The FIA has announced that the concept for Formula 2 will be unveiled in the next two months, as the launch of the official F1 support category grows ever closer.
While rumours have circulated that Alfa Romeo could be due to return to motorsport with F2, FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali has suggested that the category could adopt the same engine rules as DTM in order to promote competition between Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The German national touring car championship, along with Super GT, is set to move to four-cylinder, two-litre turbos in 2017.
Speaking to Autosport, Domenicali commented: “I would say that now the biggest challenge is how we will cope with the F2 project in order for it to be in the middle of Formula 3 and Formula 1. That’s the very challenge we need to work on.”
“We are discussing with all the different manufacturers – engine and chassis and so on – and we need to go official with a tender to see what will be the real interest of the major stakeholders, and this is the objective that I am pushing the Commission to find a good proposal within the next couple of months, so I want to be very proactive on that.”
“Turbo is the future, hybrid technology is the future – now we need to go back to see the level of cost that the system is able to accept. That is the key point, and this has to be thought through carefully not to make a mistake.”
Domenicali also suggested that there need not be direct competition between F2 and GP2, instead providing an alternative and equally rewarding route for young drivers to rise through the ranks.
Following a 25 year absence, the FIA Formula Two Championship was resurrected in 2009 and ran until 2012. Unlike its previous incarnation, the category was a one make series, with cars designed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering and powered by a 1.8L turbocharged Audi engine.