Posted by: ahw3ll | 13/08/2012

The Summer Break Roundup

Like F1, Formula Two has a long summer break before the final races of the season. The month of August is completely devoid of F2 action, with racing resuming in Hungary on September 7th-9th.

The Formula Two cars are parked for the month of August

There was, however, one Formula Two car in action over the August break. Journalist Ivo Pakvis, from GP Update, sampled the current-spec F2 car at the Bedford Autodrome.

For the drivers, the focus over the break will be to keep training and entertain sponsors (both existing and potential), to be in the best shape possible – physically and financially – for the final races. It is also the final opportunity of the season to take time out from racing and unwind.

Championship leader Luciano Bacheta has been taking some time out to recharge his batteries ahead of the final four races of the season. However, in the life of a racing driver, you can never relax for long. After returning from holiday, Luciano is back in training and attending commercial events, including a recent photo shoot for personal sponsor ZOO Fashions.

Meanwhile, Markus Pommer edged closer to his dream of driving an F1 car… by sitting in one! The German racer sampled the cockpit of a 1998 Tyrrell 026 during his downtime.

Finally, Alex Fontana got some valuable track knowledge of the Hungaroring when he competed in the GP3 Series races in Hungary. Racing for Jenzer Motorsport, Fontana saw the chequered flag in both races. Despite the changeable conditions, he was running inside the top ten at one point, before dropping back. Alex ended the weekend having secured a 17th and 15th-placed finish. Fontana will also be competing for Jenzer in the Belgian rounds at Spa, which take place a week before the penultimate race of the F2 season. Since racing at the Hungaroring, he has been taking some time out to relax in Greece, before getting back into his training regime. He will also be taking part in a Historic Rally, driving a Ferrari F40 before the Formula Two season resumes.

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