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FIA Formula 2 announces primarily minimal differences vs. GP2


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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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.