The FIA Formula Two Championship revealed its own eight-round calendar today, marking a split from the World Touring Car Championship that it has supported since its inaugural season in 2009.

The calendar was confirmed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council today (3 November). It features five circuits currently on the Formula 1 calendar, and three former Grand Prix circuits.

As it did in 2010, the season will open at Silverstone in April before moving to Magny-Cours in May before back-to-back races at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring at the end of June/start of July. Brands Hatch will host the series for the third consecutive year later in July, one week after the circuit (owned by F2 organiser MotorSportVision) was due to host the WTCC before it lost the UK round to Donington Park. The series will visit the newly-renovated Red Bull Ring, which held the Austrian GP as the A1-Ring, in August before concluding the season at Monza and Barcelona in October.

Formula Two Series Director Jonathan Palmer hailed the new calendar, saying: “The FIA Formula Two championship is now well established with its unique proposition providing outstanding performance, equality and reliability at remarkably low cost.

“After two successful years we wanted to enhance F2 still further and our superb 2011 calendar now comprises exclusively outstanding circuits including mainly F1 tracks, which our F1 targeting drivers obviously favour.”

2011 Formula Two calendar

17/04   Silverstone, United Kingdom

22/05   Magny-Cours, France*

26/06   Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium*

03/07   Nurburgring, Germany

24/07   Brands Hatch, United Kingdom

28/08   Red Bull Ring, Austria*

02/10   Monza, Italy*

30/10   Barcelona, Spain*

*Subject to the ASN’s confirmation