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The 2009 FIA International Formula Two Championship season was the first year of the relaunched FIA Formula Two Championship. The championship began on May 30 at the Circuit de Valencia and finished on November 1 at the Circuit de Catalunya, after eight double-header rounds. Andy Soucek was a dominant champion, finishing over 50 points clear of runner-up Robert Wickens.
Background & championship format
The series saw the drivers using a chassis that was built at the WilliamsF1 team's headquarters at Grove in Oxfordshire. It was named as the JPH1, incorporating the initials of series boss Jonathan Palmer and Patrick Head, engineering director for Williams. The car was given two shakedown tests at Palmer's Bedford Autodrome by Steven Kane, before the car was officially launched on March 2 at Brands Hatch – the headquarters of MotorSport Vision, who run all the cars in the series.
At each event there were two 30-minute practice sessions, two 30-minute qualifying sessions and two 40-minute (or 110 km, whichever comes first) races, with no pit stops required in either. Points were awarded to the top eight drivers in the race, and were awarded in the same system as Formula One: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1, and only a driver's best fourteen scores counted towards the championship. That said, no driver had to drop scores in the championship due to all of them having two or more non-points-scoring races.
The winner of the FIA Formula Two Championship receives a full test with the AT&T Williams F1 team, which will be run in such a way as to seriously evaluate the driver with regard to their potential as a Formula One driver. Drivers finishing in the first three places in the final classification of the Formula Two Championship qualify for an FIA Super Licence.
The season was overshadowed by the fatal accident suffered by Henry Surtees
at Brands Hatch
. All the cars carried a tribute to Surtees for the rest of the season.
- Entering FIA Formula Two Championship
- Midseason changes
† - Surtees was fatally injured after an accident, during the second race at the fourth round at Brands Hatch. Surtees's slot was filled by Ollie Hancock after round five.
The first group test was held on May 6, at Snetterton in Norfolk. In the morning, 21 of the series' 24 drivers were within a second of each other. Two sessions were held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There was another group test at Silverstone on May 18, with two dry sessions and one wet session. Two other test days were held during the session, one at Donington Park, and one at Circuit de Catalunya.
The Formula Two calendar consists of eight rounds with two races at each event.
||Finished, in points
||Finished, no points
|Not classified (NC)
||Did not finish (Ret)
||Did not qualify (DNQ)
|Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
||Did not start (DNS)
|Race cancelled (C)
||Did not participate