John Surtees on Formula 2's place in the world
In response to AUTOSPORT's Formula 3: Fighting talk article, F1 legend John Surtees shares his views on the new Formula 2 championship, after choosing to place his son Henry in the series for the coming season
"Too many formulas, too little money," a familiar cry from karting to GP2. World Series by Renault, Formula Masters and British Formula 3 are part of the picture that has suffered depleted entries and late-season cut-price deals being the norm except for the top teams. But the warning signs are there. Who knows how long the economic gloom that surrounds us will be with us. And 2010 will bring Bernie Ecclestone's GP3, more competition. Something will have to give.
AUTOSPORT last month spoke to a panel of who's who of British Formula 3, and they set out to do a selling job explaining the virtues and advantages of their programme. They very much relied on tradition, the fact they have a lot of testing time, a plentiful supply of tyres and that the drivers have the opportunity of working with engineers on an individual basis so involving them in the set-up and development over a good range of circuits.
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