The 2012 Formula 2 grid guide

The 2012 Formula 2 grid guide

A new Formula 2 season kicks off at Silverstone this weekend with a revised and faster car and 17 drivers all hungry to win the prize Williams F1 test on offer for the champion. AUTOSPORT guides you through the runners and riders

The fourth edition of the revived FIA Formula 2 Championship gets underway at Silverstone this weekend, with 17 drivers lining up with ambitions of joining Andy Soucek, Dean Stoneman and Mirko Bortolotti on the list of series champions come the end of a 16-race, European-based season.

The Jonathan Palmer-run championship has undergone a couple of changes over the winter with Yokohama replacing Cooper Avon as tyre supplier and carbon composite brakes being used for the first time; the net result being that lap times will be on average around two seconds faster than in 2011 (although with that figure varying from track to track).

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