some news from the past few days. I know I’ve been silent on the blog front, which is mainly because I am not in a position to dedicate my whole life to motor racing. Not yet, anyway.
Daniel McKenzie has become the latest F2 signee, and the third British driver in the series. McKenzie (no relation to BBC reporter Lee) drove a disappointing campaign for Comtec in Formula Renault last season, and will be hoping for much better this year. He was 2009 British F3 national class champion, which had four regular drivers, and in 2010 came 9th in the main series for Fortec, picking up two wins on the way. F2 has a reputation for slow cars and slower drivers, but hopefully the new car will make things much more exciting.
Moto GP champion Jorge Lorenzo had the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to Addax, when he had a test in the first edition of the GP2 car at Valencia. The car ran in the series from 2005-2007. Lorenzo has no plans to leave Moto GP, so we’re not likely to see another John Surtees any time soon – Surtees being the only driver to win motorbike and car world championships.
FIA Formula Three
The FIA have begun to reform F3, replacing the existing FIA Formula 3 Trophy with the FIA European F3 Championship. This has been set up as a direct predecessor to F2, with the top three drivers getting tests in the series. The winner will also get to test a Ferrari F1 car, while the runner-up will test in DTM.
It seems from the dates given that the European F3 championship will replace the F3 Euro Series, as there are only a few differences between the calendars. The FIA are clearly trying to break free from GP2 and GP3 so that they can re-establish control over the path young drivers take to F1. With Renault also providing a route through the World Series, this will only make it more confusing to compare young drivers.