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Ricardo Teixei crashes at Formula Two Marrakech – Click above to watch the video after the jump

They laughed when the FIA announced the new Formula 2 series, but preparations are under way with a talented roster of up-and-coming drivers already lining up. And with the sons of former racing legends – including names like Rosberg, Piquet and Villeneuve – already having made it into Formula 1, the new series has signed Henry Surtees to drive in its inaugural season.

After seeing our favorite IRL driver in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition win her first race, we were convinced that what motor racing needs is more female drivers. With the glass ceiling showing more and more cracks, we're encouraged by the news that Swiss rising star Natacha Gachnang will be among the drivers competing in the inaugural season of the new Formula 2 championship.

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.

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