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Britain’s Luciano Bacheta has been added to the Formula 2 line-up for this weekend’s 11th and 12th rounds of the season at the Red Bull Ring. The races at the Austrian track will be the first in the championship for the 21-year-old, who was one of six finalists for last year’s prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Previously, Bacheta has won four races in the 2007 Formula Palmer Audi season and – via Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup - finished runner-up in the 2010 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in F2 in Austria and, although I’ve never competed at the track before, neither have most of the F2 field - so I think it’s a good place for me to make my debut,” he comments.
“Having tested the car before, I now feel comfortable with its power and acceleration, although it did come as a bit of a surprise when I first drove it! My goal is simply to do the best job I can and hopefully get in the top ten.”
Bacheta’s debut has also been praised by F2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Luciano to Formula 2,” says the former Formula 1 driver. “He’s someone we’ve known and followed for many years and has impressed me since his early days in T-Cars. During his first F2 test in Valencia last year he looked very impressive and was amongst the quickest drivers from the day.
“He also sampled the JPH1B car during the assessment process for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, so I expect he’ll quickly rise to the big challenge of F2 and be amongst the front-runners from the very start.”
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