Posted by: ahw3ll | 20/08/2012

F2 2011 – Where are they now? Part One

The 2011 Formula Two season boasted the largest entry list since the series returned in 2009. In all, 29 drivers made at least one start in last year’s championship. However, of those 29 drivers, only seven have started a race in 2012. So what has happened to the class of 2011?

In 2012, from left to right: A GT racer, a triathete and an Indy Lights driver.

James Cole (6pts, 20th overall): After a 2011 season which netted him 6 points, James has taken a step back from racing and is part of Liverpool-based band “A Band Named King” .

Armaan Ebrahim (16 pts, 15th overall): The experienced Indian racer has moved on after three years competing in Formula Two and was able to secure a drive in the first five rounds of the Indy Lights Championship. Despite only competing in half of the events in the season, he currently holds thirteenth place in the championship with a best result of eighth place in the season-opening event at St Petersburg, Florida.

Mirko Bortolotti (298 pts, 2011 Champion): The 2011 champion put in some impressive times in his prize test with the Williams F1 team, but a lack of sponsorship has stopped him from continuing into one of the Formula1 support series. For 2012, he is competing in the German ADAC GT Masters series in a BMW Z4 GT3. The series is also home to ex-F1 race winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Alex Brundle (112 pts, 7th overall): Alex is competing with Carlin in the GP3 series this year. He has proven to be a reliable points-scorer and secured his maiden podium last time out in the Hungarian sprint race. He also competed alongside his father and Lucas Ordóñez in the Le Mans 24 Hour race earlier in the year, where their Nissan Zytek finished 15th overall and 8th in class.

Miki Monras (153 pts, 4th overall): As is the case with many racers recently, Miki was unable to gain sufficient sponsorship to continue competing. He drove a Lamborghini in an endurance race earlier in the year, but races seem few and far between in 2012.

Plamen Kralev (1 pt, 23rd overall): One of a handful of drivers to continue from 2011 into the current season. Plamen recently scored the best result of his F2 career with a ninth-placed finish in France.

Mihai Marinescu (138 pts, 5th overall): Another F2 veteran, Mihai has continued with the series into 2012 and currently holds fifth place in the championship with two wins.

Max Snegirev (14 pts, 18th overall): Max is competing full-time in the AutoGP championship this year with Campos Racing. When scheduling has allowed, Max has also run in the current F2 championship. He currently sits 11th in the AutoGP standings with two races remaining.

Jack Clarke (110 pts, 8th overall): After a successful year in F2, Jack has moved on to the Blancpain Endurance Series, competing on some of the world’s top circuits in long-distance races.

Kelvin Snoeks (40 pts, 10th overall): The Dutch racer is currently competing in the Renault Megane Trophy, part of the World Series by Renault. He secured a maiden podium at Spa and has scored points in every race so far, holding sixth place in the championship.

Jose Luis Abadin (1 pt, 22nd overall): Jose was unable to complete a full programme in 2011 due to health and funding problems and was hopeful of a good showing at Silverstone 2012 to secure more races for the season ahead. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but the Spanish racer has been regrouping and is trying to secure a return to his old European F3 Open team Drivex for the final rounds of the year, before mounting a full title offence in 2013.

Ramon Pineiro (185 pts, 3rd overall): Following his success in 2011, Ramon was selected for the FIA Institute Young Driver Academy. The Academy is a programme set up to nurture young driving talent. Ramon was chosen along with seventeen other racers, who will receive training from experienced professional drivers such as ex-F1 racer Alex Wurz.

Mikkel Mac (23 pts, 11th overall): Mac has moved to racing tin-tops in 2012, competing in the Danish Thundersports Championship in a Chevrolet Camaro ZZ4.

Will Bratt (92 pts, 9th overall): After two years of F2 which yielded eight podiums and a win, but was sadly cut short due to funding problems, Will Bratt has returned to racing in 2012. Will competed in the Oulton Park and Croft rounds of the BTCC, driving the Audi A4 of Rob Austin Racing. A best result of eighth in his first race underlines his competitiveness, despite his limited track time in the car. He hopes to return for the final three rounds of the year. Like James Cole, Will has also been playing in a band – Rock Covers band Little Liars – as well as penning his own music.

The remainder of the 2011 grid is covered in Part Two here.

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