GP2/Formula Two Series has been around as long as Formula One albeit it with different championship names, with its aim being to allowing drivers a more cost effective way of going racing, but still allowing the top driver to showcase their racing talents. But The GP2 Series which has run since 2005 will now become the Formula Two series from 2017 onwards
The first Formula Two campaign started in 167 which ran until 1984, which saw several champions progress the Formula One including Jackie Ickx, Clay Regazzoni, Patrick Depailler and Ronnie Peterson. At the end of the 1984 season the Formula Two Championship was scrapped when the FIA chose to use Formula 3000 as the stepping stones into Formula One. from 2009 to 2012 the Formula Two Championship was revived briefly until it’s collapses again. The GP2 Series up until now has been the main feeder category to Formula One.
GP2 over the last couple of years has been questioned by fans and pundits due to the fact that GP was supposedly a “feeder” into formula One but several champions have never even made the step up or had the chance to drive in formula One, such driver are Davide Valsecchi and Fabio Leimer (who now are virtually unheard of in the racing world ) but yet we see drivers such Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll completely jump from GP3/EF3 straight to Formula One. Of course, if a driver is talented enough to compete in Formula One, fair enough let them have the chance to prove their worth, but when people are champions of the category below and don’t get the chance to race in Formula One questions do have to be asked if there any point in having it.
Speaking about the change to the GP2 series FIA President Jean Todt hopes to eliminate the chance of drivers skip past the series saying:
“Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The series will provide a fantastic opportunity for junior drivers who are looking to reach the ultimate goal of Formula 1.”
The hope is with the new formula Two series is to bring the sport’s feeder series closer together and allow the fans to get to know the drivers in the category below to see who the future drivers of Formula One may be. Just like in MotoGP with Moto2 and Moto3. Fans that follow in depth will know riders well by the time they make the step up to the top class.
Even if there is so much emphasis put on the Formula Two this doesn’t necessarily mean that all the teams will follow it. For example Mercedes and Pascal Wehrlein. Apart from tests the young german had never driven in either GP3 or GP2 but was placed in a team (Most likely) due to the advantage of money this meant Mercedes could whack him straight into the top tier of motor racing.
If used to the extent I believe that Formula Two would be a great edition to the sport for not only the teams but the fans being able to have favorite drivers in all categories allowing them to see the progression of their driver and cheer them on to the top class.Lets us know What are your thoughts on the new Formula Two Series in the comments below.