2011 FIA Formula Two Championship season

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2011 FIA Formula Two season
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The 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship season was the third year of the FIA Formula Two Championship. The championship began on 17 April at Silverstone and finished on 30 October at the Circuit de Catalunya, after eight double-header rounds and all (excluding Silverstone) in support of International GT Open racing weekends.

For most of the season, the championship battle revolved around a returning driver Mirko Bortolotti (finished fourth in 2009 and rookie driver Christopher Zanella. Bortolotti took lead after win in the opening race of the season at Silverstone and did not leave him until the end of the season. The Italian secured his title and a prize test for the Williams F1 team in the home race at Monza with two races to spare.[1] Bortolotti scored seven wins in a season matching 2009 Champion Andy Soucek record and with win in 2009 at Brno the Italian took absolute win record in FIA Formula Two Championship.[2]

Zanella finished a second place in the standings with two wins, 123 points behind Bortolloti and just eight ahead of his nearest rival and another newcomer Ramón Piñeiro, who scored three wins. The fourth place went to Piñeiro compatriot and winner of the Silverstone's race Miki Monrás.

Drivers[edit]

No. Driver Sponsor(s) Rounds
2 United Kingdom James Cole[3] Comma All
3 India Armaan Ebrahim[4] JK Racing 1–6
4 Italy Mirko Bortolotti[5] Bortolotti Construzioni All
5 United Kingdom Alex Brundle[6] GAC Logistics All
6 Spain Miki Monrás[7] Paddock Boulevard - Silver Lining All
8 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev[8] M-tel All
9 Romania Mihai Marinescu[9] Brasov – Romania All
10 Russia Max Snegirev[10] Klaxon All
11 United Kingdom Jack Clarke[11] APO / KSS Design All
12 Netherlands Kelvin Snoeks[12] HDI – Gerling All
13 Spain José Luis Abadín[13] Racing for Galicia 1–3, 5, 8
14 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer[14] PalmerSport 4
15 Spain Ramón Piñeiro[15] Next Level / Movimiento I'm Possible All
16 Denmark Mikkel Mac[16] Raaco / BM Steel Construction All
17 United Kingdom Will Bratt[17] La Fosse Associates / i4retail 1–4
18 Germany Tobias Hegewald[18] CMG / Team Silverlining Convergence All
19 Switzerland Christopher Zanella[19] Star All
20 Germany Julian Theobald[20] Color Chemie Group 1–4, 6–7
21 Germany Thiemo Storz[21] Darsena Management All
22 Germany Johannes Theobald[20] Color Chemie Group 1–4, 6
23 United Kingdom Jon Lancaster[22] Silver Lining 2
24 United Kingdom Tom Gladdis[23] Silver Lining 1
25 Austria René Binder[24] Gloryfy 6
26 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta[25] Interwetten 6–7
28 France Benjamin Lariche[26] Quick Sorel All
30 South Korea Sung-Hak Mun[27] Sung Kyun Kwan University All
33 India Parthiva Sureshwaren[28] Lycamobile 1, 3–8
42 United Kingdom Jordan King[29] Hugo Boss 3–5
77 Poland Natalia Kowalska[30] Better World GP 1–2
88 Brazil Fabio Gamberini[31] Lincx / Rodopark 4

Driver changes[edit]

Entering/Re–Entering FIA Formula Two Championship
Leaving FIA Formula Two Championship
Mid-Season Changes

Calendar[edit]

An eight-round calendar was published on 3 November 2010,[32] with an amendment made to the Magny-Cours date on 8 December 2010.[33] The series was not part of the support package of the World Touring Car Championship as it had been since the series' revival. With the exception of the opening round at Silverstone, the championship was a part of International GT Open meetings.[34]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver
1 R1 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire  United Kingdom 16 April Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti
R2 17 April Spain Miki Monrás Spain Miki Monrás Spain Miki Monrás
2 R1 Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours  France 14 May United Kingdom Alex Brundle Switzerland Christopher Zanella Switzerland Christopher Zanella
R2 15 May Switzerland Christopher Zanella Spain Miki Monrás Switzerland Christopher Zanella
3 R1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium 25 June Spain Ramón Piñeiro Spain Ramón Piñeiro United Kingdom Will Bratt
R2 26 June United Kingdom Will Bratt Germany Tobias Hegewald Italy Mirko Bortolotti
4 R1 Nürburgring  Germany 2 July Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti
R2 3 July Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti
5 R1 Brands Hatch, Kent  United Kingdom 23 July Germany Tobias Hegewald United Kingdom Jack Clarke United Kingdom Jack Clarke
R2 24 July Italy Mirko Bortolotti Spain Ramón Piñeiro Spain Ramón Piñeiro
6 R1 Red Bull Ring, Spielberg  Austria 27 August Spain Ramón Piñeiro Italy Mirko Bortolotti Spain Ramón Piñeiro
R2 28 August Switzerland Christopher Zanella Italy Mirko Bortolotti Spain Ramón Piñeiro
7 R1 Autodromo Nazionale Monza  Italy 1 October Romania Mihai Marinescu Romania Mihai Marinescu Romania Mihai Marinescu
R2 2 October Italy Mirko Bortolotti Romania Mihai Marinescu Italy Mirko Bortolotti
8 R1 Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló  Spain 29 October Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti
R2 30 October Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti Italy Mirko Bortolotti

