Formula One: F2 Champion Dean Stoneman Wins Test Drive With Williams

Alistair HunterContributor ISeptember 19, 2010

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Fabio Capello the England is seen outside the Williams garage before practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2010 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Dean Stoneman has won a test drive with the AT&T Williams Formula One Team after securing victory in the 2010 Formula Two championship. The British driver started the first race in Valencia with a 31 point gap over his closest rival Jolyon Palmer, and finished two places behind to win the championship with one race remaining.

Palmer gained an advantage in qualifying for the first race in Valencia by qualifying seventh, while Stoneman only managed to qualify 11th. Italian driver Nicola De Marco started on pole position ahead of Benjamin Lariche.

De Marco led from the start despite pressure from Will Bratt, who took advantage of two of the drivers around him crashing out to move up to second. Armaan Ebrahim stayed in third position and claimed his first podium, finishing 16.605 seconds behind second placed Bratt and a further 1.210 seconds behind race winner De Marco.

Elsewhere, Stoneman made up two places on the opening lap to leave him ninth, staying close behind a battle between championship contender Palmer and Belgian driver Benjamin Bailly for seventh. Despite holding off Bailly, Palmer could only finish seventh, which gave him six points, but Stoneman's ninth place gained two vital points in his title challenge, leaving him with a unassailable 27 point advantage in the championship with one race remaining.

As well as getting a test in F1 with Williams in Abu Dhabi later this year, he has earned a FIA superlicense to allow him to race in F1, which was also awarded to Palmer in second place and the competitor in third place, which will not be decided until the second race in Valencia later today.

Dean Stoneman started his career in karting, before competing in various Formula Renault 2.0 UK BARC and Winter Series races between 2006 and 2008, before finishing fourth in the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship. In his first season of the Formula Two championship this year, he has won six races so far and has been on the podium 12 times.