Referred to as ‘the ultimate training ground for Formula 1’ the new FIA Formula 2 Championship (F2) was created in 2017 as the ideal preparation for the top step: Formula 1.
It provides the combination of a fast, safe, high tech car with a talent pool of the best up-and-coming drivers in single-seater motorsport, to ensure a championship that is a must-see for fans of real racing. The championship provides the opportunity for drivers to show their ability in front of the F1 teams as they compete on world-renowned circuits throughout Europe and the Middle East, in a car created to ensure that the challenge for the teams is maintained.
F2 is a one-make championship consisting of up to 22 identical cars. The chassis are designed by Dallara Automobili, and run under the specification F2 2018 car. The power base is a Mecachrome assembled 3.4L V6 single turbo charged engine.
The F2 car uses slick Pirelli tyres in four specifications (super soft, soft, medium and hard) which are predetermined by Pirelli in advance of the race weekend. Each driver has five sets of dry-weather tyres per weekend – three of “prime” specification and two of “option” specification. Each driver will also be provided with three sets of wet-weather tyres.
The compulsory pit-stop during Race One (Feature Race) remains, in which all four tyres must be changed. Unless he has used wet-weather tyres during Race 1, each driver must use at least one set of each specification of dry-weather tyres during Race 1. This mandatory pit stop may not be carried out until the driver has completed six laps.
A race weekend is composed of one practice session of forty-five minutes and one half hour qualifying session, followed by two races. The qualifying session determines the order of the grid for Race 1. Four points are awarded for pole position.
Race 1 is run over 170km or 60 minutes (except for Monaco where the race is run over 140km and in Budapest where the race is run over 160km), and each driver must complete one compulsory pitstop and must use at least one set of each specification of dry-weather tyres. The top ten drivers score points (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) with two points being awarded to the driver who set the fastest lap of the race.
The grid for Race 2 (Sprint Race) is determined by the finishing order of the first race, with the top 8 positions reversed. Race 2 is run over 120km or 45 minutes (except for Monaco where the race is run over 100km). The top eight finishers score points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1), and the driver who sets the fastest lap scores two points.