Palmer sure 2011 F2 grid will be full

Formula 2 boss Jonathan Palmer is confident that the series will be over-subscribed next season, thanks to a new calendar and reduced budget

Palmer sure 2011 F2 grid will be full

The series has broken away from the World Touring Car package and has had its own calendar, featuring five current Formula 1 circuits, approved by the FIA. The price of a place in the series has also been reduced by £50,000 for the eight-race season.

"We are delighted to have been able to deliver what drivers want at an astonishingly affordable budget," Palmer said. "Drivers know that for the £225,000 contract fee they will be provided with a car capable of winning the championship. That is not only absolutely unique in motor racing but also tremendously encouraging. There is no doubt that F2 will be over-subscribed for 2011."

The track time has also been extended for 2011, with practice sessions increased from 30 to 45 minutes and the second race of each weekend boosted from 30 to 40 minutes.

"A primary objective for the FIA with F2 has been to provide outstanding accessibility for aspiring F1 drivers, recognising that many do not have access to the budgets to run with a team capable of winning a comparable international championship," he added. "It is so important too that drivers at this level have the greatest opportunity to develop their skills from extensive track time."

F2 will partner the International GT Open series at events in 2011.

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