F2 announces Winter Testing plans
Championship travels to Portugal and Spain in December for four days of testing
Following a highly successful and intensely competitive second season of competition in 2010, the FIA Formula Two Championship is running a four-day winter test programme in Portugal and Spain this December.
The tests are open to any driver subject to F2 approval, and will run at Portimão - recently reinstalled as an F1 test venue - and Barcelona, Spain's most prestigious racing circuit.
Drivers will have the chance to test in the sophisticated Williams-designed JPH1B F2 car, which incorporates a cockpit-adjustable front wing and anti-roll bar, paddle shift gearbox and overboost facility which takes power up to 480bhp in six second bursts.
2010 FIA Formula Two Championship - Winter Testing
Algarve - Portimão, Portugal - 2/3 December Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain - 9/10 December
New drivers will receive a detailed briefing on the F2 cars and their operating systems, with full support being provided from expert F2 engineers. Every driver will also be able to compare their data to the data from the overall fastest lap in each and every session, providing total transparency and creating an ideal learning environment.
Drivers will also benefit from full onboard videos throughout the testing programme, with the ability to overlay their video with that of the fastest driver from each and every session.
Two new sets of tyres will be made available per day, and drivers will also have the ability to bring family, guests or sponsors with full F2 hospitality being provided throughout.
Formula Two held a similar test programme in the winter of 2009, which met with great acclaim from all who participated. In total 25 drivers got to grips with the Williams JPH1 F2 car, with 12 progressing onto the 2010 F2 grid.