Formula 2 boss defends the decision to introduce 2018 car

After drivers criticised the decision to adopt the new Formula 2 car for 2018, series boss Bruno Michel believes it was the 'right decision' despite problems with the machine

Formula 2 boss defends the decision to introduce 2018 car

Engine management and clutch issues have blighted the introduction of the new F2 2018, leading drivers like Artem Markelov to question its implementation.

"Of course it was the right decision," Michel told Autosport. "The other car was six-years-old and the engine was 12-years-old.

In-depth Q&A on F2 2018 with series chief Michel

"It was time to go to some kind of new technology.

"When you are introducing a new car you know you will always meet some small reliability issues at the very beginning.

"I discussed this with Artem and I told him I thought he was wrong and he agreed with that."

Michel believes that the car has played a role in the close racing featured in F2 to start the season.

The car appears comfortable in the turbulent air of other cars and overtaking has been regular in the first four rounds.

"What is for sure is that the way the car is designed has been a complete success in the way they can follow eachother and be in the tow," said Michel. "It's quite amazing.

"It's absolutely key with the kind of battles we want to have on the track.

"This car is really capable of producing some fantastic racing, and the regulation with it also helps to do strong racing.

"Whether it's better than the other one [the previous GP2 car], I don't know, but at least it is producing fantastic racing and that's what we want."

Halo has 'made its point'

After Tadasuke Makino's life-saving crash in Barcelona earlier this year, Bruno Michel believes the halo device has 'made its point'.

It was controversially implemented in Formula 1 and F2 for this season, with drivers claiming it was distracting and fans were upset with the appearance of the device.

But in Barcelona, the halo got its first real test in competition when the left-rear wheel of Nirei Fukuzumi's F2 2018 landed on Makino's halo. Without the device the wheel could have landed on the Japanese driver's head.

"When we started to design the new car last year and the FIA came up with the halo device, we were quite happy to be the first ones to fit it on our car, and at the beginning, people were talking about if it is efficient and does it look good," said Michel.

"At the end of the day it has been proving it is efficient and Barcelona was a very good example of that and nobody talks about it not looking good anymore.

"When there is something new in the look of the car there's always discussions, saying things like this.

"Now I think everyone has got used to it rapidly and it's made its point."

shares
comments
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F2
Author Jack Benyon
Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Plus

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come

FIA F2
Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Plus

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

FIA F2
Mar 25, 2021
How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance Plus

How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance

Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021

FIA F2
Jan 9, 2021
The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make Plus

The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make

The Ferrari Driver Academy earned a podium sweep in the first Formula 2 race of the new decade in Austria last weekend. The battle between 'the FDA five' is set to be one of the major subplots of the season, but who has the best F1 prospects for 2021?

FIA F2
Jul 8, 2020
The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong Plus

The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong

Dropped by his team in Japan and by Red Bull, Dan Ticktum's single-seater career seemed to be over last summer. But now he's on the Formula 2 grid with the reigning champion team, and he's a new protege of Williams. How did that happen?

FIA F2
Mar 20, 2020
The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe Plus

The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe

OPINION: In the latest in our series of features looking back the recently concluded 2010s, we recall one of the many sagas of the 2018 Formula 2 season, which featured unusual fines and an unsavoury clash between team-mates

FIA F2
Jan 3, 2020
The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status Plus

The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status

In the latest feature in our series looking back on the 2010s, we revisit Charles Leclerc's sensational Formula 2 season - where he strode among on-track highs and lows, as well as tragedy away from motorsport, to earn a place on the Formula 1 grid

FIA F2
Dec 26, 2019
Why F1 is no longer ignoring its feeder series Plus

Why F1 is no longer ignoring its feeder series

After the MotoGP-style Formula 1 support ladder was fully united for 2019, Bruno Michel and Ross Brawn share their views on the current state of Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 and explain why investment at junior levels should boost the top tier

FIA F2
Dec 13, 2019