2009 Formula Two race-winner returns for championship assault
21-year-old German racer Tobias Hegewald has confirmed that he will return to F2 in 2011 after a season competing in the inaugural GP3 series.
Tobias had an impressive campaign in the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship, finishing sixth overall and producing the most dominant performance of any driver that season when he proved unstoppable at Spa-Francorchamps. Remarkably, he was fastest in both practice sessions, both qualifying sessions and won both races, recording the fastest lap in each. He collected nine points finishes in total, including a further podium at Donington Park.
Tobias switched to GP3 for the 2010 season, the highlight being an excellent weekend supporting the Silverstone Grand Prix, where he claimed a fourth and sixth place respectively. He now returns to Formula Two to contest the 2011 championship, and will join the field at the first pre-season test, also at Silverstone, next Tuesday:
I had a good time in F2, so I am happy to come back, commented Tobias. 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!
F2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer said: 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."