GP2 promoters FOM and the FIA have formalised their contract for the rights to the series, in what will be a new category introduced as early as 2017 in the ladder to Formula 1.
The details of the relaunch of Formula 2 were produced in July earlier this year. Led by former Ferrari team principle Stefano Domenicali, the FIA stated that entrants must have a chassis built to F1 2010 safety standards along with an engine producing 600bhp. The FIA also expects to see “a hybrid approach” in the car concept, with some touting the two-litre direct injection engines used in Super GT and are due to arrive in DTM in 2017.
The thinking is that with the current GP2 chassis set to change in 2017, the championship will be renamed and will take up these specifications. Mecachrome may also stay on as an engine supplier, although whether they will provide any sort of hybrid approach is questionable given the costs.
“Following the consolidation of the FIA F3 European Championship, and the introduction of FIA Formula 4 at national level around the world, the FIA will launch a new FIA F2 Championship to complete the single-seater ladder from karting to Formula One,” state the governing body on their website.
“The FIA F2 Championship will be the last addition to the FIA’s driver development pyramid, from karting, through F4 and F3, with F2 as the final preparation for drivers hoping to enter the pinnacle of motor sport, the FIA Formula One World Championship.”