Posted by: ahw3ll | 28/03/2012

F2 2012: Zanella Returns and Testing Begins

The 2011 Formula Two runner-up Christopher Zanella has announced that he will continue in the series in 2012. The Swiss driver will join fellow returnees Luciano Bacheta, Parthiva Sureshwaren and Plamen Kralev on the grid when racing resumes at Silverstone.

Zanella returns for 2012

Zanella enjoyed a successful 2011, completely dominating some of the race weekends. Though he wasn’t as consistent throughout the season as eventual champion Mirko Bortolotti, which saw him gradually lose touch with the Italian as the season progressed. Armed with the experience gained last year, Zanella will be looking to capture the top prize this time around.

Testing gets underway today at Silverstone today in preparation for the first races of the season. The testing lineup contains a mix of our confirmed drivers as well as familiar faces and rookies. The headline grabbing name on the timesheets is 2010 F2 champion Dean Stoneman, who is back in the car after a year away from motorsport spent fighting and recovering from cancer. After testing an Indy Lights car earlier in the year, it looks like Dean could be making a return to the series he was so successful in two years ago.

Stoneman reunited with the #48 car for testing

Other returning drivers include James Cole, Mihai Marinescu and Jose Luis Abadin. Should they compete in the championship this year, they will all be looking to move up to the next stage of competitiveness – Marinescu will be looking to feature more regularly on the podium in what will be his third year in the championship while Cole and Abadin will be hoping to score points on a more regular basis.

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