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Number of times held  24
Most wins (constructors)  Dallara (22)
Race length  107.675 km (66.90 mi)
First held  1991
Circuit length  4.307 km (2.676 mi)
Masters of Formula 3
Most wins (drivers)  V. Bottas (2) F. Rosenqvist (2)

The Masters of Formula 3 is a Formula Three race held annually, usually at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Due to noise restrictions in the Zandvoort area, the 2007 and 2008 races were held in the Belgian circuit of Zolder. However, it returned to Zandvoort for the 2009 race.

The Masters was first started in 1991, as an international meeting between drivers from various national championships across Europe. As the FIA European Formula Three Cup had been cancelled after the 1990 season, the Masters became the unofficial European F3 championship. Many of Formula One's future stars raced and won in the Masters, including David Coulthard, who was crowned champion in the first event.

In 1999, the FIA nominated the Pau round of French Formula Three Championship as the new European Cup, but the Masters retained its status as the de facto international meeting between up-and-coming superstars all across Europe, as drivers from the British, French, German and Italian championships continued to flock to the Dutch track. When the French and German series were merged into the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2003, the Masters was not included in the calendar at the time, but its position as the premier international F3 meeting in Europe was not threatened.

The event was sponsored by Marlboro from 1991 to 2005. When tobacco advertising was banned in the European Union after July 31, 2005, the Masters lost its sponsorship. The race was sponsored by BP Ultimate took from 2006 to 2007, RTL in 2008, Tango in 2009 and RTL again in 2010.

Spectators

  • 1991: 35000
  • 1992: 45000
  • 1993: 56000
  • 1994: 58000
  • 1995: 55000
  • 1996: 85000
  • 1997: 71000
  • 1998: 70000
  • 1999: 100000
  • 2000: 60000
  • 2001: 65000
  • 2002: 60000
  • 2003: 50000
  • 2004: 47500
  • 2005: 40000
  • 2006: 30000
  • 2007: Unknown
  • 2008: Unknown
  • 2009: 26000
  • 2010: 43000
  • 2011: Unknown
  • 2012: 26500
  • 2013: 16700
  • 2014: 14607
  • References

    Masters of Formula 3 Wikipedia


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