Formula Master's goal to provide young drivers with the best learning environment for higher rungs on the international motorsport ladder has led to the series changing its format ahead of next season.
From 2009 onwards, its schedule and points system will be more closely aligned with that of F1's main feeder series, GP2, below which it will officially slot in, as GP3, for 2010.
Race weekends will feature longer free practice sessions when partnering the FIA World Touring Car Championship, whilst the two F1 support rounds will see the series compete on two of the most demanding circuits in Europe, the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps.
FMaster's points system will also reflect the GP2 Series format exactly, keeping the official FIA scoring structure for Saturday races, which awards points to the top eight drivers with the winner scoring ten points. Sunday races will still feature an inverted grid, with the top eight finishers from Saturday starting in reverse order, but only the top six drivers will be rewarded, with the winner getting six points. Additional points will be awarded for pole position in race one and the fastest lap in each race.
The technical characteristics of the Formula Master car, including the Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system featuring gearbox and clutch paddles and the 2008-spec Marvel 8 ECU and data acquisition will also underline the series' potential as a training ground for drivers on their way to the higher echelons.