24 year old hoping to end Sweden's wait for next F1 star Swedish driver Sebastian Hohenthal has today (18/12) been announced as the seventh competitor to sign up for the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship. Hohenthal has been competing in the...
24 year old hoping to end Sweden's wait for next F1 star
Swedish driver Sebastian Hohenthal has today (18/12) been announced as the seventh competitor to sign up for the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship.
Hohenthal has been competing in the British F3 International Series for the last two years - taking a total of two wins and eight podiums. He also won the 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, scoring seven victories.
The 24 year old Swede said: "I'm delighted to be joining Formula Two in 2009. For me the new F2 championship couldn't have been any better timed and with Williams being involved in the project, there is no doubt that the cars will be fantastic as well."
Hohenthal already has his eyes on the championship prize of a Williams F1 test drive as he seeks to emulate the success of previous F2 frontrunners from his homeland: "F2 has a proud history and next year we will race at great circuits with strong competition," said Hohenthal. "I look up to drivers like Ronnie Peterson, who became something of a national hero when he graduated to Formula One having won the Formula Two Championship in 1971. It has been a long time since Sweden has had a driver in F1, but hopefully I can end the wait.
"I have a lot of belief in the car, the management and the talent of the other drivers, people like Robert Wickens and Julien Jousse. I'm really excited to be in a championship that will be brilliant preparation for Formula One."
Jonathan Palmer, CEO of championship organiser MSV, said: "I'm really delighted to welcome Sebastian to Formula Two. F2 is the perfect environment for talented drivers like Sebastian, who may have struggled to raise the substantial budget required to compete in other series. Having enjoyed racing against my good friend Stefan Johansson back in the 1982 F2 series, I'm also delighted that Sweden once again has a great F1 prospect in Formula Two."