How the F3/GP3 war has been ramped up

How the F3/GP3 war has been ramped up

The long-running war between Formula 3 and GP3 has taken a more significant turn thanks to a desire to simplify the Formula 1 pyramid. Is one of racing's longest-running and best-loved categories about to become a casualty?

The FIA's deal with the GP2 Series to rebadge the category as Formula 2 in time for the 2017 season was always going to raise questions over the futures of Formula 3 and GP3: two categories that have been at war since the inception of GP3 in 2010.

It quickly became clear that the FIA would try to rationalise the third tier of single-seater racing so that its Formula 3 European Championship would eventually slot in beneath F1 and F2 on the grand prix bill, with the name of GP3 disappearing.

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