The Formula 2 2023 season is shaping up to be the most anticipated one yet. With new regulations and drivers expect the drama to ensue.
The 2023 Formula 2 season is set to be the biggest season in the series’ history. With the new regulations, tracks, and drivers, here are five reasons why viewers should be excited about the upcoming season.
1. Regulation Changes
In September 2022, Formula 2 announced that they would use 55% sustainable fuel to power the cars beginning in 2023. The change comes as the FIA plans to use 100% fuel from 2026 onwards and create a more eco-friendly way of racing. Drivers will have the opportunity to test the new engine in February and see how reliable they are.
2. Formula 3 Graduates
Like last year, several drivers from the 2022 Formula 3 series will graduate to Formula 2 for the upcoming campaign. Formula 3 stars Ollie Bearman and Zane Maloney will race alongside other graduates who endured a less successful year such as Brad Benavides, Kush Maini, and Arthur Leclerc.
As evidenced by 2021 F3 champion Dennis Hauger, success in Formula 2 isn’t guaranteed despite performance in Formula 3. It will be interesting to see how the rookies compare to the more experienced drivers.
Really excited to finally announce i’ll be graduating to @Formula2 with @PREMA_Team !!!
It will be a big challenge but i can’t wait to get going. And of course a huge thanks to everyone for the support!
Next stop- Abu Dhabi!! pic.twitter.com/GP1jVHqsUR
— Ollie Bearman (@OllieBearman) November 14, 2022
3. New Track
For the first time since the inaugural season in 2017, Formula 2 will be racing in Melbourne with Formula 1 and 3. As seen in the Formula 1 races, Albert Park can be a tricky circuit to navigate despite the talent the drivers have. Since F2 drivers are much younger and less experienced, how will they fare?
4. MP Motorsport look to retain their title
MP Motorsport was able to claim the Team Championship at the last race in Abu Dhabi by a narrow margin of eight points over Carlin. It was MP Motorsport’s first championship after years in the midfield, and the team is hoping to retain the title in 2023.
Although it is yet to be confirmed who will take the second and final seat, they already have a championship contender driver in Hauger. However, PREMA should challenge for the top once again with a strong lineup in Bearman and Frederik Vesti.
5. Tight championship battles
Throughout the six seasons, Formula 2 has impressed with some incredible championship battles. With both new and old drivers challenging for the 2023 title and the introduction of a new track, there will be several championship contenders.
With eight drivers still left to be confirmed, the field is already back to training as they prepare for the upcoming test in Bahrain. Which drivers will you be rooting for? What are you most excited about for the 2023 season?