F2 Splits From WTCC, Releases 2011 Calendar

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

  • Now that’s a proper calendar for a series that bills itself as a step down from F1.

    Following the WTCC around is OK, but the tracks for 2011 are a step up from Zolder, Oschersleben, Brno et al

  • Frank FLM

    I would not go as far as to say that F2 is just a step down from F1 just because it has the same name (Formula) On the contrary it is more far away from F1 than GP-2 which is the real breading pool for F1.

    I think that specially for the drivers sponsors F2 is becoming less valuable.
    The series they will be joining surely has lots less spectators and on top of that the F2 is also abandoning their co-operation with Europsort and move to Motors TV, which is a great channel for the motorsport fans, but it is hardly available on any of the standard cable TV packages.

    I think F2 is a nice championship, however i think the cars should be run by proper teams instead of all cars by 1 crew where on the other hand one could argue that this makes it a drivers championship…

    Anyway, i don’t think F2 is doing itself favors by dropping the WTCC Framework.
    But probably it is a financial issue for the organiser.

  • When F2 was set up is was planned as a step down from F1. I know as well as you do that it’s not really in that role – it’s still GP2 that follows F1 around – but F2 still has aspirations.

    Whether or not the move from the WTCC is a good move is up for discussion. Obviously they aren’t going to have the “free” TV coverage they got by sharing a paddock with the Touring Cars, but it depends on who they end up with. From the look of the tracks it could – COULD – be the FIA GT1s for some of the races. If so they’d probably get some coverage – there is already live coverage of the GT1 and GT3 races, so it’s not a big jump to put something together for F2. If they are sharing with smaller series – especially if they don’t appear on the same package regularly – they’re in trouble.

  • The quality of the drivers will be the way to judge it. They were good in 2009, but there were no Souceks, Wickens or Aleshins in 2010. Stoneman could not have won GP3, Euro F3 or British F3 if he had done them instead this year. Hoepfully it improves next year.