Saudi Arabia’s HH Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal enjoys run in F2 car
(10 May) – Saudi Arabia’s HH Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal enjoyed a maiden run in an F2 car, having been welcomed to the championship’s main operations centre at Bedford Autodrome by Series Director Jonathan Palmer. Al Faisal began racing in 2007 in Formula BMW Bahrain, where he finished third in his first ever season.
He then made the switch to sportscar racing in 2008 and has met with regular success since, culminating in a superb campaign in the 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East where he finished as champion having won nine races and finished second in the remaining three. With such experience behind him, Al Faisal admitted he had been able to adapt quickly to the F2 car, although the increased power and driveability of the car still came as a pleasant surprise. “Obviously the car has more power as it is a lighter weight,” he reflected, “but it was very nice to drive and I adapted quickly. It was my first time left foot braking as well, but that seemed to come very naturally. The car was very easy to drive as a race car – I did 74 laps, but I could have done 74 more!
“I didn’t do much set up work on the day, I just wanted to learn the track and acclimatise to the car. F2 certainly puts on a good show – Jonathan Palmer has been around for a long time in motorsport, so the organisation of the championship was impressive, and watching the last two races in Marrakech was very exciting! Overall the day was great, the car was great, and I think any driver would enjoy it.”
It was not just Al Faisal’s enthusiasm that impressed on the day, however, with the F2 personnel – including PalmerSport’s Deputy Chief Instructor Mick Maggio – lauding both his commitment and raw pace as he lapped the circuit. And whilst he confirmed his immediate future lay in Porsche-based championships, Al Faisal admitted running so well in the test had only fired his passion for single seaters. “I had a very good season this year: I won nine of the 12 races and finished second three times,” he said. “Now for me it is all about the next step forward, which will most likely mean racing in Porsche in
Germany or the Porsche Supercup. I started my career in Formula BMW though, and I love single seaters, so it would never be a bad thing.