Indian Sureshwaren signs for first F2 season
18 March 2010 – Formula 2 series organisers have confirmed that India's Parthiva Sureshwaren is the latest name to sign up for the 2010 season as he becomes the second Indian to do so. Born in Chennai, Sureshwaren began to hone his skills in the National Class of the British Formula 3 championship of 2001.
Parthiva switched to a part season of Formula Renault V6 Asia three years ago, achieving two podium finishes from his first eight races. He also represented India's A1 Grand Prix team in Australia that year before driving again in 2008 as replacement for Narain Karthikeyan in South Africa.
"I'm really looking forward to the new F2 season, especially as I have already tested the car in Valencia and know most of the circuits F2 will visit," he said. "The car has good downforce and good ground effect aerodynamics, so my first impressions of it were very positive.
"On top of that, the championship is very cost effective for such a high level of motorsport, so it's great to be joining. My aim is to regularly score points and by mid-season be in a position to score podiums, and I'm confident I can achieve that."
F2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer is also positive prior to Sureshwaren's debut campaign. "Parthiva has already experienced a similarly high level of motorsport when he competed in A1GP, so I'm sure he will be looking to make a strong start to the season," the Englishman explained.
"He certainly faces some tough competition, though, and with several very quick young drivers close to finalising their budgets for next year it is looking clear that F2 will soon be full with 24 cars for its second season."