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Celebrating over 60 years of British Formula 3

Ayrton Senna, British Formula 3, 1983. Photo courtesy © Michael C. Brown

Sir Jackie Stewart, former British Formula 3 and Formula 1 World Driver’s Champion, once said, ‘Formula 3 is still the most important formula for aspiring Formula 1 drivers. All of what happens in a Formula 3 car happens in a Formula 1 car – it’s more akin than any other formula in the world. It’s a good way to create experience for a young driver, I think still the most important’. This sentence encapsulates the epitome of British Formula 3, now known globally as the ‘university of motorsport’ where a driver can not only define his ability, but also hone his skills through the various modifications on the Formula 3 car.

British Formula 3 is widely acknowledged as the best junior single-seater category in the World due to its strength of heritage and advancement through innovation. Teams and drivers collaborate educational motorsport formats, such as mandatory wheel changes. In 2010 three race weekend formats were introduced. The Championship is one that carves men and women into the best possible drivers and team members. Not only through driver development but overall team progression, several top level motorsport heads began their careers in British Formula 3. 

Thirteen former British Formula 3 drivers have gone on to take twenty two Formula 1 World Driver’s Championships between them. Recent graduates into Formula 1 2007 National Class Champion Sergio Perez (Force India) 2007 Driver Max Chilton (Marussia) 2008 Driver Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) 2009 Champion Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) 2011 Driver Kevin Magnussen (McLaren). The most experienced Formula 1 driver who eclipsed his 500th F1 start in 2010, Rubens Barrichello, was the 1991 British Formula 3 Champion. Several other current F1 drivers, namely Jenson Button (2009 World Champion) plus Indy Car stars Dario Franchitti, Mike Conway and Will Power, and 2010 V8 Supercars Champion, Australian James Courtney all progressed through British Formula 3.

Honor Roll of British Formula 3 Champions – 1951 to 2013

Year

Driver 

Chassis-Engine

2013 Jordan KING (GBR) Int Dallara-Volkswagen
  Sun ZHENG (CHN) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

2012

Jack HARVEY (GBR) Int

Dallara-Volkswagen

 

Spike GODDARD (AUS) Nat

Dallara-Nissan

 

2011

Felipe NASR (BRA) Int

Dallara-Volkswagen

 

Kotaro SAKURAI (JAP) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2010

Jean-Eric VERGNE (FRA) Int

Dallara-Volkswagen

 

Menasheh IDAFAR (BAH) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2009

Daniel RICCIARDO (AUS) Int

Dallara-Volkswagen

 

Daniel McKENZIE (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2008

Jaime ALGUERSUARI (ESP) Int

Dallara-Mercedes

 

Jay BRIDGER (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2007

Marko ASMER (EST) Int

Dallara-Mercedes

 

Sergio PEREZ (MEX) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2006

Mike CONWAY (GBR) Int

Dallara-Mercedes

 

Rodolfo GONZALEZ (VEN) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda 

2005

Alvaro PARENTE (POR) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Salvador DURAN (MEX) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2004

Nelson A. PIQUET (BRA) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Ryan LEWIS (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2003

Alan VAN DER MERWE (RSA) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Ernesto VISO (VEN) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2002

Robbie KERR (GBR) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Adam CARROLL (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Mugen Honda

2001

Takuma SATO (JPN) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Robbie KERR (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Renault

2000

Antonio PIZZONIA (BRA) Int

Dallara-Mugen Honda

 

Gary PAFFETT (GBR) Nat

Dallara-Renault

1999

Marc HYNES (GBR)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1998

Mario HABERFELD (BRA)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1997

Jonny KANE (GBR)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1996

Ralph FIRMAN (GBR)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1995

Oliver GAVIN (GBR)

Dallara-Vauxhall

1994

Jan MAGNUSSEN (DEN)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1993

Kelvin BURT (GBR)

