Parthiva Sureshwaren

Lycamobile-backed Indian racer targets strong results in 2012

India’s Parthiva Sureshwaren will return to the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship after renewing his sponsorship partnership with mobile network provider Lycamobile.

The Chennai-born driver joined F2 in 2010, and after a solid start at Silverstone and Marrakech he scored his best result of the year at Monza, finishing 10th in race two to earn his maiden points finish.  He went on to challenge for the points on several other occasions, notably finishing 12th at Zolder and 11th at Portimão.

Last season he became a regular top 15 finisher with impressive drives at the final two rounds of Monza and Barcelona, as well as narrowly missing out on a points finish at Brands Hatch after working his way through the field.

Prior to competing in F2, Parthiva established a reputation as one of his country’s leading talents after success in a variety of national championships earned him a call to represent his country in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Sureshwaren said: “I am really happy to return to Formula Two after gaining a lot of experience in the last couple of seasons.  I feel confident heading into this season as I have a better understanding of the car and am better prepared for it.  2012 is an important year for me so I will work hard to achieve the best possible result.  My aim this season is to improve my overall performance by regularly finishing in the points and score some podium finishes.”

Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Chief Executive, added: “I’m delighted Parthiva is back in F2 this year.  He had some very strong performances last season, including a superb drive at Brands Hatch in race two where he made up eight places from 19th on the grid, and I’m quite sure he will build on his experiences in 2012.  He’s certainly capable of scoring frequently and securing his maiden podium.”

The opening rounds of the FIA Formula Two Championship get underway at Silverstone on 13-15 April.