Championship standings[edit]

A driver's best 14 scores counted towards the championship, with any other points being discarded.[35]

Pos Driver SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
MNZ
Italy
CAT
Spain
Points
1 Italy Mirko Bortolotti 1 2 6 3 2 1 1 1 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 298
2 Switzerland Christopher Zanella 7 3 1 1 3 2 2 3 6 7 12 4 5 6 6 7 189
3 Spain Ramón Piñeiro 5 11 5 9 7 12 14 10 2 1 1 1 4 2 3 2 185
4 Spain Miki Monrás 3 1 4 4 9 4 4 8 4 9 Ret 11 17 3 2 4 153
5 Romania Mihai Marinescu 4 5 Ret 5 8 5 Ret 11 Ret 4 3 3 1 Ret 5 3 138
6 Germany Tobias Hegewald 6 4 2 8 4 Ret 12 4 3 5 15 6 6 9 4 11 121
7 United Kingdom Alex Brundle 19 Ret 3 2 5 7 Ret 5 Ret 17 4 Ret 3 4 8 5 112
8 United Kingdom Jack Clarke 8 6 13 10 19 6 3 7 1 3 5 Ret 8 7 7 9 110
9 United Kingdom Will Bratt 2 DSQ 8 7 1 3 7 2 92
10 Netherlands Kelvin Snoeks Ret 8 10 Ret 10 9 6 19 Ret Ret Ret 5 11 8 9 6 40
11 Denmark Mikkel Mac 12 9 15 12 11 14 8 6 13 11 Ret 9 9 11 10 8 23
12 Germany Thiemo Storz 14 14 9 15 6 10 9 15 Ret Ret Ret 14 7 Ret 11 16 19
13 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta 7 10 10 5 18
14 United Kingdom Jordan King 17 8 5 9 Ret 10 17
15 India Armaan Ebrahim 11 7 12 Ret 13 20 15 13 9 6 14 Ret 16
16 France Benjamin Lariche 13 10 11 13 20 Ret 13 12 Ret 8 8 8 13 10 13 10 15
17 United Kingdom Jon Lancaster 7 6 14
18 Russia Max Snegirev 9 Ret 16 14 14 13 11 18 7 Ret 11 7 16 Ret 12 12 14
19 Germany Julian Theobald 17 Ret 17 Ret 15 15 16 Ret 6 12 Ret Ret 8
20 United Kingdom James Cole 15 13 18 17 16 16 18 14 8 12 9 18 14 15 14 15 6
21 Germany Johannes Theobald Ret 16 14 11 12 Ret 10 Ret Ret 16 1
22 Spain José Luis Abadín 16 18 Ret 16 18 11 10 15 15 13 1
23 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev Ret 17 Ret 18 Ret 18 17 17 12 13 10 15 12 13 16 17 1
24 United Kingdom Tom Gladdis 10 15 1
25 India Parthiva Sureshwaren 18 Ret 21 19 DNS Ret 11 14 Ret 17 15 14 17 14 0
26 South Korea Sung-Hak Mun 20 19 19 19 Ret 17 19 Ret 14 16 13 19 Ret 12 Ret DNS 0
27 Poland Natalia Kowalska Ret 12 Ret 20 0
28 Austria René Binder 16 13 0
29 Brazil Fabio Gamberini 20 16 0
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer DNS DNS 0
Pos Driver SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
BRH
United Kingdom
RBR
Austria
MNZ
Italy
CAT
Spain
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
† – Retired, but classified

References[edit]

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