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Parthiva to race in F2

19th Mar 2010 7:00 am

Parthiva becomes the second Indian driver to race in the F2 championship this season.

Parthiva Sureshwaren is the latest driver to confirm his berth in the 2010 Formula Two championship. After Armaan Ebrahim confirmed his participation in the championship for the second consecutive year, Sureshwaren becomes the second Indian driver to race a full F2 season. 

"I'm looking forward to the new F2 season as I have already tested the car in Valencia and I know most of the F2 circuits. The car has good downforce and good ground effect aerodynamics, so my first impressions of it were very positive,” Parthiva Sureshwaren said.

“My aim is to score points regularly and by mid-season be in a position to score podiums, and I'm confident I can achieve that," he added.

The Chennai based driver faces some tough competition from several quick young drivers who are close to finalising their budgets and it is looks like the second season of F2 will feature a full grid of 24 cars.

Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Series Director, said, "Parthiva is our second Indian driver in the 2010 championship, which really affirms F2's strong international profile, particularly in a country where the popularity of motorsport is growing so quickly now with Karun Chandok graduating to F1.”

He further added, “Parthiva has already experienced a similarly high level of motorsport when he competed in A1GP, so I'm sure he will be looking to make a strong start to the season." 

Sureshwaren began his single seater career in 2001 when he competed in the British F3 National Class. He went on to contest selected races in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in the USA before taking an enforced sabbatical from the sport due to a lack of budget. He returned to competitive motorsport in 2007 when he contested a part season in Formula Renault V6 Asia - scoring two podiums in his first eight races.

His performances landed him races with A1 Team India in Eastern Creek, Australia, and a permanent reserve driver position. He raced again for the team in 2008 when he stood in for the injured Narain Karthikeyan in Durban, South Africa.

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