Armaan Ebrahim has announced that he will continue in the FIA Formula Two Championship for a third season, saying that he is aiming to fight for the title this time around.
The 21-year-old Indian was pleased with the progress that he made in the 2010 season, in which he scored points in eight of the nine race weekends on his way to tenth in the final standings. He finished the year in top form by qualifying in the top three for both races and going on to score his maiden podium finish in the first race.
“I'm really happy to be returning to F2 in 2011,” he said. “There are some legendary circuits on the calendar this year and my confidence is high following last year, so I can't wait for the season to begin.”
Ebrahim believes that with motorsport growing in popularity in his home nation, a good season in F2 will put him in a healthy position for the future. “With Formula One coming to India this year, interest is at an all-time high and if I can do a good job it will hopefully help me for the future. I proved last year that I can be fast, especially in Valencia where I sorted out my qualifying and then scored a podium, so the key will be to repeat that performance straight from the start of 2011 – and repeat it consistently. I've improved every year in F2, and I want to keep that going, so victories and the championship are definitely the target.”
He added that he felt that a third season of F2 would allow him to move on to GP2 and beyond. “After detailed evaluations with my internal team and my core sponsors, JK Tyre, CSEPL and Amaron, we decided that one more year in F2 is the best option for me to do well, win the championship if possible and then get organised for the GP2 Series in 2012 as well as an opening for a test drive with a Formula 1 team. F2 surely prepares you well for GP2 as well as F1 and it is a great and very competitive series to take part in.”
Formula Two Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said that he was pleased that Ebrahim would be continuing to be a part of the F2 grid. “I’m delighted Armaan will be returning for a third season of F2. He has shown great race craft throughout his time in the championship, and progressed impressively at the end of 2010 to claim a maiden podium in Valencia. F2 is certainly the ideal place for Armaan as he pursues a place on the GP2 grid in 2012, and I expect him to be a definite championship contender this year.”