Head designs new F2 racer

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Williams design legend Patrick Head is leading the team creating the Formula 2 spec car that will reintroduce the category to contemporary motor sport next year.

Former F2 champion Jonathan Palmer, who has been tasked by the FIA to run the new series, revealed Head’s involvement during a presentation at Williams’ Grove base in October. Palmer’s MotorSport Vision company will run all 20 cars centrally, as it has done for the successful Formula Palmer Audi junior category.

The FIA commissioned the new F2 to be a cheaper alternative to other Grand Prix feeder formulas. Palmer said his series will cost £195,000 plus VAT for a season, “around one sixth of the budget for GP2”.

“The return of F2 after 25 years is an enormously significant time in the history of motor sport,” he said. “There is no doubt the FIA’s eagerness to create a prestigious high performance new championship at a radically low cost is perfectly timed.”

The car, built to 2005 FIA Formula 1 safety regulations, will be powered by a new 1.8-litre turbocharged Audi engine producing 400bhp. That pitches the series between Formula 3 and F1, close to the performance of Renault’s World Series. A power boost button will aid overtaking, offering a six-second burst of 50bhp 10 times during a race.

Palmer said: “The car will have a high level of downforce, but they will be able to follow each other closely. Forty per cent of the downforce will come from the underside of the car, just like GP2.”

Two 40-minute races will be run at eight events, the second race featuring a mandatory pitstop in which the driver must remain stationary for 10 seconds. At most events F2 will share the bill with the World Touring Car Championship.

Along with the cost, the biggest carrot for drivers will be a full Williams F1 test for the champion and entitlement to the FIA superlicence required to race in GPs.