GP2 close to get­ting For­mula 2 re­brand­ing

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The GP2 Se­ries could still be re­branded as For­mula 2 in time for the start of the 2017 sea­son by the FIA.

The ac­qui­si­tion of For­mula 1’s com­mer­cial rights by Lib­erty Me­dia means the com­pany now also con­trols the GP2 and GP3 feeder se­ries, which had pre­vi­ously been owned by the CVC group since 2007.

Im­ple­ment­ing the change, which has been mooted since the World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil gave its back­ing to the plans in De­cem­ber 2015, had pre­vi­ously been a slow process, with erst­while F1 supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone telling the WMSC last year that GP2 would be bet­ter off gov­ern­ing it­self.

But that process is un­der­stood to have sped up since Ec­cle­stone’s de­par­ture, with sources close to MN’S sis­ter brand Au­tosport say­ing that the se­ries has a 50 per cent chance of be­ing com­pleted in 2017.

The se­ries’ 2017 cal­en­dar starts with a round in Bahrain – sup­port­ing the Grand Prix – in April, mean­ing a vote on any change could be held dur­ing the WMSC meet­ing in Geneva on March 9.

GP2 field could be F2 from this year

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