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2009 FIA Formula Two Championship season

2009 FIA Formula Two season
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The 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship season was the first year of the relaunched FIA Formula Two Championship. The championship began on 30 May at the Circuit de Valencia and finished on 1 November at the Circuit de Catalunya, after eight double-header rounds. Andy Soucek was a dominant champion, finishing over 50 points clear of runner-up Robert Wickens.

Background & championship format

The series saw the drivers using a chassis that was built at the WilliamsF1 team's headquarters at Grove in Oxfordshire. It was named as the JPH1, incorporating the initials of series boss Jonathan Palmer and Patrick Head, engineering director for Williams.[1] The car was given two shakedown tests at Palmer's Bedford Autodrome by Steven Kane,[2] before the car was officially launched on 2 March at Brands Hatch – the headquarters of MotorSport Vision, who run all the cars in the series.[3]

At each event there were two 30-minute practice sessions, two 30-minute qualifying sessions and two races of varying length; the distances for each announced prior to each race weekend. Points were awarded to the top eight drivers in the race, and were awarded in the same system as Formula One: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1, and only a driver's best fourteen scores counted towards the championship.[4] That said, no driver had to drop scores in the championship due to all of them having two or more non-points-scoring races.

The winner of the FIA Formula Two Championship received a full test with the AT&T Williams F1 team, which was run in such a way as to seriously evaluate the driver with regard to their potential as a Formula One driver. Drivers finishing in the first three places in the final classification of the Formula Two Championship qualified for an FIA Super Licence.

Drivers

File:Henry Surtees 2009 F2 Brands Hatch 3.jpg
The season was overshadowed by the fatal accident suffered by Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch. All the cars carried a tribute to Surtees for the rest of the season.
Car # Driver[8] Sponsor(s) Rounds
2 23x15px Sebastian Hohenthal[9] Mafi Sweden Team All
3 23x15px Jolyon Palmer[10] Comma All
4 23x15px Julien Jousse[11] E.Leclerc All
5 23x15px Alex Brundle[12] SEN/GAC/Nasstar All
6 Template:Country data IND Armaan Ebrahim[13] JK Racing All
7 23x15px Henry Surtees[14] Surtees 1–4
8 23x15px Tobias Hegewald[15] Interwetten All
9 23x15px Pietro Gandolfi[16] Piscine Laghetto All
10 23x15px Nicola de Marco[17] I.T.A.S Spa All
11 23x15px Jack Clarke[18] KSS Design Group All
12 23x15px Robert Wickens[11] Red Bull/Lukoil All
14 23x15px Mirko Bortolotti[19] Red Bull All
15 23x15px Mikhail Aleshin[20] Red Bull/Lukoil All
16 23x15px Edoardo Piscopo[21] Auto Capital 1–7
17 23x15px Carlos Iaconelli[22] Iaconelli.com 1–7
18 23x16px Natacha Gachnang[23] Motorex All
20 23x15px Jens Höing[24] HASKAMP & Societe Generale All
21 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas[25] Darsena Management All
22 23x15px Andy Soucek[26] FK-Automotive All
23 23x15px Henri Karjalainen[27] Everyman LTC Rakennus All
24 23x15px Tom Gladdis[28] Marrache & Co All
25 23x15px Miloš Pavlović[29] Bobby Tech All
27 23x15px Germán Sánchez[30] Go Karts Orihuela Costa All
31 23x15px Jason Moore[31] Olney Tyres & Exhausts All
33 23x15px Philipp Eng[32] European Racing Events All
38 23x15px Tristan Vautier[33] Mediaco 8
44 23x15px Ollie Hancock[34] Race2Win — The Drivers Club 5–8

Driver changes

Entering FIA Formula Two Championship
Midseason changes

† – Surtees was fatally injured after an accident, during the second race at the fourth round at Brands Hatch.[35][36] Surtees' slot was filled by Ollie Hancock after round five.[34]

Testing Results

The first group test was held on 6 May, at Snetterton in Norfolk. In the morning, 21 of the series' 24 drivers were within a second of each other. Two sessions were held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There was another group test at Silverstone on 18 May, with two dry sessions and one wet session. Two other test days were held during the session, one at Donington Park, and one at Circuit de Catalunya.

Calendar

The Formula Two calendar consists of eight rounds with two races at each event.[38]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Supporting
1 R1 Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 23x15px Spain 30 May WTCC Race of Spain
R2 31 May
2 R1 Masaryk Circuit, Brno 23x15px Czech Republic 20 June WTCC Race of the Czech Republic
R2 21 June
3 R1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 23x15px Belgium 27 June International GT Open
R2 28 June
4 R1 Brands Hatch, Kent 23x15px United Kingdom 18 July WTCC Race of UK
R2 19 July
5 R1 Donington Park 23x15px United Kingdom 16 August Stand-alone event
R2
6 R1 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 23x15px Germany 5 September WTCC Race of Germany
R2 6 September
7 R1 Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 23x15px Italy 19 September WTCC Race of Italy
R2 20 September
8 R1 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 23x15px Spain 31 October International GT Open
R2 1 November

