SubjectFormula BMW Europe: Entry List for 2010. Munich. When the third season of Formula BMW Europe gets underway in Spain in May there will be 13 different nationalities represented, and in the line up will be seven of the drivers from 2009...
SubjectFormula BMW Europe: Entry List for 2010.
Munich. When the third season of Formula BMW Europe gets underway in Spain in May there will be 13 different nationalities represented, and in the line up will be seven of the drivers from 2009 back to take part in what has proved an ultra competitive series.
The new names from the world of karting have yet to prove how they will cope with the step up into single seater racing. However, the Rookies from last year did this with no problems, and now four of them are back and aiming for overall honours in their second season in the series. Those returning are Rookie Cup winner, Robin Frijns (NL), Jack Harvey (GB), George Katsinis (GR) and Timmy Hansen (SE). It is certain they will have fierce competition from the top rookie from the Formula BMW Americas series, Michael Lewis (US), who will want to show them what he has learnt while racing on the other side of the pond.
While several of the competitors from the first two seasons of Formula BMW Europe, including 2009 winner Felipe Nasr (BR), are ready for the step up into Formula 3, Cô me Ledogar (FR), Facu Regalia (AR) and Javier Tarancon (ES) are also back for another season in the series. Fahmi Ilyas (MY) is also a regular Formula BMW competitor, but is swapping Formula BMW Pacific for the European series where he raced as a guest driver in Valencia.
The first time all the drivers are able to size up the opposition will be on the 9/10 March in Monza where the first official test for the series takes place. The dates for all of the other pre-season tests are 21/22 March Barcelona, 6/7 April Silverstone, 12/13 April Spa-Francorchamps, 20/21 April Zandvoort, 25/26 May Budapest and 1/2 June Hockenheim.
In past years, Formula BMW has proven to be the ideal springboard into the world of Formula One for many drivers. Last season alone, five former BMW drivers lined up in this series - and with great success. Nico Rosberg (DE), Timo Glock (DE), Adrian Sutil (DE) and Sebastien Buemi (CH) all scored World Championship points. Sebastian Vettel (DE) even celebrated four Grand Prix victories and finished the season as runner-up in the Drivers' Championship, behind Jenson Button (GB). Nicolas Hulkenberg (DE) and Bruno Senna (BR) will join the quintet in 2010 as regular F1 drivers. A number of other Formula BMW graduates can also hope to get a taste of Formula One as test and reserve drivers
No Driver Team
4 Robin Frijns (NL) Josef Kaufmann Racing
5 Hannes Van Asseldonk (NL) (R) Josef Kaufmann Racing
6 Petri Suvanto (FI) (R) Josef Kaumann Racing
7 Marciej Bernacik (PL) (R) Mu cke-Motorsport
8 Timmy Hansen (SE) Mu cke-Motorsport
11 Daniil Kyvat (RU) (R) Eurointernational
12 Carlos Sainz (ES) (R) Eurointernational
14 Michael Lewis (US) Eurointernational
15 Javier Tarancon (ES) DAMS
17 Fahmi Ilyas (MY) DAMS
18 Facu Regalia (AR) Eifelland Racing
19 Cô me Ledogar (FR) Eifelland Racing
20 Marc Coleselli (AT) (R) Eifelland Racing
24 Jack Harvey (GB) Fortec Motorsports
25 George Katsinis (GR) Fortec Motorsports
-source: fbmw eu