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The FIA Formula 2 Championship (formerly called the GP2 Series) is a single-seater racing series introduced in 2005, which supports the Formula One World Championship during the Bahrain Grand Prix, the European leg and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2017. Formula 2, which is sanctioned by the FIA like F1, is a spec-limited series with all entrants using the Dallara GP2/11. As such, the series has become a test of both driver ability and car preparation, rather than car development.
The GP2 series is typically fed from the GP3 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 Series and various similar junior formulae, and has commonly been a feeder series to Formula One. As of 2014, 25 GP2 drivers (including six of the 10 champions) have moved on to Formula One. Two of these, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, have gone on to win the F1 World Championship.
Under FIA rules, the reigning Formula Two champion is not permitted to remain in the series for the following season. The 2018 Champion is Mercedes junior driver George Russell, who won the series at his first attempt.
Links to F1
The GP2/Formula 2 series has intentionally been allowed to influence Formula One since its creation, with the majority of F1 drivers competing in the upcoming 2018 season having spent time in the junior category. However, there have been links beyond that of future drivers, with sponsors, teams and suppliers shared between the two series in both past and present.
Note: Only drivers who have completed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.
|Driver||GP2/F2 years||F1 years||Races|
|Lucas di Grassi||2006–2009||2010||76|
|Timo Glock||2006–2007||2004, 2008–2012||42|
|Romain Grosjean||2008–2011||2009, 2012–present||60|
|Esteban Gutiérrez||2011–2012||2013–2014, 2016||44|
|Nico Hülkenberg||2009||2010, 2012–present||20|
|Kamui Kobayashi||2008–2009||2009–2012, 2014||40|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||2005–2006||2008–2009||44|
|Giedo van der Garde||2009–2012||2013||84|
|Sakon Yamamoto||2007–2008||2006–2007, 2010||21|
- Bold indicates a GP2/Formula 2 Champion.
Although manufacturer involvement in terms of construction is forbidden, there is a significant amount of cross-over between GP2/F2 and Formula One in terms of suppliers. The two prime examples of this are the two Italian firms Dallara and Pirelli, the former a chassis designer and constructor, and the latter a tyre supplier.
GP2/Formula Two serves as one of the main support series for Formula One throughout the latter's European tour, as well as choice rounds around the world. As such the entire GP2/F2 calendar is dictated by the F1 calendar, although the series frequently holds a single race away from F1 each season.
Images and Videos:
- "Newly renamed F2 series to feature at 10 Grands Prix". Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website. 9 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/newly-renamed-f2-series-to-feature-at-10-grands-prix.html. Retrieved 9 March 2017.