Trio of international drivers join FIA Formula Two Championship
A trio of international drivers are the latest names to sign up for the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship: A1GP Team India rookie Armaan Ebrahim, 2008 Formula Palmer Champion Jason Moore and Formula Renault Eurocup graduate Tobias Hegewald.
Armaan Ebrahim is the first Asian driver to sign up for Formula Two, following spells in GP2 Asia and the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The 19 year-old from Chennai, India, made history in 2005 when he became the youngest driver ever to win the Indian National Formula LGB Single Seater Championship. Since then he has also competed in Formula V6 Asia - finishing second in 2007 - and GP2 Asia, as well as achieving 22 caps for A1GP Team India.
20 year-old Jason Moore is the first British driver to join F2, graduating to the FIA-backed series after winning the 2008 Formula Palmer Audi Championship in only his second season of single seater racing. The Bedford-based driver, a double British karting champion, scored six race victories and a further eight podium finishes during his FPA title-winning campaign.
Ebrahim and Moore will be joined on the Formula Two grid by German driver Tobias Hegewald. 19 year-old Hegewald competed in both the Formula Renault NEC and Formula Renault Eurocup in 2007/8. He finished second in the 2007 NEC Championship, scoring three wins and seven podiums, which he followed up with third place overall in 2008. Hegewald also competed in this year's Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy.
Armaan Ebrahim said: "The F2 Championship is a bold and revolutionary concept that benefits drivers like myself and could end up changing the landscape of motor racing across the world. At the end of last year we were looking at future options and couldn't see past it: the budget is realistic, all the cars are equal so it's completely down to the driver, and of course there's the affiliation with the FIA and AT&T Williams F1. A lot of people in India want to see it work, and I think it will appeal to talented drivers across the world. It's going to be very close and very exciting!"
Jason Moore said: "I'm looking forward to staking my claim as the top Brit in F2. It looks like being one of the best championships around and a lot of good young drivers will be involved. The offer of a test with the AT&T Williams F1 team is fantastic, my ultimate aspiration is Formula One and it's great that F2 offers a clear path to the top. I can certainly see F2 growing in the next few years - it could well be the series everyone wants to be in."
The signing of Ebrahim, Moore and Hegewald follows an announcement earlier this week that Julien Jousse and Robert Wickens will also compete in the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship.