020.

Round 9: Mugello - 11th to 13th September 2020.

Round 10: Sochi - 25th-27th September 2020.

Round 11: Sakhir - 27th to 29th November 2020.

Round 12 Sakhir - 4th to 6th December 2020.

This means that there will be a whopping two month break between rounds 10 and 11 this year.

“I’m very thankful and happy for the opportunity that DAMS has given me.

Jüri Vips

In other news, after his incident in the Feature race at Barcelona last time out, Sean Galhael suffered a small fracture on the vertebra and therefore won't be racing for the next five weeks. Brought in to replace him is the Estonian driver Jüri Vips who will join the DAMS team for Spa, Monza and Mugello. This will be hist first time in an F2 Championship round.

Vips competed in Formula 3 last year where he won three races in what was his debut season. He also joined the Red Bull Junior Team back in 2018 and looks set to compete in the Japanese Super Formula Championship later this year.

He also drove at the opening two rounds of the Formula Regional European Championship at Misano and Paul Ricard.

Formula 3

Like F2, the final races on the calendar for Formula 3 were announced. The final part of the F3 calendar now looks like this:

Round 7: Spa - 28th to 30th August 2020.

Round 8: Monza - 4th to 6th September 2020.

Round 9: Mugello - 11th to 13th September 2020.

Now that there are not many races left on the F3 calendar, every race really counts and nobody will be wanting to lose any points that they don't have to.

Andreas Estner will replace Sophia Flörsch at Campos Racing for Round 7 of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. Flörsch is going to be making her LMP2 debut instead at the European Le Mans series held at Paul Ricard. Her replacement for the weekend has had experience in Formula 3 before, competing back in 2018 where he drove for Jenzer Motorsport. Flörsch will be back in Formula 3 when it goes racing again in Monza.

It was also announced this week that Max Fewtrell and Hitech Grand Prix have parted ways with one another. The British driver made his F3 debut with the ART team back in 2019 before switching to Hitech for the 2020 season. No reason has yet been given for the sudden departure.

“I haven’t quite had the season I hoped for so far”

David Schumacher

Formula Regional driver Pierre-Louis Chovet was then announced as Fewtrell's replacement at the team for the next round of the F3 season at Spa. The 18-year-old made his single-seater debut in 2017, in French Formula 4. He competed in nine rounds, winning once. Chovet then stepped up to the Championship full-time in 2018, finishing in sixth place, with one win and four podiums. Whether or not he stays for the remainder of the season is yet to be announced.

Finally, David Schumacher will join Carlin Buzz Racing for the three remaining rounds of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 season. His replacement at the Charouz team has not been announced yet.

It seems that the game of musical chairs for teams and drivers couldn't wait until the end of the season to get underway this year. It will be interesting to see how these changes across both Formulas effect the final few round of both Championships.

What do you make of all the above news? Let me know in the comments below.

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