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Formula Micras World Championship

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Formula Micras World Championship
Countries Benacian Union Benacian Union
Calbion Calbion
Craitland Craitland
Floria Floria
Krasnovlac Krasnovlac
Mercury Mercury
Mondosphere Mondosphere
Senya Senya
Tellia Tellia
Vegno Vegno
Confederation MFM.png Micras Federation of Motorsport
Founded 2022
First season 2022–23
Number of teams 10
2022–23 Season

The Formula Micras World Championship, also known as Formula Micras or FM, is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Micras Federation of Motorsport (MFM).

A Formula Micras season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place on Micras on both purpose-built circuits and closed public roads. A points system is used at Grands Prix to determine two annual World Championships: one for drivers, the other for constructors.

History

The Formula Micras was the first 4-wheels single-seater World Championship organized by the newly born MFM (Micras Federation of Motorsport).

A first experiment of a single-seater championship, organized locally, was that of the Formula Vegnese Championship, which immediately caught great interest from other nations on Micras; hence the decision by the Vegnese Federation to organize, on the model of its local championship and with the support of a good number of countries, an international championship.

In eary May 2022, the creation of this championship was officially established, with the official name of Formula Micras World Championship and the officialization of the logo that will be used in the first season.

Racing and rules

A Formula Micras Grand Prix event spans through a weekend. It begins with one Practice Session on Fridays, which is used for participating teams to test the cars, components and various setups, in view of qualifying and race sessions of the following days. Additional drivers (commonly known as third drivers) are allowed to run on Fridays, but only two cars may be used per team, requiring a race driver to give up their seat. The Practice session has a duration of 25 minutes and is the only one that is not mandatory in an FM weekend, and can be cancelled at the discretion of the race director.

On Sundays, a Qualifying session is held to determine the starting grid order for the Race, which is usually set to be on Sunday.

Tyre Rules

Three dry tyre compounds, with different durability and adhesion characteristics, are available to drivers; the different compounds have different levels of performance and choosing when to use which compound is a key tactical decision to make. Different tyres have different colours on their sidewalls; this allows spectators to understand the strategies.

Under wet conditions, drivers may switch to one of two specialised wet weather tyres with additional grooves (one "intermediate", for mild wet conditions, such as after recent rain, one "full wet", for racing in or immediately after rain).

Qualifying

The current qualification system is organized as a "knock-out" session, that is split into different periods, known as Q1, Q2, and evntually Q3 in case of more than fiftheen drivers. In each period, drivers run qualifying laps to attempt to advance to the next period, with the slowest drivers being "knocked out" of qualification (but not necessarily the race) at the end of the period and their grid positions set within the rearmost five based on their best lap times.

Drivers are allowed as many laps as they wish within each period. After each period, all times are reset, and only a driver's fastest lap in that period (barring infractions) counts. Any timed lap started before the end of that period may be completed, and will count toward that driver's placement. The number of cars eliminated in each period is dependent on the total number of cars entered into the championship.

Every manche lasts 12 minutes, with Q3 seeing the remaining ten drivers decide the first ten grid positions.

Race

All drivers are given a free choice of tyre to use at the start of the Grand Prix.

Once all the cars have formed on the grid, after the medical car positions itself behind the pack, a light system above the track indicates the start of the race: five red lights are illuminated at intervals of one second; they are all then extinguished simultaneously after an unspecified time (typically less than 3 seconds) to signal the start of the race.

Under normal circumstances, the winner of the race is the first driver to cross the finish line having completed a set number of laps.

Throughout the race, drivers may make pit stops to change tyres and repair damage. Different teams and drivers employ different pit stop strategies in order to maximise their car's potential. A driver must make at least one stop to change tyres; up to three stops are typically made, although further stops may be necessary to fix damage or if weather conditions change. If rain tyres are used, drivers are no longer obliged to pit.

Safety-Car and Virtual SC

In the event of an incident that risks the safety of competitors or trackside race marshals, race officials may choose to deploy the Safety-Car. This in effect obliges the drivers to follow the safety car around the track at its speed in race order, with overtaking not permitted. Cars that have been lapped may, during the safety car period and depending on circumstances permitted by the race director, be allowed to un-lap themselves in order to ensure a smoother restart and to avoid blue flags being immediately thrown upon the resumption of the race with many of the cars in very close proximity to each other. The safety car circulates until the danger is cleared; after it comes in, the race restarts with a "rolling start". Pit stops are permitted under the safety car.

Instead of the normal real Safety Car, the Virtual Safety Car can be used; it represents a less serious condition of danger and of a more limited duration, in which the drivers must reduce the speed by 30%, respecting a pre-established delta time. Overtaking is not allowed, but pit stops are allowed. The aim of the latter is not to distort the race, forcing the riders to all decrease their speed in the same way and thus keep the existing gaps unchanged, without regrouping the group.

Points-system

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th FL PP
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 1 2

All points won at each race are added up, and the driver and constructor with the most points at the end of the season are crowned World Champions. Regardless of whether a driver stays with the same team throughout the season, or switches teams, all points earned by them count for the Drivers' Championship. A driver must complete at least 90% of the race distance in order to receive points, therefore, it is possible for a driver to receive points even if they retired before the end of the race.

Official Suppliers

The MFM, for each Formula Micras championship, must contract the official suppliers of tires and fuel for the teams. Each Team, at the beginning of every season, is then free to agree with any of the official suppliers for Formula Micras, and can change one supplier only in the next season.

Period Type Manufacturer Replenished Teams
2022- Tires Floria Vitesse -
2022- Tires Mondosphere Bouncy Rings -
2022- Fuel Krasnovlac Sirov Fieul All

Participants

Constructors and Drivers

A Formula Micras constructor is the entity credited for designing the chassis and the engine. If both are designed by the same company, that company receives sole credit as the constructor, while if they are designed by different companies, both are credited, and the name of the chassis designer is placed before that of the engine designer (e.g. constructor-motorist). All constructors are scored individually, even if they share either chassis or engine with another constructor.

The first team of the history of Formula Micras to officially enter the Championship was the Calbain Ddraig-Llywelyn Racing Team, with the engine supply of the Drag'on Motors, signing Harwic Gywion and Maddox Islwyn as the two official drivers for the 2022-23 season. Other two Florian teams have shown the interest to join the championship: the Titan Automotives, one of the most important and famous manufacturer of luxury sportscar, and another one related to the Red Bear, a rich and famous energy drink company who wanted to invest in an FM team. Motivated above all else by a desire to raise its international prestige, the Benacian Union hurriedly assembled a project team, to be generously funded by "voluntary" contributions from the business community, that would be known as the Typhon Group and be tasked with the production of a viable racing design and a competitive team.

Grands Prix

Broadcast Rights

Red Sports FM. The TV channel which broadcasts every Grand Prix in Floria.
Country TV Broadcasters Radio Broadcasters Streaming / Data Network
Floria Floria Red Sports FBC Radio Red Cloud
Vegno Vegno TeleV VAI Radio PlatinumPlay
Sanama Sanama CBC Sports CBC Play
Mondosphere Mondosphere Mondovision Mondovision