In a move to realign GP2 as a solid feeder series to F1, the FIA has renamed the series Formula 2. Seven drivers on the current F1 grid have driven in GP2, or F2 as it is now known.
The news emerged that Haas will maintain its current setup, effectively preventing protege and F2 star Charles Leclerc from getting a seat next season. Leclerc, who is set to win this year’s F2 title, finds himself in an unlucky position.
The FIA’s Single-Seater Commission President Stefano Domenicali explained the decision back in March
“With FIA Formula 2, we now have everything we need to craft a clear and logical path for single seater drivers from grassroots for Formula One. As they progress from karting, we have FIA Formula 4 at national level in countries all over the world, and from there the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a fantastic proving ground before drivers take on the challenge of competing on the world stage.
For us to now have FIA F2 in this process makes the whole thing complete, and we are looking forward to making FIA F2 a strong and popular series for drivers and fans alike.”
– Stefano Domenicali
The drivers that made the leap from GP2 to F1:
The Formula 2 series joined up, or will join up, with its big brother at Sakir, Barcelona, Monaco, Baku, Speilberg, Silverstone, Budapest, Spa, Monza and Abu Dhabi. The series boasts a strong looking field for the 2017 season, including Charles Leclerc and Jordan King.
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The alignment will hopefully encourage Formula One teams to look directly at the feeder series for promising yet proven talent, and should also increase the following as the audience is given a more obvious association with the name change.
GP2 Architect Bruno michel is also happy with the change, stating,
“The FIA has fully embraced GP2’s core values which will now be adopted by Formula 2; a powerful, safe and challenging car, enthralling races, and a training ground to enter Formula 1 with a particular focus on cost control.
This is a great opportunity for our drivers, our teams and our partners.”
– Bruno Michel
F2 still runs a naturally aspirated V8 engine and the cars can get for 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, so at least there will be a bit of noise at ten of the Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar.