Afanasiev joins F2 charge
1 March 2010 – Sergey Afanasiev is the latest driver to be confirmed on the Formula 2 grid ahead of the 2010 season. Park of the Lukoil Driver Support Programme, the Russian joins the MotorSport Vision-run series as runner-up from last year's Formula Master championship.
Having achieved a total of one race victory and nine podium finishes from the 16 Formula Master rounds of 2009, the 21-year-old also enjoy success in IFM the season before in the shape of one race win, two podium finishes and a pole position.
"It is very difficult to find the right category each year and success in other series depends not only on a driver but also the right car, the right people and engineers," explained Afanasiev, who launched his single-seater career in 2004 and immediate won the Formula Russia title before moving onto Formula Renault 2.0, the F3 Euro Series and the World Series by Renault.
"I'm pleased that the F2 car has been advanced for 2010 and I'm sure it will be really fast. I'm excited about the overboost button, which I can't wait to try during a race weekend. My target is to first understand a new car and also to learn some fantastic circuits which I have never been to before. There will be many good drivers in the championship but I expect to be fighting for podiums."
"I'm very pleased Sergey has joined F2 and it will be the perfect championship for him to prove his talent," added Series Director and head of MotorSport Vision Jonathan Palmer. "There is clearly a great deal of Russian talent emerging and Sergey's championship second place in Formula Master last year proves he is amongst the best, which is why he has been selected by Lukoil, who were also involved in F2 last season. I expect him to be challenging for podiums."