Confirmed in March 2017 the FIA Formula 2 Championship succeeded the GP2 Series, which was itself created in 2005 to replace International Formula 3000.
As Formula 1’s main feeder series, around half of today’s current driver crop have come through F2 and its predecessors, including Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.
Being a one-make series, teams involved run the same Dallara chassis, Mecachrome engine, and Pirelli tyres (similar to those used in Formula 1). Engineers therefore only work on the set-up of the car, which gives the young drivers a better chance to express their abilities.
The season is comprised of 12 rounds, all supporting Formula 1, with two races per weekend, a 60-minute Feature Race on Saturday and a 45-minute Sprint Race on Sunday (Friday and Saturday for Monaco). 20 drivers and 10 teams will participate in the 2019 season.
17.2 million viewers
2,700 total broadcasts, 28 broadcasters in 150 countries
- 1.5 million visits to the F2 website
- 70,000 page views on F2 live timing
- Friday morning: 30 minute free practice
- Friday afternoon: 30 minute qualifying session
- Saturday: Race 1: 170 km or 60 min (one mandatory pit stop)
Grid positions for Race 1 determined by qualifying order.
- Sunday: Race 2: 120 km or 45 min
Grid positions for Race 2 determined by Saturday’s race positions with the 8 first reversed.
- Pole position: 4 points
- Feature Race (Top 10): 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1
- Sprint Race (Top 8): 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1
- Fastest lap: 2 points if the driver finishes inside the top 10