GP2 close to getting Formula 2 rebranding
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.