Posted by: ahw3ll | 23/08/2012

F2 2011 – Where are they now? Part Two

This is the second half of the “Where are they now?” article, following the career paths of the F2 class of 2011. Take a look at part one here.

Christopher Zanella (189 pts, 2nd overall): After a strong performance in his debut Formula Two season, Christopher decided on a second season to try and take the top prize of the Williams F1 test. He currently sits third in the championship. Though he still has a mathematical chance to take the title, he believes his chances of a championship victory are over.

Jon Lancaster (14 pts, 17th overall): Despite only competing in two races in F2 2011, Lancaster was able to secure fourteen points, showing he has great potential. Unfortunately, as with Will Bratt, sponsorship has been hard to come by, forcing him to have a fragmented 2011 and a single weekend in GP2 for Ocean Racing this year. He hopes to secure more sponsorship soon and return to racing before the end of the year.

Rene Binder (0 pts, 28th overall): Rene Binder only took part in two F2 races last year, with his main focus being on his German F3 campaign in which he eventually finished eighth overall. He continues in the series in 2012, having already picked up two wins. He currently lies sixth in the standings with nine races remaining.

Luciano Bacheta (18 pts, 13th overall): Luciano took the start in four F2 races in 2011, finishing in the points in all four. He returned for a full campaign in 2012, which he started in dominant form by winning the four opening races. He still maintains the championship lead heading into the final rounds of the season and is clear favourite to take the Williams F1 test at the end of the year.

Benjamin Lariche (15 pts, 16th overall): After two seasons in Formula Two, Lariche has moved on to tackle a new challenge in the FIA GT1 World Championship, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 and competing alongside ex-F2 racers Sergei Afanasiev and 2009 champion Andy Soucek.

Sung-Hak Mun (0 pts, 26th overall): Mun was hoping to return to Formula Two for another year, but had to endure back surgery in the off-season and struggled to find the necessary sponsorship in time for the start of the season, forcing him to sit out this year’s campaign.

Parthiva Sureshwaren (0 pts, 25th overall): Parthiva continued with Formula Two into 2012. He competed up until Spa, but was absent from the latest races at Brands Hatch and in France.  He has announced that he will be taking part in the remaining races of the season, looking to improve on his current best finish of 11th and get some points on the board.

Jordan King (17 pts, 14th overall): Jordan has been keeping busy in 2012, taking part in Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, FRenault 2.0 NEC and FRenault 2.0 Eurocup. The TRS season was run over January and February and Jordan took a win at Taupo on his way to an overall 5th in the championship behind fellow countryman Josh Hill. The Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season has reached it’s halfway point, with Jordan currently holding 2nd overall, despite not yet taking a win in the category this year. He also currently lies 14th in the Eurocup championship with six rounds remaining.

Natalia Kowalska (0 pts, 27th overall): Natalia has had a tough time recently. Having to cut short her season in 2011 due to wrist surgery, she was looking to get back on track this year, but was involved in a road accident which resulted in a neck injury. She has commentated on a NASCAR race this year and is looking to return to racing soon.

Fabio Gamberini (0 pts, 29th overall): Gamberini has driven in the GP3 series this year. Starting in the two races for ATech CRS in Silverstone and scoring a point in the sprint race.

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