Dallara-Mugen Honda

1992

Gil De FERRAN (BRA)

Reynard-Mugen Honda

1991

Rubens BARRICHELLO (BRA)

Ralt-Mugen Honda

1990

Mika HAKKINEN (FIN)

Ralt-Mugen Honda

1989

David BRABHAM (AUS)

Ralt-Volkswagen

1988

JJ LEHTO (FIN)

Reynard-Toyota

1987

Johnny HERBERT (GBR)

Reynard-Volkswagen

1986

Andy WALLACE (GBR)

Reynard-Volkswagen

1985

Mauricio GUGELMIN (BRA)

Ralt-Volkswagen

1984

Johnny DUMFRIES (GBR)

Ralt-Volkswagen

1983

Ayrton SENNA (BRA)

Ralt-Toyota

1982

Tommy BYRNE (IRL)

Ralt-Toyota

1981

Jonathan PALMER (GBR)

Ralt-Toyota

1980

Stefan JOHANSSON (SWE)

March/Ralt -Toyota

1979

Chico SERRA (BRA)

March-Toyota

1978

Derek WARWICK (GBR) Vandervell

Ralt/March -Toyota

 

Nelson PIQUET (BRA) BP

Ralt-Toyota

1977

Stephen SOUTH (GBR) Vandervell

March-Toyota

 

Derek DALY (IRL) BP

Chevron-Toyota

1976

Bruno GIACOMELLI (ITA) Shellsport

March-Toyota

 

Rupert KEEGAN (GBR) BP

March/Chevron -Toyota

1975

Gunnar NILSSON (SWE)

March-Toyota

1974

Brian HENTON (GBR) Forward Trust

March-Ford/Toyota

 

Brian HENTON (GBR) Lombard

March-Ford/Toyota

1973

Ian TAYLOR (GBR) Forward Trust

March-Ford

 

Tony BRISE (GBR) John Player

March-Ford

 

Tony BRISE (GBR) Lombard

March-Ford

1972

Rikki von OPEL (LIE) Lombard

Ensign-Ford

 

Roger WILLIAMSON (GBR) Forward Trust

GRD-Ford

 

Roger WILLIAMSON (GBR) Shell

GRD-Ford

1971

Dave WALKER (GBR) Shell

Lotus-Ford

 

Dave WALKER (GBR) Forward Trust

Lotus-Ford

 

Roger WILLIAMSON (GBR) Lombard

March-Ford

1970

Tony TRIMMER (GBR) Shell

Brabham/Lotus -Ford

 

Dave WALKER (GBR) Lombank

Lotus-Ford

 

Carlos PACE (BRA) Forward Trust

Lotus-Ford

1969

Emerson FITTIPALDI (BRA)

Lotus-Ford

1968

Tim SCHENKEN (AUS) Lombank

Chevron/Titan/Brabham -Ford

 

Harry STILLER (GBR) Les Leston

Brabham-Ford

1967

Harry STILLER (GBR)

Brabham-Ford

1966

Harry STILLER (GBR)

Brabham-Ford

1965

Tony DEAN (GBR)

Brabham-Ford

 

Roy PIKE (GBR)

Brabham-Ford

1964

Jackie STEWART (GBR) Express & Star

Cooper-BMC

 

Rod BANTING (GBR) BRSCC

Lotus-BMC

1961

Mike LEDBROOK (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1960

Jack PITCHER (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1959

Don PARKER (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1958

Trevor TAYLOR (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1957

Jim RUSSELL (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1956

Jim RUSSELL (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1955

Jim RUSSELL (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

 

Henry TAYLOR (GBR) JAP

Cooper-JAP

1954

Les LESTON (GBR) BRSCC

Cooper-Norton

1953

Don PARKER (GBR) Autosport

Kieft-Norton

1952

Don PARKER (GBR) Autosport

Kieft-Norton

1951

Eric BRANDON (GBR) Autosport

Cooper-Norton

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