In advance of a potential new FIA Formula 2 series, which could launch from 2017, FIA Formula 2’s technical breakdown was revealed on Monday.
The would-be F2 series was formalized following the latest meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council earlier this month.
For all intents and purposes, the differences are minimal, but arguably the biggest difference for F2 being that it will include a hybrid system, whereas GP2 does not. The F2 series, with a hybrid system, would then follow with the hybrid technology in Formula 1.
Also, F2 requires a Grade B license for drivers, while GP2 requires a Grade A license.
Here’s how the differences look side-by-side:
Power output: GP2 612 base horsepower; F2 600-610 BHP
Gearbox: GP2 6 speed sequential; F2 7 speed sequential
Bodywork: GP2 carbon/aluminum; F2 carbon
Brakes: Both series mandate carbon
DRS: Yes for both series
Weight (with driver): GP2 688 kilos; F2 670 kilos
Width: 1800 mm for both series
Length: GP2 5,065 mm; F2 5,000 mm
Wheelbase: GP2 3,120 mm; F2 3,100 mm
Max speed: GP2 330 kilometers/hour; F2 340 km/h
Season cost (in millions): GP2 1.7 million Euros; F2 1.5 million
Rounds: GP2 11-12; F2 10-12
Races per event: 2 for both series
Kilometers per event: GP2 500 km; F2 600-700 kilometers
Teams: GP2 13; F2 10-13
Safety: Both series adhere to FIA F1 standards
License required: GP2 Grade A; F2 Grade B