Hitech Grand Prix announce their participation in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The race-winning team will join the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship for the first time, racing under numbers 24 and 25, across twelve rounds as a support category for the FIA Formula One Grand Prix.
Hitech GP enjoyed a successful outing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship last season, finishing second in the team’s Championship and fourth in the drivers’ standings, with four wins, one pole position and six podium finishes.
The team will field the Formula 2 car, a Dallara-based chassis which features a 3.4 litre single turbo charged Mecachrome engine, plus DRS and halo.
The 2020 FIA F2 calendar features twelve rounds, all forming part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends. Newly announced on the calendar, the championship will visit Zandvoort, The Netherlands, for the first-time. Hitech will make their first F2 appearance at the official pre-season tests at the Bahrain International Circuit on 1st – 3rd March.
Hitech GP Team Principal, Oliver Oakes, reflected on the step up to Formula 2:
“I’d like to thank Bruno for the trust placed in Hitech to give us an additional entry. Stepping up to F2 was always something we were aspiring towards, once we had established ourselves in the new era of Formula 3.
“With the new 18-inch rims and some car updates coming to F2 in 2020 it made entering now much more necessary than the end of 2020 where we would be a year behind the learning process.
“Of course, joining the grid this late means we are slightly up against it – but at Hitech we like a challenge! We are under no illusions that it will be a big task to compete against some very established teams in F2, but I believe in our group and I am really excited for the first event in March at Bahrain.”
Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel said:
“I am pleased to welcome Hitech Grand Prix to our 2020 F2 grid. As stated before, many teams continuously show interest in joining our Championship. Today’s driver market combined with Hitech’s prowess meant this addition to the new season became possible.”
“Hitech Grand Prix enjoyed a strong Formula 3 season in 2019 and I know that although they are joining late, they will be able to adapt quickly to Formula 2 in order to fight against the other teams.”