Formula 3 is the third tier of open-wheel racing in the United Kingdom and is considered the stepping stone for aspiring racers to reach the highest levels of motorsport. The series is seen as the premier stepping stone for young drivers to reach the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One. Formula 3 races are contested over a season of 17 weekends and feature a mix of street and permanent circuits. The series is run by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) and is sanctioned by the FIA. Formula 3 is a competitive, thrilling and highly competitive series that is a popular choice for many young drivers.