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The international motor racing community was shocked when the FIA announced it is accepting tenders to revive the long-departed Formula 2 series. Trouble is, Formula 2 isn't dead... it's just changed names over the years. In 1985 it was relabeled Formula 3000 before being taken over by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and Renault team principal Flavio Briatore, who turned it into the current GP2 series in 2005.

The FIA's plan calls for an additional feeder-series to be formed to run in competition to the aforementioned GP2 and other junior formulae like A1GP and F3. However the revived F2 series, as envisioned by the FIA proposal, calls for a much lower operating cost of €200,000 per car, per season – far lower than GP2 (which costs approximately €1.5m per season) or even the lower-rung Formula BMW, which demands nearly €300k to race. Insiders view this as a clear provocation from the FIA against Ecclestone. We'll just have to see how it all plays out.

[Source: autosport.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Get rid of that racist Max Mosley first before you start something new. Seriously, Max Mosley is the root of all problems.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Clearly this "F2" revival is a way for Max and the FIA to piss-off Bernie Eccelstone who have recently vocally criticized him, and a political mind-game to pressure the teams and Bernie regarding 2010 Concorde agreement.

        F1 already has a very successful feeder series "GP2", every winner and runner-up since its inception have found F1 seats (Hamilton, Kovalainen, Glock, Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Di Grassi-'Renault test driver'). The problem is of course that GP2 isn't controlled by Max or the FIA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A1GP isn't junior, any more than IRL is junior. It's just a different series. I'm not saying the drivers are as good as in F1, but regardless it isn't a feeder.

      Is it just me or does it seem like this whole series is going to be funded from the new super license points fees?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good idea since F1 racing has been so predictably boring for the last decade.

      Just keep the auto companies out of F2 and the the operating cost should be easier for the FIA to control.