Well, it was always going to be pretty good, but my word…that was quite some way to get things started, wasn’t it? Granted, it’s hard to argue with the fact this is one of the most coveted and prestigious prizes in motorsport, and, with an even bigger reward potentially on offer come the end of the season, I guess it wasn’t all that surprising, but there’s a saying that while no driver can win a championship in the first race, they can certainly lose it, and so even the most talented drivers eventually have to learn to race more with their head than their heart in order to achieve the best possible results. However, on the flipside, the very nature of a single-make formula like this almost forces drivers to take something of a risk in order to stand out, and, while you could argue that there’s a time and a place for taking chances, or even that they should have got it out of their system by now, it’s difficult to dispute just how impressive that was, and, if that kind of standard can be matched (or, in fact, exceeded) over the course of the year, well…we’re going to be in for one hell of a fight. The new blood is already threatening to take over in the new-look 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship, and, even at such an early stage, judging by what we’ve seen so far…they’re going to be hard to stop.
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OK, so it’s not quite ‘back to the future’, but…I think we’ve been here once before, haven’t we? When it comes to motorsport, the world of open-wheel single seaters is often seen as the most spectacular form of racing, but, while the majority are well aware of Formula One as being the top level and the ultimate ambition for any aspiring young driver, there’s never been much consistency in the junior categories as to the best way to get there, but, at long last…it looks like that might all be about to change. Yes, it’s not exactly a massive alteration – in fact, you’d find it difficult to pick out anything different apart from a new logo and a new name – but, in the long run, it could be a hugely important development, and, if the action on track remains even half as good, I don’t think there’ll be many people complaining. It might have a new identity, but, in almost every other way, the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship is pretty much the same…and it’d be a brave man to try and predict how it’s going to turn out.
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After more than a decade as the main feeder series to Formula One, GP2 has now morphed into the FIA Formula Two Championship for the new season – this is the 2016 field at the start of the feature race in Austria – and so, with such a valuable prize potentially on offer…who’s going to be the one to watch in 2017?
Well, they’ve finally managed to get it done…but what exactly HAVE they done? I mean, normally in motorsport, whenever a new championship pops up, there often has to be something that little bit different about it compared to its direct rivals, but, when the biggest alteration is to the name of the series rather than the technical aspects of the cars on show…it does seem to be a fuss over nothing. Sure, for people who only follow motorsport in passing, without knowing about the various ins and outs of a particular series, it does make a little more sense to have a clear, ordered structure to the single-seater ladder that allows young drivers to move up through the ranks more easily, but, from a fan’s perspective, there wasn’t really all that much wrong with the old system, and it does beg the question whether this needed to be done right now or not. The newly rebranded FIA Formula 2 Championship is all set to burst into life this weekend, but, while it might well signal the start of a new dawn for the direct feeder series for Formula 1…there’s still plenty to prove.
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