F2 Champion Puts Career On Hold Due to Testicular Cancer

Reigning Formula 2 champion Dean Stoneman will not compete in any motor racing series in 2011 due to an illness. According to a report from British magazine Autosport, the 20-year old racer was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The same publication reports that sources close to the aforementioned racer revealed that he has been diagnosed by the doctors early in his illness and has a high chance of making a full recovery. Consequently, he will start treatment immediately.

Stoneman intends to return to the track as soon as he is back to full health, however the driver's family have requested that their privacy be respected in the meantime,” further reports Autosport.

The British driver was scheduled to do a full-time campaign in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2011 for ISR team, alongside new Scuderia Toro Rosso Friday driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Having competed for Silver Lining in the F2 series last year, Stoneman recorded 6 wins and 13 podiums on his way to the title. It was his second winning season in career, after having clinched the Formula Renault UK Graduate Cup back in 2008.

Following his F2 success, Stoneman was offered the chance to test drive an F1 car by Williams-Cosworth during last November's rookie test in Abu Dhabi. Although approximately 2 seconds slower than Ricciardo's time (who drove a Red Bull RB6), his performance in Day 1 of the test was good enough for 5th place.
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