Formula 2 Reveals Next Generation of Dallara Chassis
More Dallara-based cars will have a different look to them following the introduction of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series universal bodywork, with the Italian manufacturer building a new chassis.
Formula 2 revealed their new machine, named the F2 2018, replacing the GP2-11 that heads for the retirement home after seven years of service.
The series is set to follow the old rules of GP2 and GP3 in having this last three years, racing until the end of 2020.
The announcement follows F1 in moving to a longer vehicle with a pointed front wing, developing from 5065 to 5224 millimeters and its wheelbase extending to 3135 mm – an increase of 15. Its width is unchanged at 1900mm, with the height moving to 1097 mm from 1072. It also contains more front wing elements – two instead of the previous one – and a lower, sloping nose.
FIA director of F1 and director of single-seater department Charlie Whiting explained how this helps the sport in making a better transition from national F4 championships all the way up to the ‘pinnacle.’
“The plan for a more structured junior formula ladder is designed to feature cars that better prepare drivers for the next step,” he said. “For F2, that means we needed a car that will not only educate but will also allow the drivers that are most ready for F1 to shine brightest. The car has been developed to include improved aesthetics, as well as bringing the safety level up to the highest standards for single-seater cars.”
Hello Again, Halo
The other notable change is the adoption of the controversial Halo head protection system like F1, which will no doubt continue to be a talking point in motorsport.
This system has not been tested in F2, but some youngsters such as GP3 leader and Mercedes junior driver George Russell have. The competition could be one of his future options if he goes onto win the title.
Some could be concerned that this may be an obstacle for racing – especially in a rookie learning phase – but Russell was pleased with the device at F1’s Budapest in-season test.
“I had a much better view with the Halo than I expected,” he said. “When the sun was coming down at the end of the day, it blocked the sun from my eyes. I actually saw more than I would usually see when the sun is low. From a driver’s perspective, the visibility is completely fine. The only hindrance could potentially be seeing the start lights. Getting in and out of the car with the Halo takes a bit of experience. I struggled initially, but after a few trial runs I was fine.”
The new machine will first be tested privately twice in December before one is delivered to the competitors in January, and the second given a month later. Teams will be given a shakedown session before 2018 pre-season testing begins, an event which usually happens in Spring.
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