This weekend sees the reinvigorated Formula 2 Championship begin its second season since its 2009 revamp. The series kicks off at Silverstone; the first of nine rounds that also takes in events at circuits such as Monza, Zolder, Portimao and Brands Hatch amongst others as a support to the World Touring Car Championship, although the Silverstone event is a stand alone race for the series. This year will also see the Formula 2 machines stepping outside of Europe for the first time as they will be racing at the Marrakech Street Circuit in Morocco in two weeks time.
As with AutoGP and the F3 EuroSeries, some questions have been raised about the true depth of talent in the F2 Championship and its future direction with several participants from the 2009 campaign having either gone down a level to GP3 or the World Series by Renault Championship or stepped sideways to GP2 in order to further their careers. The 2009 Champion, Andy Soucek, has since claimed a test and reserve role at the Virgin F1 team and will not be returning to the series. One thing is for certain – the series will most certainly not wish to see a repeat of the accident that claimed the life of 18 year-old Henry Surtees.
Formula 2 will once again be broadcast on Eurosport throughout the season, with coverage also available from the official website.