Following two practice sessions, the two separate qualifying sessions are held on Friday afternoon. Qualifying 1 decides grid positions for race one on Saturday morning. In Qualifying 2 the fastest lap time set by every driver decides their grid position in Race 2, whereas the second-fastest lap time decides the driver’s grid position in Race 3. Races 2 and 3 are normally held on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, whereas Race 3 is held late on Sunday morning. Each race covers a distance of about 100 kilometres, or a maximum time of 35 minutes.
The number of Hankook tyres per driver per race weekend is limited. In practice sessions one used and two fresh sets of tyres may be used. For the qualifying sessions and the race itself, three fresh sets of tyres are available to each driver. The number of wets is limited to three sets per race weekend.
Only one engine may be used per car for the full season. Should an engine be changed in spite of this rule, the driver of the respective car will receive a 10-position grid penalty for the next three races they will contest.
In all three races contested on a race weekend, the points for the ten best-placed drivers are awarded according to the following system: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. Guest drivers who have not been entered for the full season cannot score points, while drivers of cars that have been entered for the full season can. Should a race be stopped before the leader has covered a minimum of 75% of the scheduled race distance, only half the points will be awarded. Should a race be stopped with less than two laps completed, no points will be awarded.
The European Championship title is awarded to the driver who has scored more points than any of their opponents. The title for the best team goes to the team that scored more points than any of its opponents. Points for the team classification solely are awarded to drivers (maximum of two per team) who were nominated by the team prior to the respective event. In addition, there is a rookie classification. The title of ‘best rookie’ is awarded to the rookie who has scored the largest number of points. Rookies are drivers who previously have raced only vehicles of a performance level lower than that of Formula 3 cars and have not contested more than three Formula 3 race weekends. Only vehicles using the current and previous chassis generation are deemed Formula 3 vehicles.