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The Formula 2 Championship is off and running

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F2 Demo Car

This weekend saw the inaugeral races of the all-new Formula 2 championship.  Robert Wickens of Canada took a double win at the track in Valencia.

Formula 2 was last seen 25 years ago as a feeder catagory for Formula 1.  It was revived last year as a joint project between the FIA, Motor Sport Vision, Eurosport and Williams.

The object now, as then, is to feed new blood into the Formula 1 catagory.  This is important as we have, to date, six new car seats to fill for the 2010 season.  This is with the inclusion of USGPE, Lola and Prodrive.

Wickens first win

So who are this new wave of dashing young drivers?  Well a lot of the surnames will be familiar.  There is a Surtees and a Brundle, a Palmer and a Clarke.  Not to mention a whole host of intercontinental talent with a point to prove.  Most of them come from racing families, as you may have guessed.  The current leader of the pack is the Canadian, Robert Wickens, aged 20.  He joined the Red Bull junior championship and quickly made his mark, winning the Formula BMW championship with three wins and seven podiums out of fourteen races.  One can only image what this young hopeful could do in a Ferrari or a Renault F1 car.

wickens

The Formula 2 car itself is a set chassis, i.e. they all get exactly the same type of car.  The chassis is produced by Williams, the engines are provided by Audi, and the tyres by Avon.  It has a protective safety cell compliant with the latest F1 regulations and a six speed paddle gearbox.  Each car gets it’s own mechanic, each appointed and employed by Motor Sports Vision.

The press were out in force for the first race

The press were out in force for the first race

Also there will be Race Engineers who will manage three drivers each, in rotation, to help with the learning curve.

The races are run with two practice sessions on a Friday, and a qualifying session.  On a Saturday you have the second qualifying and then the first race.  On the Sunday you have the second race.

The race calender takes us to Valencia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Spa in Belgium, Brands Hatch and Donnington, Germany, Italy and back to Spain.  They have in fact some good race venues there, not Ryanair tracks (i.e. getting dumped in the middle of nowhere).

So we wish the whole F2 team the very best of luck and we look forward to watching you on Eurosport or Youtube.

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

May 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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