WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EIGHT FORMER F4UAE RACERS CONTEST FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
Yas Marina Circuit is this weekend hosting the season finale of the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup Championship, where eight former F4UAE championship drivers return to the United Arab Emirates to compete for the first time since their Middle East campaigns.
So where have our graduates been racing since, and what have they achieved?
OSCAR PIASTRI: One of the more successful graduates is Australian Oscar Piastri. After contesting three rounds of F4UAE in 2016/2017 with Dragon Racing (and scoring two podiums), Piastri moved on to the British F4 Championship for TRS Arden Junior Team where he finished runner-up in the 2017 title chase, thanks to six wins and six pole positions. In 2018, Piastri made his debut in Formula Renault Eurocup where he claimed three podiums. His first race win came at Silverstone this year (which was part of a double victory that weekend) and has since won another race at Spa-Francorchamps. Piastri leads the championship chase heading into this weekend’s finale at Yas Marina Circuit,
CAIO COLLET: Brazilian Caio Collet contested two rounds of F4UAE during the 2017/2018 season, where he successfully took a race win and six podiums in just seven races total. After leaving the Middle East, he went on to claim the 2018 French F4 Championship with seven wins and 13 podiums. In 2019, Collet became a member of the Renault Sport Academy in Formula Renault Eurocup and currently sits fourth outright. He has been the top rookie finisher in nine races this season.
PETR PTACEK: Czech racer Petr Ptacek contested F4UAE in 2017/2018 for Rasgaira Motorsports, scoring two race podium finishes in his first weekend. In 2018, he finished seventh outright in Spanish F4 (with one win and four podiums) and fifth outright in Italian F4 that same year. He currently sits seventh outright in Formula Renault Eurocup with one podium this year
PATRIK PASMA: Finnish racer Patrik Pasma only ever did one round of F4UAE in 2017/2018, but has finished top-10 in two seasons of British F4. Pasma was classified seventh outright in 2017 (four podiums) and sixth in in 2018 (two wins, 11 podiums and four poles). This year he has raced in Formula Renault Eurocup scoring one podium and sits 10th outright heading into this weekend.
AMAURY CORDEEL: Belgian racer Amaury Cordeel joined F4UAE in 2017/2018 after contesting a full season of French F4. Joining Dragon Racing, Cordeel raced in five of six rounds scoring three podiums and one race win. After leaving F4UAE, he went on to win the 2018 Spanish F4 Championship with three wins and 12 podiums – as well as competing in a few rounds of Italian F4 – before moving up to Formula Renault Eurocup this year with MP Motorsport.
MATTEO NANNINI: Italian Matteo Nannini claimed his maiden open-wheeler and circuit racing title when he won the 2018/2019 F4UAE Championship for Xcel Motorsport. The 16-year-old also won the Rookie Championship and helped his team take the Teams Championship as well. Scoring seven race wins and 16 podiums, he was the most successful racer this season before moving onto various European open-wheeler championships as of April. Nannini has one start in Spanish F4 where he scored two top-five results, but has focused mostly on the Formula Regional European Championship in 2019.
LUCAS ALECCO ROY: Monaco resident Lucas Alecco Roy started his open-wheeler career in F4UAE, where he contested both the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons; the latter being his best season with three race wins and nine podiums. Participating in numerous European championships, Roy raced in German F4 in 2018 and 2019, did two rounds of Italian F4 in 2018, and subsequently the whole season of Italian F4 in 2019 where he scored second place at the season opener. Roy made his debut in Formula Renault Eurocup this year where he has competed at four rounds prior to his start this weekend at Yas Marina Circuit.
SEBASTIAN FERNANDEZ: Venezuelan Sebastian Fernandez made his circuit racing debut in 2016 across the Italian F4, Spanish F4 and German F4 championships before coming to F4UAE in 2016/2017. He scored one race win and two podiums in the UAE before going back to Europe. He finished fourth outright in the 2017 Italian F4 season (five race wins) and in 2018 competed in the Formula 3 European Championship for Motopark. This year he claimed one podium in Formula Renault Eurocup at Spa-Francorchamps.