Fortec Motorsport believes it can make a successful return to the European Formula 3 championship in 2018.

The team has struggled to attract drivers for the championship in recent years, forcing it to take a two year absence from the series.

Fortec aimed to make a return this season after competing in the Macau GP and Masters of F3 at the end of last year, but two drivers who tested with the team in the build up to 2017 – Ferdinand Habsburg and Jehan Daruvala – decided to switch to Carlin for their series debuts.

The break from F3 might have put Fortec at a disadvantage if it does manage to make a return in 2018, but the team’s Euroformula Open manager and senior engineer, Mick Kouros, believes the new regulations will work to Fortec’s advantage.

“I don’t see why we can’t come back and do a good job, mainly because of the FIA regulations,” he told Autosport.

“They enable any team to enter the championship and be competitive against all the other teams.

“The perception that other teams may or may not have had an advantage – which is debateable anyway – will change, and it will purely come down to having a good driver who develops a good understanding of their car, just as it used to be.

“Drivers will be looking at a level playing field, regardless of how much funding the other team have had.”

The regulations in question ban windtunnel and aerodynamic work on the Dallara aero kit.

The team already has two chassis marked for the series, which were last raced in the Macau GP, and will update them to the F3 standard if they do return to the series next year.

In its most recent F3 campaign, Fortec finished eighth in the teams’ championship.