There’s been a bit of a rebranding on the feeder series ladder, with GP2 becoming FIA F2.
It had been reported for some time that GP2 could become FIA Formula 2 in the near future but that has now been officially confirmed.
Following ongoing negotiations between GP2 organisers and the FIA, the rebranding has now happened with immediate effect.
So, GP2 is now called FIA F2, but nothing much else seems to have changed for the feeder series ahead of 2017.
The change helps to streamline the route to F1, but it remains to be seen what will happen to the GP3 series (now GP2 is no longer a thing).
The newly-rebranded F2 has an 11-race calendar for the new season, with all but one of those supporting the F1 circus.
The GP2 series originally debuted in 2005 as a replacement to Formula 3000. You may recognise a few of the past champions who have made it to F1: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Stoffel Vandoorne…
So, the renamed F2 has become a brilliant training ground for future F1 stars and remains one step below the pinnacle of single-seater racing.
It means there’s a nice route to F1 now from FIA Formula 4 to European Formula 3 and then F2.
The 2017 F2 schedule kicks off on the 16 April in Bahrain and wraps up on the 26 November in Abu Dhabi.