Christopher Zanella has confirmed that he will continue in the FIA Formula Two Championship this season, as he aims to win the title and the Williams F1 test that comes with it.
The Swiss driver moved to the series 12 months ago after previously racing in Formula 3 in the Euro Series and Italian Championship. He became something of a surprise package, scoring a double win at the second round in Magny-Cours in France.
Those wins were part of a seven-race podium streak up to the midway point of the season, but in the second half of the year he failed to finish any race higher than fourth. He did still manage to hold onto the runner-up spot in the standings however.
“I’m really looking forward to this season and have been working hard over the winter to prepare,” said the 22-year-old. “It’s going to be really tough though as I finished second last year so I have to win this season.
“I have an advantage over some of the drivers because I have more experience but I still have to adapt to the new tyres and brakes of the upgraded F2 car. I would love to get my hands on the Williams F1 test, like any aspiring F1 driver. It would be a dream come true.”
Formula Two Series Director Jonathan Palmer added: “I’m delighted to welcome Christopher back to F2. He impressed me enormously by recording his maiden podium at Silverstone in only his second race, and from 10th on the grid.
“He followed that up with a standout double victory in Magny-Cours before going on to score four more consecutive podiums to become Mirko Bortolotti’s main title rival. With his experience in F2, Christopher will undoubtedly be one of the favourites for the title and the Williams F1 test this year.”