"Joining Formula Two can only help my career," says Spanish F3 race winner
Nicola De Marco has today (09/01) become the latest addition to the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship line-up.
De Marco joins on the back of a successful season in Formula 3 Spain, where he won races at Albacete and Spa-Francorchamps - a circuit Formula Two will visit this year. De Marco guided his car to an impressive fourth in the overall championship despite a number of reliability issues, and recorded further top four finishes at Vallelunga and Magny-Cours. He also competed against fellow F2 driver Natacha Gachnang in the series.
18 year old De Marco only began his single seater career in 2006 in Formula Azzurra, where he immediately demonstrated race-winning pace by taking victory in three of the 14 races and finishing third in the final standings. Having made the step up to Formula 3 Italy in 2007, De Marco strung together a superb ten consecutive top-four finishes. He showed consistent improvement through the season, taking his maiden pole in race 14, and ended the year sixth in the championship.
Nicola said: "As soon as they told me about a championship whose strong point lies in the equality of the cars, leaving it up to the drivers to demonstrate their own ability, I understood right away that F2 was my destiny. I still have a lot to learn in racing, so competing on an equal footing against other talented drivers can only help me in the future. I'm certain that it will be a great championship, and I look forward to being able to race and confront myself with the other high calibre drivers that have signed up. Whatever I end up achieving in my career, I will always be able to say that I was one of the 24 drivers involved in the first season of the resurrected FIA Formula Two Championship."
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of championship organiser MotorSport Vision, added: "Nicola is another great asset to the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship, and I'm delighted to welcome him to the series. Not only is he a brilliant prospect at just 18 years of age, but his background, running at the front of both the Italian and Spanish F3 championships, is perfect."