Formula 2 Championship entry list: 20 youngsters are dreaming about F1
The second season of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, after it replaced the GP2 Series, will start this weekend at Bahrain International Circuit. The season-opening F2 event would be a part of the support programme for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix.
Same as in the year before, twenty drivers are on the entry list for the highest-grade single-seater ladder series. Among twenty drivers who are dreaming about continuing their careers in Formula 1, just as 2017 F2 champion Charles Leclerc, there are eight rookies and twelve drivers who already spent a season in Formula 2.
Last year’s vice-champion Artem Markelov is entering the championship with number 1 on his car, as leading driver of the Russian Time team which captured Teams’ title in 2017. His teammate would be an F3 graduate Tadasuke Makino. Among the rookies, there are all three best drivers from the 2017 GP3 Series – a champion George Russell, a runner-up Jack Aitken and third-placed Nirei Fukuzumi.
One more rookie who is starting the F2 campaign with the championship trophy in his hands is Lando Norris, who dominated last year in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Maximilian Günther, one of his fiercest F3 rivals, also made a step up from F3 to F2. Two more rookies on the grid would be Roy Nissany and Arjun Maini.
Eleven teams were announced for the 2018 F2 season a few months ago but Fortec Motorsports withdrew due to lack of sponsorship. The well-known teams Carlin and Charouz Racing System are newcomers, along with Russian Time, Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing, DAMS, ART Grand Prix, MP Motorsport, BWT Arden, Campos Vexatec Racing and Trident.
A completely new chassis-engine package has been introduced for the 2018 Formula 2 season. Dallara produced an F2/18 open-wheel race car (also known as F2 2018) which has a lower nose, wider and lower rear wing and a more narrow front wing compared to the old Dallara GP2/11.
The design also features the ‘halo’ cockpit protection device. The old Mecachrome four-litre V8 naturally-aspirated engine was replaced by the 3.4-litre V6 turbocharged direct-injected engine, also developed by Mecachrome.
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship entry list
|Russian Time||1||Artem Markelov|
|2||Tadasuke Makino (R)|
|Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||3||Sean Gelael|
|4||Nyck de Vries|
|ART Grand Prix||7||Jack Aitken (R)|
|8||George Russell (R)|
|MP Motorsport||9||Roberto Merhi|
|BWT Arden||11||Maximilian Günther (R)|
|12||Nirei Fukuzumi (R)|
|Campos Vexatec Racing||14||Luca Ghiotto|
|15||Roy Nissany (R)|
|Trident||16||Arjun Maini (R)|
|Carlin||18||Sergio Sette Camara|
|19||Lando Norris (R)|
|Charouz Racing System||20||Louis Deletraz|