The provisional team line-up for the 2018 FIA F2 Championship has been announced and, following a one year break from the sport, Carlin Motorsport are set to make a return.
The British outfit competed in the series from 2011 to 2016 with a highest placed finish of second in the Teams Championship coming in 2012. Finishing a disappointing tenth in 2016, they withdrew from the series to focus on their other single seat ventures.
These 2017 ventures have proven rather more fruitful, with wins coming in the British F3 and F4 championships with Enaam Ahmed and Jamie Caroline, respectively. Another win came from Lando Norris in the European F3 Championship.
With F3 feeding straight into F2 and Norris making his debut in the series for Campos at the Abu Dhabi finale, there is a very real possibility that he will form part of Carlin's 2018 F2 driver pairing.
Norris has, of course, done nothing to dispel that line of thinking, with a potentially suggestive thank you tweet to the team following his second placed finish in Macau.
Carlin are not the only new team to enter the F2 championship next year. Fortec Motorsport currently compete in a number of single seat categories, but will step into Formula 2 for the first time next year.
Joining them for their maiden outing in the series are Charouz Racing System, who have enjoyed success in a number of single seat categories, not least in the World Series Formula V8 3.5, where they have just taken the Teams Championship and the Drivers Championship with Pietro Fittipaldi.
Failing to renew their entries in 2018 are Rapax and Russian Time. The Russian outfit are currently in a three way battle for the Team's Championship, with just 6 points separating the top three going into the final round.
F2 CEO stated that, having received a number of "high quality requests" to join the series, he is open to adding another team to the entry list in the coming weeks, to take the entry list to a total of 12 teams.