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.