AUH Motorsports, the promoter of the Formula 4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth, has confirmed that season 2021 will go ahead as planned in the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the ongoing concerns surrounding the global pandemic, and many questioning the viability of motorsport in the current climate, technical director Craig Thompson has today reconfirmed that the fifth season of the F4UAE Championship will go head as planned starting in less than two month’s time.

“It’s understandable that many might have doubts over whether motorsport championships can run as normal in 2021, however we have been meeting regularly with local government authorities and can confirm that F4UAE has the complete backing on the Emirates Motorsports Organisation (EMSO), our local governing body of motorsport, for 2021,” said Thompson. “We will start our season again as a support to the Dubai 24 Hours in January, and wrap up the season in early March. We look forward to welcoming a new round of young aspiring drivers to the United Arab Emirates in the coming months."

The F4UAE Championship – which has had more than 60 drivers from 30 countries compete since the category started in 2016 – will begin for points in earnest on 13 January 2021 as a support to the famed 24-hour endurance race at the Dubai Autodrome and run over five rounds in total until March 2021.

Information about pre-season testing dates will be published in due course, as well as next year's sporting regulations which are in final stages of approval. Interested parties wanting to join the grid in 2021 can email craig@auhmotorsports.com

The full 2021 F4UAE Championship calendar can be found here.