F2 lowers driver entry fee for 2011
5 November 2010 – Formula 2 series organisers MotorSport Vision have confirmed that the cost of entering the championship will be 225,000 pounds plus VAT per driver next season. The new prize tag is a course for confidence with Jonathan Palmer, who is sure that it will guarantee a full starting grid.
F2 will continue to promote itself as one of the most affordable junior formulae next year, with an already low figure of 275,000 pounds now being reduced by a dramatic 50,000.
On top of this, more track time will be on offer, with Friday practice being lengthened by 50 percent and Sunday’s race length changed from 30 to 40 minutes.
“A primary objective for the FIA with the new Formula 2 Championship has been to provide outstanding accessibility for talented aspiring F1 drivers, recognising that many do not have access to the budgets required to run with a team capable of winning in comparable international single-seater championships,” commented F2’s Chief Executive Palmer.
“It is so important too that drivers at this level have the greatest opportunity to develop their skills during a season from extensive track time.
“We have also preserved the structure of the Race 2 grid being derived from its own qualifying session to ensure that a bad practice or first qualifying does not compromise the whole weekend.
“The 2011 F2 season will undoubtedly be our best yet.”