FIA Formula 2 2017 – Spain (Barcelona) (Rounds 3-4)

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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FIA Formula 2 2017 – Bahrain (Rounds 1-2)

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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