It's really happened - an entire championship from birth to opening round in under nine months. This weekend, 25 Formula 2 cars have made it from the drawing board to Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit for the first race of the series' revival.
The concept has had its critics since it was announced last year, and now it will finally get the chance to answer back. There have been plenty of areas of doubt over the winter - some questioned whether the ambitious brief to create an international championship with a running budget of £200,000 was even possible.
Any fears that the cars wouldn't be quick enough have been dispelled, depending on your interpretation of where the championship fits into the ladder. The performance is some way off that of GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5, and any hopes that it will rival those series - particularly GP2 - are extremely bold, at least at this early stage.
Far more realistic is its place alongside Formula 3 and Formula Master, the latter with which it shares the World Touring Car support bill, and lap times across those three categories are in the same ball park.
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