UIM Formula 2

Since the start of the 2016 season, Team Abu Dhabi has participated in the increasingly popular UIM F2 World Championship.

The series runs to a similar points-scoring format to F1 H2O racing and began in this format in 2002. Each round regularly attracts 20-25 entries and the races take place on a multi-pin course of around 1600-2000 metres in length with both right and left turns. Boats line up on a pontoon according to their qualifying position and the race of between 35-40 laps begins from a dead engine start procedure.

The races are largely based on lakes and rivers in Europe and attract many Scandinavian drivers. The Grand Prix weekend can also feature a Match Race and a Speed Record after the traditional three qualifying sessions.

The fastest 16 drivers from qualifying are permitted to take part in the Match Race. They are paired to race against each other over two laps of a specially designed course. The driver starting on the left runs the shorter circuit and the driver on the right runs the longer one. After one lap, they change position and reach the finish line after travelling the same distance. The winners from the first heats then progress to the quarterfinals, semi-finals and then the final. Points are also awarded.

The Speed Record contests are held before the Match Races. Each of the 16 drivers is allowed one attempt to post the fastest speed on the longest part of the Match Race straight. A radar gun measures the speeds and different propellers are often used to reach those speeds. Points are also awarded.

Boats are fitted with 2.5-litre Mercury OptiMax outboard engines. The hulls are the same as those used in F1 racing, with a minimum length of 4.8 metres and a minimum weight of 513kg (including the driver). All boats are fitted with safety crash boxes, but the engines in F2 boats deliver less power and top speed than their F1 counterparts.

For more information visit www.f2worldchamp.com