Natacha Gachnang to Make F2 Debut in 2009

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Natacha Gachnang has become the first female driver to announce her presence in the inaugural Formula 2 championship next year. The Swiss driver, placed 3rd overall in last season's Spanish Formula 3 championship, will therefore complete one more step of her attempt to make her Formula 1 debut in the years to come.

“I’m delighted to be doing Formula Two next season because it brings me that much closer to achieving my dream of getting into Formula One. To be honest, I try not to think about being a woman in a male-dominated sport. At times it has probably helped me, but I think it has also been hard to get people to really believe in me as a driver, especially as I climb the motorsport ladder,” admitted Natacha after receiving confirmation of her racing seat next year.

“F2 will be a big step up from F3, and people might expect me to struggle, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and showing everyone what I can do. I have already raced against Sebastian Vettel in Formula BMW ADAC so I’m not daunted; as a driver you want to be racing against the best because you need to be constantly challenging yourself to get better,” added the 21-year old cousin of potential 2009 F1 driver Sebastien Buemi.

Formula 2 is aiming to challenge the GP2 championship as feeder series to Formula 1 and bringing a female driver in is surely welcomed – at least in terms of media recognition – on the series' debut in the motorsport spectrum.

“I’m delighted that Natacha has joined Formula Two. I had the pleasure of racing with Desiré Wilson - one of the few women who has made it into Formula One - in the Brands Hatch 1000km race in the early 1980’s, and she was mighty quick. It would be fantastic if Natacha could achieve similar success; certainly she has had some outstanding results and is the best female prospect around at the moment, so we’re thrilled to have her in Formula Two,” said Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision (the company that will run the F2 series next year).

Natacha Gachnang is the 6th driver to be confirmed for the inaugural F2 racing series, alongside Robert Wickens, Armaan Ebrahim (both competing in the A1 GP series), Julien Jousse,Tobias Hegewald and Jason Moore.
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