Julien Jousse to join new FIA Formula Two Championship !

22 year-old Frenchman Julien Jousse took the runner-up spot and helped Tech 1 Racing clinch their second consecutive Team title in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2008. Next year, he will join the newly-launched FIA Formula Two Championship, which derives from the will of motor racing's governing body and its President Max Mosley to develop a new feeder series for Formula One.

"I am looking forward to testing this new Williams-designed Formula 2 car, which will be powered by a turbocharged Audi engine" said Jousse. " For mer F1 driver Jonathan Palmer's company, MotorSportVision, which was appointed to run the cars and operate the series, has a highly professional approach. We instantly got along together. Of course I will move to England to pursue my racing career."

Julien Jousse recently tested the GP2 car with Fisichella's FMS team and Trident Racing. "I ran over several options for 2009, such as graduating to the GP2 Series, following successful tests on a wet Paul Ricard circuit, or moving to Japan and becoming a professional Formula Nippon and GT racer. But in the end, I choose F2 because FIA's support is the key to the championship's future success, and because of the possibility to receive a Formula One test with Williams, which I came close to achieving this year with Renault... I also think that bringing the Formula Two name back to the sport as a stepping stone for Formula One is a major decision, regarding the challenging economic circumstances. Today it is essential for the sponsors to have a clear understanding of how drivers climb up the ladder and make it in F1."

MotorSportVision has agreed to the French driver's wish to make his sportscar racing debut besides his single-seater commitment. "My aim is to be racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of a GT1, LMP1 or LMP2 car. I am also considering Le Mans Series opportunities, but we haven't signed anything yet."

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