F4UAE RETURNS TO THE FORMULA 1 STAGE WITH SUPPORT EVENT IN ABU DHABI
The FIA Formula 4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth will commence its 2021/2022 season with a non-championship support event at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 later this year.
Having previously supported the F1 grand finale back in 2019, F4UAE will commence its sixth season with a non-point scoring Trophy Round at Yas Marina Circuit this coming December, before the championship begins in earnest in January 2022.
The season ahead also will see F4UAE debuting the new “second generation” T-421 Tatuus race car, with increased support from technical partners Tatuus and Autotecnica Motori.
A detailed five-round championship calendar is expected to be announced in the coming days, but it is expected that at least four new teams will be part of the 2021/2022 championship; a mix of both European and UAE-based. The season will include a support round to the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai in January as well shared events across both the Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit, confirmed F4UAE promoter Craig Thompson.
“With the new Gen2 Tatuus race car and us returning to race in front of Formula 1, this season will be our biggest yet,” said Thompson.
“The majority of our young drivers aspire to race in F1 so this will be another exciting opportunity for them to showcase their skills in front of the best teams in the world and their racing heroes, and if they impress it can be a launchpad for opportunities next season in Europe for sure.
“It was a huge thrill last time we competed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and to now do so with the brand new Tatuus race car, and on the newly configured Yas Marina Circuit layout, adds that extra level of excitement. We’ve had a fantastic response since announcing the new car and orders are already coming in, so we’re hoping it’s going to be a thrilling season of racing ahead.
“I would like to thank all parties involved including the FIA, Tatuus, Formula 1 Management and not least Yas Marina Circuit for making this support event possible again,” concluded Thompson.
The F1 support event will include 110-120 minutes of total track time with one pre-event test day included in the weeks before. This will be for teams and drivers to become familiarised with changes to the circuit layout which were announced last month and a full rehearsal of car movements and team logistics in place as a support category. Entries will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis with entry forms now available on the official F4UAE website.
Additional days of pre-season testing is also being arranged at both Yas Marina Circuit and Dubai Autodrome for teams competing in the full championship (details to be confirmed next month). Full championship sporting and technical regulations, supplier information calendar and live streaming updates will be announced soon.
F4 is open to drivers aged 15 years and above and was initially created by the world’s governing body of motorsport, the FIA, to help young drivers bridge the gap between existing karting and regional racing series, to European competition and potentially Formula 1.
Governed by the Emirates Motorsport Orgainzation (EMSO), F4UAE launched in 2016 and has since welcomed 80 drivers from 41 countries and is the only FIA-sanctioned open-wheeler category in the Middle East. Past champions include Enzo Trulli (ITA), Francesco Pizzi (ITA), Matteo Nannini (ITA), Charles Weerts (BEL), and Jonathan Aberdein (ZAF).
Over the last five seasons, F4UAE has continued to build a strong developmental platform, by providing various benefits including more than 40 hours of track time each season, practice start sessions at test days to help new drivers learn to start races safely, media coaching workshops, opportunities to learn from race control officials to better understand the regulatory side of the sport; all aspects which hold young racers in good stead for future development up the racing ladder.
Utilising the new second-generation Tatuus chassis from Italy with the Abarth Turbo engine for the UAE championship, the open-wheeler category allows new drivers extra seat time to become familiar with the unique purpose-built race cars, while teams are given the opportunity to test and refine their engineering and operations at international-standard circuits.
The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island from 9-12 December, 2021. General public and corporate ticket information is available now: https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/
Drivers wishing to enquire about competing in the 2021/2022 F4UAE Championship season are welcome to email the category promoter email@example.com
The OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM can be downloaded here.