I popped into Snetterton this morning, the first group test for the new FIA Formula Two. Very different from the F2 we all knew, now a one-make formula single seater designed by Patrick Head and Williams, no teams as such, as all cars are run by Jonathan Palmer's 'Formula Palmer Audi' operation at Bedford. Each driver is allocated an engineer and a couple of mechanics from FPA.
Apart from a few familiar faces from the past hanging around the pitlane, it was all very different from F2 as I recall.
One throwback was the Surtees name, John's son Henry in an F2 car and sporting those 'matchbox' colours, albeit without the backing. I said to John how good it looked and now it needs is the Matchbox logo, he replied 'it also needs some funding and sponsorship'! Anyway, some pics from this morning with Big John overseeing his son's progress and pleased to say fully fit again after his heart bypass operation just before Christmas.
Edited by Andrew Kitson, 06 May 2009 - 12:20.