All about the Superleague Formula

So, here are my findings on this bizarre formula.

A race weekend consists of the following:

  • Saturday – two 45 minute practice sessions, one hour rookie session, qualifying
  • Sunday – two 44 minute races, the second one with a reverse grid
  • Some kind of Super Final race at the end of the season

I’m already confused. Don’t let’s even talk about qualifying.

The benefits of racing in this sport include very high prize money, and a test for the champion in an as-yet undecided F1 team.

The cars run V12 engines, and are usually around 11 or 12 seconds off the pace of an F1 car.

The 2010 calendar looks something like this:

1 Silverstone UK Apr 3/4
2 Assen Holland May 15/16
3 Magny-Cours France May 22/23
4 Jarama Spain Jun 19/20
5 Nürburgring Germany Jun 26/27
6 Oschersleben Germany Jul 3/4
7 Zolder Belgium Jul 17/18
8 Brands Hatch UK Jul 31/Aug 1
9 Estoril Portugal Sep 18/19
10 Monza Italy Oct 2/3
11 Jerez Spain Nov 13/14

So far, the championship has been won by Beijing Gouan, and Liverpool FC, and previous participants I have actually heard of include Robert Doornbos, Sebastien Bourdais, Giorgio Pantano, plus a couple of drivers who took part in the F1 Young Driver test at the end of last year.

8 thoughts on “All about the Superleague Formula

  1. A Danish club called Midtjylland have a team in the Formula and were offering last year to send a bus of football supporters down to Zolder after they had seen the football game for free. Sounds like a good way to gain interest to me 😉

  2. I didn’t know any cars raced at Assen. I thought it was just a bike racing track.

    I hope we get the chance to watch Franck racing in superleague this year.

  3. Steven,

    The first corner was reprofiled in 2006 in order to host a Champcar world series race in 2007.

    Incidentally I have a colleague who is from Assen and is naturally very much a racing fan 🙂

  4. Don’t let’s even talk about qualifying.

    Heehee. 😀

    If this is really going to work, they need to have some bigger soccer teams there. I’m thinking Manchester United, AC Milan, LA Galaxy. But then this race series needs them more than they need the race series…

  5. Come on, there’s cars, but more importantly, there’s Franck. You. must. go. to. Silverstone. Have I mentioned this enough?

    I know but it’s an F1 weekend. We’ll have to try and work something out.

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