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Formula 2 series organisers have confirmed that Philipp Eng will remain in the championship for a second season this year. The Austrian driver raced to two podium finishes as well as a commanding win at Brands Hatch in his maiden campaign.
Having won pole position at Brands, Eng's light-to-flag race victory was a dominant one for the Salzburg-born driver, now 20, who competed in Formula BMW and German Formula 3 before making his F2 debut.
"I am extremely delighted to be returning to Formula 2 - it is just a great feeling to know that I will be racing in a top level single seater series again," he commented. "It is always a nerve wracking time when you're trying to secure a drive but now I can sleep easier, knowing that I am back in F2!
"Like some other drivers, I will have the advantage of this being my second season but you cannot take that for granted. Kazim Vasiliauskas and Nicola de Marco will be very strong, Jolyon Palmer also went really well during winter testing and I am sure there will be some good rookies coming too, so it will not be easy.
"Philipp Eng impressed me enormously during the 2009 F2 season," said F2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer. "Despite his young age and very limited experience, he proved his natural speed immediately with a remarkable top three place at the first event in Valencia.
"Philipp's dominant performance at Brands Hatch, when he won from pole position at a track renowned to be a challenging drivers' circuit, was outstanding. I expect Philipp to be a multiple race winner in F2 during 2010 and to finish in the top three in the championship - with a realistic chance of winning it."
"I want to at least finish in the top three overall but my main aim is to win the championship," Phillip confirmed.
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