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Old 17 Nov 2017, 08:57 (Ref:3780920)   #1
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End of Formula V8 3.5

Formula V8 3.5 has been cancelled for 2018, mainly due to uncertainty over the 2018 WEC calendar, a series it supported in 2017

There's always the argument of too many single seater feeder categories, but Formula Renault/V8 3.5 seemed to have it's place and has produced some good/great drivers who went on to F1, like Kubica, Magnussen and Bianchi. It will be missed.

Anyone got any thoughts?
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 09:36 (Ref:3780928)   #2
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Nothing to do with the calendar. No top-line drivers with budgets wanting to do it. And very few medium drivers with budgets wanting to either, so it’s basically died.
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 12:22 (Ref:3780962)   #3
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Very sad, though seemingly inevitable the way the last two seasons have gone.

I don't think they ever had a chance with the FIA's anti-competitive bias towards their own series in allocating F1 Super Licence points.
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 12:35 (Ref:3780966)   #4
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I also think maybe the rise of Super Formula hasnít helped
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 12:39 (Ref:3780969)   #5
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I also think maybe the rise of Super Formula hasnít helped
Honestly i do not think Fr3.5 and Super Formula are concurrent series .

Superformula is like formula 1,5 and Formula V8 was Formula 3,5 in the last years
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Sadly Super Formula is only a shadow of it's former glory days of the early 90's when the entry was stronger than even F1
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 15:18 (Ref:3781013)   #7
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i don't think Super Formula has a big rise.
It was just because the last F2 champions didn't get a seat in F1 that they raced in Super Formula instead for one year.

But Super Formula with just 7 races in a year isn't that popular to drivers I fear.
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 18:56 (Ref:3781074)   #8
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This was always going to happen from the moment that Renault pulled out. To be honest it probably needed to at this point, a championship with 10 cars isnít much of a championship and iím not certain I really rate any of this yearís lot given that binder was leading the championship at one point. Itís a shame it didnít properly merge into f2 though, and itís given some great drivers over the years.
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 20:36 (Ref:3781102)   #9
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It was a fantastic series when it was launched as it had paid drives and not just F1 wannabees but as soon as it became just another F1 feeder series it was doomed to be strangled to death by F2
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 23:58 (Ref:3781137)   #10
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Good news. This series were no longer necessary. The last two seasons were tragic. The idea of going with WEC didn't help the cause. Race promoters must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 07:16 (Ref:3781177)   #11
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Very sad, though seemingly inevitable the way the last two seasons have gone.



I don't think they ever had a chance with the FIA's anti-competitive bias towards their own series in allocating F1 Super Licence points.


You think? Wasnít it 35 points for the champion last year and then it got downgraded to 25 for this year?

Iím not sad that itís gone. The fact drivers like Palou and Chaves had been able to come in and immediately beat the regulars shows what a joke the series had become.

Iíd rather see a really strong F2 than 2 half baked seriesí trying to do the same thing.
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 08:17 (Ref:3781180)   #12
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I won't be losing any sleep as decent , accessible , modern big power single seater racing has been missing presume dead for years in UK , more's the pity.
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 13:13 (Ref:3781228)   #13
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FR3.5 / FV8 was a good intermediate step between F3 and GP2.

Its alumni list is impressive: Marc Genť, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Antonio GarcŪa, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica, Ńlvaro Parente, Robert Wickens, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jr, Justin Wilson, Stephane Sarrazin, Markus Winkelhock, Kamui Kobayashi, Jaime Alguersuari, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Guerrieri, Esteban Guerrieri, Will Power...
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Well, when organizing FV8 3.5 TWPC noted in the predictions and important lack of interest, had an enormous struggle to run the competition, then noted the series itself struggled hardly to continue, from 2014 onwards.

Surely, their best years were the first ones - From 1998 Open Fortuna days, and the peak, perhaps, whas when Vettel stepped up directly to F1 in 2007.

This series won't have existed without the help of Coloni Motorsport, since it started as a "step-up" of his Superformula ran from 1995-97. Wonder what will be of RPM Racing and the Alguersuaris, if they have something on plan after the series folded.
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Ironic that Binder won the last race. Sums up the last few seasons rather well.
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