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Formula 3, usually abbreviated F3, is universally recognized as one of the most important on track racing series for emerging drivers. Historically, the Formula was christened by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 1950 as part of a programme including Formula 3, Formula 2 (and successively Formula 3000 now GP2) and then Formula One. The great success and the history of the series allowed the direct passage of some drivers to Formula One.

From seventies to early nineties, the Italian F3, had a very prestigious moment with such a high number of participants that qualification heats were needed to decrease to 50 the number of drivers taking part to races. Several drivers have been launched from F3 to the F1: Nicola Larini (Italian F3 champion in 1986), Gianni Morbidelli (1989 Italian champion), Michele Alboreto, Alessandro Nannini, Andrea de Cesaris, Andrea Montermini, Luca Badoer, Alessandro Zanardi and Giancarlo Fisichella (1994 Italian champion).

After a period of partial crisis at the end of nineties, F3 got back to its high level class in 2002 and saw a starting grid of 32 single seaters in some rounds. A regulation swing has been taken in 2006, with two races per round and with the adoption of class B single seaters equipped with the previous generation of chassis.

Year 2008 marks the definitive rebirth of the championship with the involvement of FIAT group by means of FPT brand as unique engines supplier and with the adoption of F.I.A. 2008/2010 homologated chassis. The money prize is first class too, it adds up to 220.000 euro as a whole.