FIA Formula Two Championship
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|Category||Open wheeled single seaters|
|Country or region||International|
|Inaugural season||2009 (originally 1967)|
operated by MotorSport Vision
|Engine suppliers||Audi 1.8-litre 20v Turbo|
|Drivers' champion||Andy Soucek|
The FIA Formula Two Championship is a one-make class of motor racing series for Formula Two open wheeled single seater racing cars. It is a revival of the former European Formula Two Championship that was highly successful from 1967 to 1984, and sees 25 drivers competing in identical MotorSport Vision (MSV) run cars with an AUDI AG supplied and Mountune Racing developed and built 400 bhp engine over 16 rounds, two at each of eight venues in Western and Central Europe.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's overall concern was that the cost of competing in motor racing at a level to progress directly to Formula One today is so high that it prevents many talented drivers from having the opportunity to participate, so it re-introduced the new Formula Two category.
In September 2008, the FIA tender to supply the cars and operate the FIA Formula Two Championship was awarded to the British MotorSportVision Racing company, owned by former Formula One racer Jonathan Palmer. Compared to rival series such as GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5, Formula Two costs significantly less per season whilst allowing drivers to prove their skill and develop their racecraft, in identical vehicles designed by a six man team from WilliamsF1, led by Director of Engineering Patrick Head.
The F2 vehicles were assembled and prepared between races at MotorSport Vision's Bedford Autodrome facility, prior to the opening race of the inaugural championship in May 2009, testing sessions scheduled at circuits around the UK.
The late Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch in 2009
|Manufacturer||chassis: Williams JPH1,|
engine: AUDI AG, prepared & built by Mountune Racing
|Class||Open-wheeled single seat race car|
|Body style(s)||1-seat carbon fibre composite monocoque|
|Layout||Longitudinal mid engine,|
|Engine(s)||Audi 1.8-litre 4cyl 20v Turbo|
|Transmission(s)||6-speed Hewland TMT sequential semi automatic transaxle with LSD|
|Wheelbase||2,885 mm (113.6 in)|
|Kerb weight||570 kg (1,257 lb) (dry weight)|
Named after both Jonathan Palmer and Patrick Head, the Williams JPH1 chassis and survival cell is of carbon fibre composite monocoque construction. The car was designed to comply with the 2005 FIA F1 Technical Regulations. Head protection will conform to the latest 2009 F1 standards. Amongst many other detailed safety features, roadwheel tethers were incorporated.
The aerodynamics have been evolved to produce a high level of downforce, yet without losing too much front downforce when following other cars, to facilitate overtaking. To achieve this, about 40% of the downforce will be produced from the underside, with full length ground effect tunnels, similar to a GP2 car. The aerodynamics have been developed using the Williams F1 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) computer simulation which enables many different configurations to be tested without the need to actually build the parts and test in the wind tunnel. The car will have over 2,000 pounds (907 kg) of downforce at 150 miles per hour (241 km/h) – compared with, for example, an F3 car which would generate 1,750 pounds (794 kg).
The internal combustion engine is a new turbocharged petrol engine based on the Audi 1.8-litre 20 valve block and head, as used in Formula Palmer Audi. Whereas the engine in the FPA car primarily uses standard road car components, the Audi F2 engine has been developed as a pure race engine. Prepared and built by Mountune Racing, the crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, valves and camshafts are all-new components designed for high strength and light weight. The dry sump system has been re-designed so the engine sits 35 millimetres (1.4 in) lower than in the FPA car.
The turbocharger is an all new Garrett GT35 unit featuring roller bearings for improved response, with an external wastegate with high speed closed loop pneumatic valve boost control for absolutely precise automatic boost control. The engine management system is a Pi Research Pectel electronic engine control unit (ECU), the MQ12, which has more capability than the unit in FPA.
For its initial 2009 season, continuous maximum engine power was 400 brake horsepower (298 kW; 406 PS) at 8,250 rpm. The F2 car will feature a "push to pass/defend" overboost, with 450 brake horsepower (336 kW; 456 PS) being available for a maximum duration of 6 seconds, available ten times during each race. From 2010, continuous base power has been increased to 425 brake horsepower (317 kW; 431 PS), with an even higher gain from overboost to 480 brake horsepower (358 kW; 487 PS).
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For the 2009 season, Formula Two took on the same points scoring system as in Formula One. Points are be awarded the same for both races in the weekend, as follows:
|2009||Andy Soucek||Robert Wickens||Mikhail Aleshin|
The races are broadcast by the sports broadcaster Eurosport. Race One is broadcast live or delayed, and race two is broadcast live on Eurosport International and live or slightly delayed on Eurosport Asia-Pacific. The Sunday races are screened as part of the same programme as the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Raceday highlights are also shown on Eurosport.
Live streaming of the races is available with free access from both Eurosport and the official F2 website, in five different languages.
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- ^ "Jonathan Palmer unveils Formula Two plans". FormulaTwo.com (MotorSport Vision). 2010-01-07. http://www.formulatwo.com/news/f2-briefing-jp-speech.aspx.
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- ^ a b "F2 gearbox in production". FormulaTwo.com (MotorSport Vision). 2010-01-07. http://www.formulatwo.com/news/f2-gearbox-in-production.aspx.
- ^ a b "F2 production engines ready for installation". FormulaTwo.com (MotorSport Vision). 2010-01-06. http://www.formulatwo.com/news/f2-production-engines-ready-for-installation.aspx.
- ^ "Television coverage". http://www.formulatwo.com/coverage.aspx.
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