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Hegewald Returns To F2 For Title Assault

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Tobias Hegewald has become the latest driver to return to the FIA Formula Two Championship.

The German follows Mirko Bortolotti by returning to F2 to try and win the title after a disappointing season in GP3.

Hegewald finished sixth in the inaugural season of F2 in 2009, including a dominant weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. His switch to GP3 for 2010 with Mucke Motorsport didn't work out, with a double points scoring weekend at Silverstone the only highlight as he finished down in 22nd in the standings.

The 21-year-old will be hoping to build upon his 2009 season as he returns to F2. His season will begin at the pre-season test at Silverstone next Tuesday.

I had a good time in F2, so I am happy to come back,” said Hegewald. “I know all the people here already so it’s like coming back home. My last season was not very successful so I hope to live up to my success which I had in my F2 year. I was asked quite often to come back and for me it was the best solution. I know the car, the tracks and all the environment. The car is fast and the budget is still affordable. All the people who work for F2 are very nice and friendly so it’s always a nice atmosphere.

“As I already said, my last season was quite unlucky. I want to do a good performance in the tests and then I can see where I am. I didn’t drive for a long time and I haven’t sat in a car since the last race, which was in the end of September, so I have to get my rhythm first.”

Series boss Jonathan Palmer is looking forward to see Hegewald back in action in F2. “Tobias produced some outstanding performances in our first season of F2, particularly at Spa where he drove quite brilliantly to dominate a really impressive field of drivers. He will undoubtedly demonstrate his talent again in the equal environment of F2, and I expect him to be a championship contender from the outset.”

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