Formula European Masters: Training for future F1 stars

Several years ago, Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll made it from Formula 3 right to Formula One. In Formula 3, they both were provided top-class motor-racing training. Now, the Formula European Masters keeps on pursuing this approach and represents top-class education for up-and-coming racing drivers, with more race kilometres than any other series as well as free engine and chassis choice. A strategy that has been a success story for many years. The 2019 F1 grid features a total of eight drivers who learned their trade in the Formula 3 European Championship that now will be replaced by Formula European Masters.

Many pundits regard Max Verstappen as a future Formula One World Champion. Verstappen already succeeded in demonstrating his skills at the pinnacle of motor racing several times. The young Dutchman learned the motor-racing basics in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season and in the thrilling battle for the title he was defeated by Esteban Ocon in the end. 

In the following season, rookie Charles Leclerc thrilled the crowds with his performances and finished fourth in the championship. Antonio Giovinazzi, who came second that year, now also secured a Formula One GP seat. The Italian replaces Monaco’s Leclerc as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver as the latter was signed by the Scuderia Ferrari for 2019. Alexander Albon, then a Formula 3 rookie and now F1 newcomer, attracted the attention of the talent scouts as early as 2015.

A year later, Lance Stroll delivered in great style, securing the Formula 3 European Championship title and was promoted to F1 right away. George Russell, third in the 2016 championship, signed his first F1 deal two years later and is eager to contest his first Formula One GP. Lando Norris, the 2017 Formula 3 European Champion, also quickly turned into a coveted driver in the Formula One paddock. Like his compatriot, Russell, the Briton will contest his F1 debut race in mid-March in Australia

F1 returnee Daniil Kvyat can look back on a successful past in young-gun single-seater racing too. He made several F3 guest appearances in 2013, even winning a race, although wasn’t rewarded with points, as guest driver.

But the FIA F3 European Championship wasn’t the only series that demonstrated that these cars and regulations are perfect for honing the skills of young racing drivers. Many young drivers, such as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hülkenberg, learned their trade in the Formula 3 Euro Series, predecessor of the FIA F3 European Championship. Drivers who now battle it out for F1 race wins and World Championship titles.

In 2019, the Formula European Masters will prove to once again represent a perfect platform for young motor racers. In early May, the series will kick off its 2019 season at Hockenheim, in the support programme of DTM. As a partner series, the Formula European Masters cooperates closely with DTM – a fact that is emphasized by the joint race calendar of the two series. Thanks to this package, top-class touring-car racing and top-class single-seater racing are guaranteed in every race meeting.