Throughout the history of motor racing, Formula 2 has represented the penultimate step on the ladder, one away from the pinnacle that is Formula 1.
F2 has taken a few different forms over the years but is once again considered the second-tier competition and a feeder division to F1.
And it's back for 2023, with plenty to look out for away from the glitz and glamour of the main circuit.
The Sporting News gives the basic run-down of Formula 2 right here...
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Simply defined, Formula 2 is the second tier of single-seater motor-racing.
Considered a great breeding ground for Formula 1 and self-styled as the scene of "stars of tomorrow", with more than half of F2 drivers belonging to an F1 academy, it's a 'one-design' championship, meaning the cars are identical in terms of performance. As such, it's all about the skill of the drivers, rather than how fast the constructors can make their cars.
There are 14 race weekends in the 2023 F2 season calendar, with two races in every event. Practice and qualifying takes places on Fridays, with a sprint race on Saturday and the main feature race on Sunday.
F2 has had a couple of revivals in recent years. Between 1984 and 2009 it was replaced by the Formula 300 series, to cut costs.
Between 2009 and 2012, F2 was given a reboot with all drivers competing with assigned engineers rather than for different teams. Then, it came back again in 2017 under its current guise, a rebrand of the successful GP2 format, which was starting to attract the better drivers.
These are the champions of F2 since 2017, with all apart from 2022 winner Felipe Drugovich going on to compete in Formula 1 at some stage after their victories.
|2019||Nyck de Vries|
These are the following drivers confirmed for the F2 2023 grid. Although they are split into teams, all drivers will race with an identical Dallara F2 2018 chassis with a V6 turbo engine developed by Mecachrome and tyres made by Pirelli.
|MP Motorsport||Dennis Hauger, Jehan Daruvala|
|Rodin Carlin||Zane Maloney, Enzo Fittipaldi|
|ART Grand Prix||Theo Pourchaire, Victor Martins|
|Prema Racing||Frederik Vesti, Oliver Bearman|
|Hitech Pulse-Eight||Jak Crawford, Isack Hadjar|
|DAMS||Ayumu Iwasa, Arthur Leclerc|
|Invicta Virtuosi Racing||Jack Doohan, Amaury Cordeel|
|PHM Racing by Charouz||Roy Nissany, Brad Benavides|
|Trident||Roman Stanek, Clement Novalak|
|Van Amersfoort Racing||Richard Verschoor, Juan Manuel Correa|
|Campos Racing||Kush Maini, Ralph Boschung|