New F2 championship to be ex-Ferrari F1 boss Domenicali's focus

The FIA's new Formula 2 championship will become one of the main focuses of ex-Formula 1 team boss Stefano Domenicali in his role as president of the Single Seater Commission

New F2 championship to be ex-Ferrari F1 boss Domenicali's focus

A 'future FIA F2 championship' was included on the FIA's new superlicence qualification criteria published at the start of this week.

Outgoing FIA Single Seater Commission president Gerhard Berger's stint at the helm included the reintroduction of an FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the crystallisation of the new Formula 4 concept for national and regional series.

Now the Commission is to investigate ways of bringing back F2, but has no fixed idea on the concept.

The Commission's Frederic Bertrand told AUTOSPORT: "The target is to finish the ladder and the timeframe for this is the next subject on our schedule.

"I'm sure this has to be discussed with Stefano when he comes to his president position - this will be one of the main subjects on our to-do list.

"What we want to do is create a top-level category, to follow on from F3 and train drivers to be ready for F1.

"But we don't want to say everything is done on F3 and F4 - this is just the start. We will use the same recipe to do it [create F2], with the involvement of teams and support from them and the media."

The wish for a new FIA F2 first surfaced in president Jean Todt's re-election manifesto in late 2013, but it has yet to be decided whether it would effectively be a merger between the existing GP2 Series and Formula Renault 3.5 Series or form a completely new concept.

"We cannot decide on a merger yet, we cannot decide on creating things," added Bertrand.

"The most important thing is to decide what we want to obtain. Then, once everyone agrees, we will work out how to do that."

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