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Carlin, Fortec and Charouz join expanded Formula Two grid for 2018

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    Formula Two has announced an expansion to 11 teams for 2018 with the possibility a 12th will join before the season begins.

    Carlin will make its return to the championship and given its track record with Lando Norris over the last three years it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the McLaren junior driver turn up there. He’s making his F2 debut with Campos in Abu Dhabi.

    Fortec will also arrive – they have well-heeled Force India tester Alfonso Celis on their roster in Formula V8 3.5 so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him here instead of there next year. Charouz is another Formula V8 3.5 team – they run the Lotus squad – so it’s not looking good for that beleaguered series.

    Russian Time and Rapax are set to disappear from the F2 field so the total entrant is only up by one. However series boss Bruno Michel says a space is being kept open for a 12th:

    Eleven teams entered for 2018 season with possible twelfth team to be confirmed
    FIA Formula 2 Championship organisers are pleased to announce that eleven teams have been entered for the 2018 season. Eight of the outfits currently competing in the Championship will return, whilst three new squads will be introduced: Carlin, Fortec Motorsport and Charouz Racing System.

    Carlin is a British outfit with winning experience in numerous top categories and it is well-known for fostering drivers to success. Fortec Motorsports, owned by former racing driver Richard Dutton, is also a British team involved in six categories with a record of 20 driver championships and 12 team championships. Charouz Racing System is a Czech outfit, created by Antonin Charouz in 1985, with record of racing in such prestigious categories as the 24 hours of Le Mans.

    A twelfth team could be added to the grid in the coming weeks.

    FIA Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel said: “We’re happy to announce our line-up for next season. We have decided to remain loyal to the majority of our existing teams who know the Championship well and are strong assets to nurture young drivers.

    “We are pleased to welcome Carlin, Fortec and Charouz to the grid. They will get their first taste of F2 early 2018 at the new car shakedown which date will be announced in the coming weeks.

    “We have received high quality requests from many teams who wish to join our Championship. Therefore, we keep open the possibility to add a twelfth team to our line-up before the end of this year.”

    The following teams are entered in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship season:

    Arden International – GBR
    ART Grand Prix – FRA
    Campos Racing – ESP
    Carlin – GBR
    Charouz Racing System – CZE
    DAMS – FRA
    Fortec Motorsports – GBR
    MP Motorsport – NLD
    PREMA Racing – ITA
    Racing Engineering – ESP
    Trident – ITA

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