Stoneman signs up for F2

Formula Renault UK graduate Dean Stoneman has joined the list of recruits for the 2010 Formula 2 Championship

Stoneman signs up for F2

The 19-year-old Briton has spent his whole car racing career so far in FRenault, initially in the second-string BARC series before moving up to the British Touring Car supporting main UK championship for 2008. Driving for his family squad Alpine Motorsport throughout his FRenault stint, Stoneman has finished fourth in the UK championship for the past two years.

He has participated in pre-season GP3 tests with Tech 1 Racing but thinks F2 gives him the best chance of reaching Formula 1.

"I showed what I am capable of in my first season in Formula Renault, and although I had some bad luck last year I still scored well," said Stoneman.

"I think Andy Soucek showed that if you win F2 you get noticed by some key figures in the sport, and for me Formula 2 is the best and quickest way to reach the highest tier of motorsport."

Series boss Jonathan Palmer believes that Stoneman will flourish in F2.

"His strong performances in two years of Formula Renault UK have marked him out as one of the few British drivers with a realistic chance of making it to F1, particularly as he has been racing without the benefit of a leading big name team," Palmer said.

F2 organisers also announced this week that sometime British Formula 3 and A1GP driver Parthiva Sureshwaren had joined the championship, in his first full campaign for several years. The Indian has been sidelined by a lack of finance in recent seasons.

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