After 14 races, six countries, seven different race winners and
plenty of superb racing, this weekend in Monza marks the conclusion
of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship where this year's champion
will be crowned.
Three drivers remain in the hunt for the prestigious title - Luciano Bacheta, Mathéo Tuscher and Markus Pommer - with the Comma Oil-backed Bacheta the favourite to scoop the honours and a Williams F1 test thanks to his 33.5 point advantage. The Brit is no stranger to the 5.793km Italian track too and recorded his best F2 result of 2011 here with fifth. However, given both Tuscher and Pommer have outscored Bacheta throughout the second half of the season, with Markus also winning last time out in Hungary, anything can happen this weekend.
The 5.793km Monza circuit is the fastest on the championship calendar and characterised by a series of long straights and tight chicanes. And although the Italian track may look deceptively simple, the challenge of consistently finding the limit in low-downforce setup demands skill and finesse from the drivers.
Race preparations begin with pre-event testing on Thursday where the F2 regulars will be joined by a new face in the form of Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch who brings with him a broad range of single seater experience. After testing, it's on to the race weekend and the battle to see who will lift the championship trophy come Sunday.
The final rounds (15 & 16) of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship take place at Monza, Italy, from 7-9 September with full coverage, including live web streaming, on the F2 website.
2012 FIA Formula Two Championship
Monza, Italy, Rds 15 & 16 - Schedule (local time)
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER [Pre-event testing]
09:00-10:30 - Session 1
11:30-13:00 - Session 2
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
12:10-12:55 : Free Practice 1
16:15-17:00 : Free Practice 2
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
09:45-10:15 : Qualifying 1
14:30-15:10 : Race 1
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
09:40-10:10 : Qualifying 2
15:00-15:40 : Race 2