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Another British superstar in the making
Stoneman takes F2 title and earns spot on Williams' team
Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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We could have another British F1 superstar in our midst after Dean Stoneman won the F2 title at the weekend in only his first season in F2 racing.
The 20-year-old from Southampton has earned a test with the Williams F1 team on the back of this success. The win means he also qualifies for the FIA superlicence that allows him to race in the premier motor racing competition. He won six races in this year’s F2 and will now get his chance for Williams in the young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the F1 season. Compatriot Jolyon Palmer finished second in the F2 classifications.
Williams’ technical director Sam Michael told the BBC: “Stoneman and Palmer have really stretched out above the rest of the field, but what we’ll really find out is what happen when Stoneman gets in a F1 car and we should see that at Abu Dhabi.”
Stoneman’s record in the 2008 Formula Renault UK series was better than current McLaren superstar Lewis Hamilton managed in his debut year in the competition. This highlights the young racer’s potential.
Elsewhere in F1, Virgin Racing have signed Belgian GP2 driver Jerome D’Ambrosio in an evaluation role for four of the five races remaining in the current F1 calendar.
The 25-year-old is set to take part in the Friday morning practice sessions at the Singapore, Japanese, Korean and Brazilian GPs. He has spent four seasons in the GP2 feeder series and is the reserve and test driver for Renault.
Also, be sure to keep your schedule free from Friday as the Singapore GP happens this weekend and promises to be a fascinating race. It’s make or break time for a few drivers now and this race could start to spread the top five out as we head towards the climax of the season. I, personally, cannot contain my excitement!