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The FIA Formula One World Championship, otherwise known simply as Formula One, Formula 1 or abbreviated as F1, is an International racing Championship sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. First staged in 1950 across seven races or "Grand Prix", the Formula One World Championship has grown to be the biggest motorsports series in the world, with an international audience and infrastructure.

Formula One and FIA Formula 2 Championship are, unsurprisingly, very intertwined, with F2 acting as the premier feeder series to F1 while benefiting from being on the F1 schedule. However, while F2 is heavily restricted by the FIA in terms of cars and engines, F1 features multiple manufacturers, constructors and engine suppliers, all with the goal of building and racing the fastest cars in the world.

Links to GP2/F2

The GP2/Formula 2 series has intentionally been allowed to influence Formula One since its creation, with the majority of F1 drivers competing in the upcoming 2018 season having spent time in the junior category. However, there have been links beyond that of future drivers, with sponsors, teams and suppliers shared between the two series in both past and present.


Note: Only drivers who have completed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.

Drivers that have raced in F1 and GP2/F2
Driver GP2/F2 years F1 years GP2/F2 Races
Flag of France Jules Bianchi 2010–2011 2013–2014 40
Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni 2005 2004 42
Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2007–2008 2009–2011 31
Flag of India Karun Chandhok 2007–2009 2010 61
Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton 2010–2012 2013-2014 64
Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2008–2010 2011–2012 58
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2006–2009 2010 76
Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson 2010–2013 2014–2017 86
Flag of France Pierre Gasly 2014–2016 2017–present 50
Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 2016 2017 22
Flag of Germany Timo Glock 2006–2007 2004, 2008–2012 42
Flag of France Romain Grosjean 2008–2011 2009, 2012–present 60
Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2011–2012 2013–2014, 2016 44
Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2006 2007–present 21
Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley 2010–2012 2017–present 12
Flag of Indonesia Rio Haryanto 2012–2015 2016 90
Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg 2009 2010, 2012–present 20
Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi 2008–2009 2009–2012, 2014 40
Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen 2005 2007–2013 23
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 2017 2018–present 22
Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 2007–2010 2011–2015 73
Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 2017 2015 8
Flag of Japan Kazuki Nakajima 2007 2007–2009 21
Flag of Brazil Felipe Nasr 2012–2014 2015–2016 68
Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 2018 2019 22
Flag of the United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 2011–2014 2016–2017 88
Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano 2005–2008 2004 79
Flag of Mexico Sergio Pérez 2009–2010 2011–present 40
Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov 2006–2009 2010–2012 69
Flag of France Charles Pic 2010–2011 2012–2013 40
Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2005–2006 2008–2009 44
Flag of Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 2007 2003–2005 5
Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 2005 2006–2016 23
Flag of the United States Alexander Rossi 2013–2015 2015 54
Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna 2007–2008 2010–2012 41
Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 2015–2017 2018–present 46
Flag of the United States Scott Speed 2005 2006–2007 23
Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 2009–2012 2013 84
Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2014–2015 2016–2018 44
Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto 2007–2008 2006–2007, 2010 21
  • Bold indicates a GP2/Formula 2 Champion.



Although manufacturer involvement in terms of construction is forbidden, there is a significant amount of cross-over between GP2/F2 and Formula One in terms of suppliers. The two prime examples of this are the two Italian firms Dallara and Pirelli, the former a chassis designer and constructor, and the latter a tyre supplier.


GP2/Formula Two serves as one of the main support series for Formula One throughout the latter's European tour, as well as choice rounds around the world. As such the entire GP2/F2 calendar is dictated by the F1 calendar, although the series frequently holds a single race away from F1 each season.

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