The FIA Formula 2 championship is set to become the path of least resistance to Grand Prix racing following planned changes to F1's superlicence system.
Formula 1 currently requires a driver to collect 40 points over a three-year period to be eligible for a superlicence, with winners of F2, European F3, Formula E, IndyCar and the WEC LMP1 class automatically awarded the approval.
At last week's presentation in Monza of F2's 2018 car, series' technical director Didier Perrin revealed that upcoming changes to the superlicence system would emphasize results achieved in the junior championship by allocating more points to race winners.
“The superlicence points system is going to be revised,” Perrin told Motorsport.com.
"It's going to become almost compulsory to race in F2 – it won't be mandatory in theory, but it will be the preferred path to F1.
"It's very important – we want to give some value back to the driver's competitiveness rather than their wallet.
"It will promote F2 a lot, as it will be the category that gives the most points and the best technical preparation to go to F1.
"It will be published soon. I don't want to speak on behalf of the FIA, since the FIA is going to give it, but everything will be done for F2 to become almost a prerequisite for F1."
Under the guidance of the FIA, F2 continues to draw closer to Formula 1. The series races on the same bill as the senior category and will also implement the 'halo' cockpit protection system for 2018.