2012 FIA Formula Two Championship season

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2012 FIA Formula Two season
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The 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship was the fourth season and the last of the FIA Formula Two Championship. The season started on 14 April at Silverstone and finished on 30 September at Monza. The 2012 calendar saw the addition of two new races.[1]

In the opening round at Silverstone, the first pole of the season was claimed by Mathéo Tuscher, the youngest driver to have taken part in the series.[2] Tuscher was overtaken by Christopher Zanella on the first lap of the opening race; Zanella was later joined by Mihai Marinescu and Luciano Bacheta out front, with Bacheta eventually prevailing over Zanella with series debutant Alex Fontana in third.[3] Marinescu claimed pole position for the second race,[4] but could not stop Bacheta taking his second win of the weekend; Fontana again completed the podium, behind Marinescu.[5]

Drivers[edit]

No. Driver Sponsor(s) Rounds
3 Russia Max Snegirev[6] Klaxon/London School of Business and Finance 2–5, 7–8
4 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta[7] Comma/Trade Links All
5 India Parthiva Sureshwaren[8] LycaMobile 1–4
6 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli[9] 4
7 China David Zhu[10] KRC (Kang's Racing Company) All
8 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev[11] Bulgarian State/Kram Complex/BRP All
9 Romania Mihai Marinescu[12] Brasov/Visit Romania All
10 Switzerland Alex Fontana[13] VFP/Teleticino/Lista Office All
11 Iran Kourosh Khani[12] Tornado Racer/Sports Tracker 1–2, 4–5
12 Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher[12] All
13 Spain José Luis Abadín[12] Gadis/Ourensen/Anpian/Racing For Galicia 1
14 Switzerland Mauro Calamia[12] Don Leone 1–6
15 Brazil Victor Guerin[14] 2
18 United Kingdom Dino Zamparelli[12] Vibe Energy Gum All
19 Switzerland Christopher Zanella[15] Star Group/Sodecia All
20 United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie[16] Enghouse Interactive All
22 Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies[17] Afri-Hype/Visit Zimbabwe 3–8
23 Italy Samuele Buttarelli[12] 1
24 Poland Kevin Mirocha[12] Polsat All
27 Germany Markus Pommer[18] Live-Strip.com All
33 Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch[19] www.333.lv/JK 11/Baltic 8
35 United Kingdom Hector Hurst[20] Seahorse International Sailing All
51 Slovakia Richard Gonda[21] 7

Driver changes[edit]

Entering/Re–Entering FIA Formula Two Championship
Leaving FIA Formula Two Championship

Race calendar and results[edit]

An eight-race calendar was published by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on 7 December 2011.[1]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver
1 R1 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire  United Kingdom 14 April Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher Romania Mihai Marinescu United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta
R2 15 April Romania Mihai Marinescu United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta
2 R1 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão  Portugal 28 April United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta
R2 29 April Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta
3 R1 Nürburgring  Germany 26 May Romania Mihai Marinescu Romania Mihai Marinescu Romania Mihai Marinescu
R2 27 May Switzerland Christopher Zanella Switzerland Christopher Zanella Switzerland Christopher Zanella
4 R1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium 23 June Germany Markus Pommer Germany Markus Pommer Germany Markus Pommer
R2 24 June United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta
5 R1 Brands Hatch, Kent  United Kingdom 14 July United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta Romania Mihai Marinescu Poland Kevin Mirocha
R2 15 July Romania Mihai Marinescu Switzerland Christopher Zanella Romania Mihai Marinescu
6 R1 Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet  France 21 July Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher Switzerland Christopher Zanella Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher
R2 22 July Germany Markus Pommer United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta Germany Markus Pommer
7 R1 Hungaroring, Mogyoród  Hungary 8 September Poland Kevin Mirocha Switzerland Alex Fontana Switzerland Alex Fontana
R2 9 September Germany Markus Pommer Germany Markus Pommer Germany Markus Pommer
8 R1 Autodromo Nazionale Monza  Italy 29 September Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher Switzerland Christopher Zanella Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher
R2 30 September Germany Markus Pommer United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta Switzerland Christopher Zanella

Calendar changes[edit]

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Driver SIL
United Kingdom
ALG
Portugal
NÜR
Germany
SPA
Belgium
BRH
United Kingdom
LEC
France
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta 1 1 1 1 2 6 Ret 1 3 6 2 5 3 8 4 3 231.5
2 Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher 6 5 2 2 5 3 3 8 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 2 1 5 210
3 Switzerland Christopher Zanella 2 8 6 4 3 1 5 4 6 2 8 3 5 6 2 1 196
4 Germany Markus Pommer 8 7 4 3 9 4 1 2 5 5 5 1 NC 1 8 14 169
5 Romania Mihai Marinescu 4 2 10 Ret 1 2 4 12 4 1 7 7 Ret 7 6 4 161
6 Poland Kevin Mirocha 12 11 3 8 4 10 Ret 3 1 4 6 4 2 4 3 2 159.5
7 Switzerland Alex Fontana 3 3 7 10 6 5 8 5 Ret 7 14 Ret 1 5 9 6 115
8 United Kingdom Dino Zamparelli 9 6 8 5 13 7 7 10 Ret 3 4 6 6 3 7 7 106.5
9 United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie 5 4 13 6 8 8 2 18 10 8 3 8 4 9 11 10 95
10 United Kingdom Hector Hurst 7 10 9 7 10 11 9 9 7 12 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 27
11 China David Zhu 11 9 5 12 7 9 10 13 Ret 13 13 12 10 11 12 11 22
12 Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies 14 DNS Ret 7 8 9 10 10 Ret 10 10 8 17
13 Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch 5 9 12
14 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 6 6 12
15 Russia Max Snegirev 17 15 Ret 14 Ret 16 Ret 14 7 15 14 12 6
16 Slovakia Richard Gonda 8 12 4
17 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev 15 15 15 13 11 DNS 13 17 11 Ret 12 9 9 13 13 13 4
18 Switzerland Mauro Calamia 14 12 12 11 15 13 12 14 9 11 11 11 2
19 Brazil Victor Guerin 11 9 2
20 Iran Kourosh Khani 10 13 14 Ret Ret 15 Ret 10 2
21 India Parthiva Sureshwaren 16 14 16 14 12 12 11 11 0
22 Spain José Luis Abadín 13 16 0
Italy Samuele Buttarelli Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver SIL
United Kingdom
ALG
Portugal
NÜR
Germany
SPA
Belgium
BRH
United Kingdom
LEC
France
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (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

  • Spa Race 2 ran only four laps, and the race was red-flagged because of rain and crashes on Lap 3 that resulted in a caution. The race was subsequently red-flagged, and under the count-back rule in red flag situations, the race lasted only three laps for a total time of 9:38.007, much less than the 30 minutes required in the 40-minute race, so only half points are awarded as the race did not reach the 75% required for full points.

References[edit]

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