De Marco returns to F2 for 2010

Nicola de Marco is to return to Formula 2 for a second season

De Marco returns to F2 for 2010

The 19-year-old Italian took a pole position and two podiums on the way to 10th in the inaugural championship last year, and is confident that with this experience under his belt, he can be a season-long frontrunner in 2010.

"This year could be very good for me - I know the car, I know the series, so it's possible to put together a very good championship," he said.

"I finished last year very strongly with my best result in the final race, and I also had some good results along the way, so for sure I'm only looking at winning the title.

"It will be difficult of course, but for me Formula 2 is the best championship and gives me the best opportunity to progress, so it's great to be coming back."

Series boss Jonathan Palmer also expects de Marco to return stronger this year.

"He finished the F2 season as the fastest Italian driver and is being entirely realistic to believe he can take the title in 2010," Palmer said.

"One of the youngest drivers in F2, Nicola had a tough time last year combining his university studies with racing but will be more relaxed and confident this season. Capable of blistering pace and great consistency, I have no doubt Nicola will be a regular podium visitor in 2010."

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