Cole joins 2011 Formula 2 field
31 March 2011 – James Cole has announced that he will be competing in Formula 2 this year, after getting his first taste of the category in winter testing. The 22-year-old won the British Formula Ford Championship in 2009, and went on to compete in the National Class of British F3 before opting to make his F2 switch for the new season.
"I chose F2 because of the enjoyment of driving the car", Cole said after getting a taste for the Williams JPH1B in winter testing. "It’s got a lot of power and it’s great that everyone’s got the same equipment - you don’t have to pay for a better car and I’m looking forward to a good season.
"The first test at Silverstone went well, we were in the top six straight away and I’d never driven the car before, so if I can regularly be in the top six we’ll see what happens from there. The winner’s prize of an F1 test with Williams is fantastic."
Formula 2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer added: "James has enjoyed a great deal of success in his racing career so far and is clearly an outstanding prospect, so we’re delighted he’s competing in F2 this year. He adapted to the Williams F2 car remarkably well in the tests at Silverstone and Snetterton, and was impressively quick from the outset.
"I’m looking forward to seeing what he achieves this season in the equal environment of Formula Two, where he’ll be competing against a field of exceptionally talented drivers across some truly legendary F1 circuits."