FIA Formula 2 announces primarily minimal differences vs. GP2

FIA F2 Championship logo.

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

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