Results

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Report
1 R1 23x15px Valencia 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Robert Wickens Report
R2 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas 23x15px Robert Wickens
2 R1 23x15px Brno 23x15px Nicola de Marco 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Mirko Bortolotti Report
R2 23x15px Henry Surtees 23x15px Nicola de Marco 23x15px Andy Soucek
3 R1 23x15px Spa-Francorchamps 23x15px Tobias Hegewald 23x15px Tobias Hegewald 23x15px Tobias Hegewald Report
R2 23x15px Tobias Hegewald 23x15px Tobias Hegewald 23x15px Tobias Hegewald
4 R1 23x15px Brands Hatch 23x15px Philipp Eng 23x15px Mirko Bortolotti 23x15px Philipp Eng Report
R2 23x15px Andy Soucek 23x15px Andy Soucek 23x15px Andy Soucek
5 R1 23x15px Donington Park 23x15px Tobias Hegewald 23x15px Julien Jousse 23x15px Andy Soucek Report
R2 23x15px Julien Jousse 23x15px Julien Jousse 23x15px Julien Jousse
6 R1 23x15px Oschersleben 23x15px Andy Soucek 23x15px Andy Soucek 23x15px Andy Soucek Report
R2 23x15px Mikhail Aleshin 23x15px Miloš Pavlović 23x15px Mikhail Aleshin
7 R1 23x15px Imola 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas Report
R2 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Andy Soucek
8 R1 23x15px Catalunya 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Jason Moore 23x15px Andy Soucek Report
R2 23x15px Robert Wickens 23x15px Andy Soucek 23x15px Andy Soucek

Championship Standings

Pos Driver VAL
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BRN
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SPA
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BRH
23x15px
DON
23x15px
OSC
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IMO
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CAT
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Points
1 23x15px Andy Soucek Ret 4 17 1 4 2 2 1 1 4 1 2 3 1 1 1 115
2 23x15px Robert Wickens 1 1 9 Ret Ret 3 4 2 Ret Ret 8 4 4 2 Ret 3 64
3 23x15px Mikhail Aleshin 4 6 2 Ret 18 8 10 3 2 7 5 1 7 Ret 2 7 59
4 23x15px Mirko Bortolotti 6 2 1 Ret 9 9 Ret 5 10 3 2 Ret 2 Ret 6 Ret 50
5 23x15px Julien Jousse 5 10 5 2 3 6 19 9 7 1 Ret 3 10 Ret 4 8 49
6 23x15px Tobias Hegewald Ret 9 15 7 1 1 15 6 3 6 Ret 6 Ret 4 9 5 46
7 23x15px Kazim Vasiliauskas 3 20 Ret 8 10 7 5 12 Ret 2 3 7 1 Ret 8 4 45
8 23x15px Philipp Eng 12 3 3 9 Ret Ret 1 4 5 10 Ret Ret 5 10 5 9 39
9 23x15px Miloš Pavlović Ret 17 Ret 5 2 4 7 Ret Ret 8 Ret 21 6 3 10 19 29
10 23x15px Nicola de Marco 9 5 12 3 13 11 9 Ret Ret Ret 6 5 Ret 9 11 2 25
11 23x15px Carlos Iaconelli 2 8 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 17 Ret 9 4 10 Ret 5 21
12 23x15px Edoardo Piscopo Ret 7 7 4 8 14 8 7 4 Ret 12 8 13 Ret 19
13 23x15px Tristan Vautier 3 6 9
14 23x15px Henry Surtees 7 12 Ret Ret 15 Ret 3 Ret 8
15 23x15px Henri Karjalainen 17 15 4 16 7 15 11 18 15 13 Ret 15 11 15 16 17 7
16 23x15px Sebastian Hohenthal 10 13 Ret 12 17 12 Ret 14 6 5 17 9 9 12 Ret Ret 7
17 Template:Country data IND Armaan Ebrahim 15 16 6 6 DNS Ret Ret 10 8 Ret 9 13 Ret Ret 12 10 7
18 23x15px Jack Clarke 13 19 Ret 15 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 14 7 Ret 14 14 17 14 6
19 23x15px Alex Brundle 8 23 11 Ret Ret 5 Ret 11 14 Ret Ret 11 17 Ret 15 12 5
20 23x15px Tom Gladdis 19 18 8 10 6 Ret 13 13 17 Ret 16 17 16 13 14 15 4
21 23x15px Jolyon Palmer 21 Ret 10 14 16 Ret 12 16 16 12 15 19 12 6 13 11 3
22 23x15px Jason Moore 16 14 13 11 Ret DNS 16 8 11 Ret 14 20 18 7 19 16 3
23 23x16px Natacha Gachnang 11 Ret 14 Ret 11 13 14 15 13 Ret 11 12 15 Ret 7 13 2
24 23x15px Germán Sánchez 14 11 16 Ret 12 Ret 17 Ret 12 11 Ret 16 8 8 DNS DNS 2
25 23x15px Ollie Hancock 10 18 Ret 11 Ret 11 18 18 0
26 23x15px Jens Höing 18 21 Ret 13 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 21 0
27 23x15px Pietro Gandolfi 20 22 Ret Ret 14 17 18 Ret Ret 15 NC 22 Ret Ret Ret 20 0
Pos Driver VAL
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BRN
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SPA
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BRH
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DON
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OSC
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IMO
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CAT
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Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

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