Another season of FIA Formula 2 racing gets underway at Silverstone this weekend with a new set of determined young chargers all eager to prove their worth on the single-seater ladder and catch the attention of an influential team boss or two.
Last year's top four drivers; Dean Stoneman, Jolyon Palmer, Sergei Afanasiev and Kazim Vasiliauskas, have upped sticks and moved on to pastures new, leaving a curious blend of experienced and rookie drivers to scrap for the championship and the bonus prize that comes with it of a Williams Formula 1 test and eligibility for an FIA Superlicence.
For the first time since the series' revival in 2009, F2 will not appear on the World Touring Car Championship support package. Instead, Jonathan Palmer's series will go it alone and headline events at eight tracks - including five current grand prix venues - between now and October. That means 16 races featuring drivers from 12 different countries, all determined to make their mark.