F2 World Championship Battle Begins in Brindisi

This weekend sees the battle to become the 2024 UIM F2 World Champion begin in the Italian coastal port of Brindisi in Southern Italy.

Eighteen drivers representing twelve nations will make the journey to the south of Italy to compete in the opening round of the 2024 campaign.

All eyes will be on Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi who during 2023 secured his fourth World Championship Title and will be looking to take an early lead in the championship in a bid to secure his fifth World title. An achievement that has not been achieved before and would certainly secure the 32-year-olds place in the history books.

The Emirati racer will have his work cut out for him though as the seventeen other drivers will all be looking to stop him in his tracks and make it exceedingly difficult for him to achieve another World Crown.

With two Italian entries in the form of four times F1000 World Champion David Del Pin and World Endurance Champion Tullio Abbate that will both be looking for the home advantage in front of home crowds competing in Italian waters.

Runner up in the 2023 Championship Edgaras Riabko of Lithuania will be hoping to get his season off to a stronger start than the previous campaign. Having been runner up twice now the Lithuanian driver has his eyes firmly set on the World crown.

Competing in his 14th consecutive season is Sweden’s Johan Osterberg who has also claimed the silver medal twice but not yet achieved his dreams of claiming the World Crown and will be hoping that his experience will give him an advantage in this year’s competition.

The Italian Grand Prix will see the drivers compete during Free Practice, Qualifying and throughout the Grand Prix race to see who will claim the Grand Prix and take that all important lead in the championship.

Formula Committee Chairman Pelle Larsson had this to say on the forthcoming event

The 2024 World championship will be fought over a total of six rounds of racing, so that first win will play a vital part in the championship campaign and strong consistent racing will be key

he continued

There’s a lot of great drivers amongst the fleet of racers, Al Qemzi has to be a firm favourite with four titles to his name already and he really wants to achieve what’s never been done before, but he has a new boat and it can take a while to bed a new boat in. But it will not be easy, and the rest of the fleet will certainly not move out the way to let him through. It’s a really strong fleet of racers and with new racers joining the championship this year it could be anybody’s crown.