The FIA announced the winner of the Formula Two chassis and engine supplier tender – MotorSport Vision (MSV):
MotorSport Vision (MSV) has won the tender to supply chassis and engines for the new FIA Formula Two Championship, following a fax vote of the FIA World Motor Sport Council. As part of the winning tender it has been agreed that MSV will be the promoter of the Championship as well as the operating entity for all of the cars.
MSV has commissioned WilliamsF1 to design the car, which will incorporate a turbocharged 1.8 litre Audi engine and be built to Formula One-level safety standards. The first prototype car is on schedule for its testing debut in November 2008, with the Championship due to start in May 2009 and comprising 16 races over eight events. Performance levels will be between Formula Three and Formula One and the cost per competing driver will be less than €250,000.
Max Mosley had this to add:
“The objective is to make top-level international single-seater racing available to drivers who at present have difficulty in raising enough money to demonstrate their talent. Formula One and other major championships will benefit by being able to draw on a far larger pool of drivers, while competitors from countries which do not yet have an established motor racing structure will find it easier to make progress.
“We hope to reveal talent that might otherwise never have emerged and we look forward to seeing drivers coming into Formula One with Super Licences gained in Formula Two.”
Following the June FIA announcement of its Formula 2 plans many expressed doubts any racing series can be run on so low budget. People were also wondering whether the whole Formula 2 thing isn’t just another chapter of the Max vs. Bernie drama. Bernie Ecclestone runs the GP2 series and FIA presented the Formula 2 plans at the height of the Mosleygate …
Well, some people at least believe this can be pulled off. MSV are no unknowns in the motorsport. The company is run by Jonathan Palmer, who won the penultimate FIA Formula Two Championship in 1983. It has extensive experience in supplying race cars and promoting motor racing events. MSV owns and operates five circuits in the UK – Oulton Park, Cadwell Park, Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Bedford Autodrome. MSV has also run the Formula Palmer Audi racing championship for the last 11 years. MSV is also the commercial and organisational rights holder for the British Superbike Championship.
So perhaps Jonathan Palmer, Frank Williams and/or someone from Audi will come out in the near future and let us all know how can open seater series just a level below Formula 1 be run at cost below EUR250,000 per driver per year. I would really really be interested to hear more about that. Seriously.