The GP2 Series originally started in 2005 with 12 teams on the grid, and Trident joined the field in 2006 after being selected among 10 other top motorsports teams.
In 2017, the GP2 Series was renamed Formula 2 and became a key step for towards Formula 1. The stars of the series have been given an increasingly high chance to access F1 directly and it is currently getting more and more attention by the F1 teams and insiders. With two races held on the same weekends of the Formula 1 Grand Prix events, the Formula 2 frontrunners have a unique exposure level. Not only from a media standpoint, but also in terms of attention gathered from the Formula 1 team managers, who have the opportunity to meet them and see them in action so to select the most deserving prospects. In 2018, the FIA Formula 2 Championship feature a brand-new car which was displayed at the Grand Prix of Italy. The many innovations are highlighted by the use of a turbo engine, which makes the series even more relevant compared to Formula 1 from a technical point of view.
The race week-end format is particularly exciting for the public and especially demanding for teams and drivers both in F2 and F3. The results from the qualifying sessions determines the starting grid for Race 1, while the first 8 positions from Race 1 are inverted thus defining the starting grid for Race 2, which introduces the Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday:
- 2 races per weekend (Feature Race & Sprint Race);
- reversed grid for Race 2;
- identical cars with Dallara structure, Renault engine and Pirelli tyres;
- friday AM 45 mins Free Practice;
- friday PM 30 mins Qualifying;
- saturday AM Race 1/Feature Race;
- sunday AM Race 2/Sprint Race.