Formula Two heads for season finale in Barcelona
Andy Soucek set to celebrate championship victory at home event
The final round of the FIA Formula Two Championship will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, next weekend (30 October 1 November), where Andy Soucek will be formally crowned as the first F2 champion in 25 years after a remarkable season. By winning the title Soucek has been awarded a full test with the AT&T Williams F1 in December, and will also qualify for an FIA Superlicence, required to compete in Formula One. The Spaniard celebrated in style by claiming his fifth victory of the year in race two at Imola last month, and he will be hoping to finish his championship winning season on a high in front of his home fans.
The second and third place finishers in this years championship will also qualify for an FIA Superlicence, and theres still everything to play for next weekend as eight drivers are still in contention. Red Bull-backed Canadian Robert Wickens currently occupies second in the standings, but his Junior Team colleagues Mikhail Aleshin and Mirko Bortolotti are only nine and 11 points behind respectively. The trio will also have to fend off the challenge from previous race winners Julien Jousse, Tobias Hegewald, Kazim Vasiliauskas and Philipp Eng, whilst Serbian Milo Pavlović who made a welcome return to the podium in Imola – has an outside chance if circumstances go his way.
Jolyon Palmer and Germán Sánchez both scored their maiden F2 points finish in Imola and the duo will be hoping to build on that success in Barcelona. Nicola De Marco and Natacha Gachnang also return to a circuit they know well having competed alongside Sánchez in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship in 2008 – Gachnang will be looking to end her maiden international campaign next weekend by scoring her first Formula Two points finish.
Barcelona will also see 20-year-old Tristan Vautier make his debut in Formula Two, in place of Edoardo Piscopo. Frenchman Vautier joins on the back of a highly successful campaign in Formula Palmer Audi where he scored six race victories and three further podium finishes, taking fourth in the final standings.
An official test session will take place at the Barcelona circuit on Monday 26 October, where all 25 drivers have the chance to gain vital experience on the circuit before free practice commences on Thursday. The final two races of the season will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and Sundays race will be followed by a championship presentation for Andy Soucek.
Both races will be screened live on Eurosport and at the official website www.formulatwo.com, with live timing and text commentary available for all practice sessions, qualifying sessions and races.