New F1 support race for 2008

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Mario Theissen, Formula BMW, Hockenheim, 2004European F1 rounds will benefit from an expanded support race package next year. Formula BMW, the championship BMW rookie Sebastian Vettel won in 2004, will join the bill.

Vettel won the German category, which is set to merge with its British equivalent, to create Formula BMW Europe. The sub-GP2 single seater category will have a maximum of 30 entrants.

It’s good news for F1 fans who will get more interesting support race action on weekends – although the little cars will take a long time to lap full size F1 venues.

It may create a clearer ladder into F1 – from Formula BMW to GP2 to Formula 1.

However it may also prove too expensive for those drivers that can only just afford the cost of the national championships.

I’m all in favour of improving F1 support races – GP2 is great but the Porsche Supercup is lamentably dull. Bring back the British Touring Car Championship I say!

NB. I don’t know what I like most about the picture above – young Vettel’s braces or Mario Theissen’s loving gaze…

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