Will Bratt is the latest driver to confirm that he will join the FIA Formula Two Championship for the 2010 season.
The British racer steps up to F2 after winning the Euroseries 3000 title last season, where he took four race wins, nine podiums and four pole positions in the series now known as Auto GP. Bratt impressively secured pole positions and race victories at Valencia (twice), Zolder and Monza all circuits that Formula Two will visit in 2010. The 21-year-old also went on to contest the GP2 Asia Series over the winter as part of his Euro 3000 championship prize.
In 2008, Bratt was a frontrunner in Formula 3 Spain and also enjoyed his first run in a GP2 car, where he set the second fastest time during a group test at Paul Ricard. Prior to this, the Oxford University graduate scored wins in Formula Renault 2.0 UK and finished as runner-up in the 2007 Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy. His car racing career began in the UK T-car series, where he won the title with 14 wins from just 18 races in 2004.
Will Bratt said: I’m really excited about the prospect of driving a Formula Two car. It’s one of the most high-profile and best-promoted championships on the international stage, plus it’s designed to produce a truly level playing field so the onus is on driving talent. Obviously, my aim is to learn the car as quickly as possible and enjoy some good, close and competitive racing but that’s not to underestimate the challenge by any means. My experience racing in Europe should certainly be beneficial but, having said that, we know itll be a very tough season.
Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Series Director, said: "It is great to see Will progress from Euro 3000 to a major international championship like Formula Two. I am sure that hell appreciate racing in a series where there is total equality of equipment for every driver something that Will has not always benefited from during his career. I first came across Will when he raced in Formula Palmer Audi and he was extremely quick, scoring a podium on his maiden weekend. It was clear to me then that Will had real talent and I am delighted to have another driver of his calibre in the 2010 F2 line-up."