Jokinen: Formula Two is the best thing that could have happened for me
19-year-old Danish driver Johan Jokinen has become the nineteenth racer to join the 2010 FIA Formula Two Championship.
Jokinen graduates to the series after starring on his Formula Two debut at the winter test in Valencia last December, setting the fastest time on the opening day. He continued his good form by topping another session in Portimao, Portugal, and remained a consistent frontrunner during the winter testing programme.
He raced in the F3 Euro Series with the Kolles and Heinz Union team in 2009, having previously finished fourth in the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series, where he scored one victory and four podium finishes. He also contested selected races in the ultra competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Prior to that, Jokinen enjoyed a superb maiden season in car racing by finishing as the overall runner-up in Formula Ford Denmark, claiming the Formula Ford Junior Cup in the process.
Johan Jokinen said: Formula Two is the best thing that could have happened for me at this stage of my career. Obviously the value for money is incredible when compared to other series and it gives me the chance to prove myself in equal equipment. I have been really impressed with the organisation of the championship and I would like to thank F2 and the Danish federation for making this opportunity possible. I feel at home with the people and the car in Formula Two the car feels great and testing went really well. Winning the title is my only goal of course at the beginning I will be targeting points and podiums, but ultimately I want to win the championship.
F2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer said: I am delighted that Johan has joined the F2 grid and am sure that he will make great use of the opportunity to have a truly competitive car at last. I was very impressed with Johans testing performances and expect him to be a regular visitor to the podium and have a realistic target of winning the championship. Should Johan do so, I have every confidence he will put in a fine performance with his Williams test.