F4UAE ENTRIES FLOOD IN FOR FORMULA 1 SUPPORT EVENT IN ABU DHABI
Promoters of the FIA Formula 4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth have been inundated with interest for the upcoming 2021/2022 season, especially with the recently announced non-championship support event at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 in December.
F4UAE previously supported the F1 grand finale back in 2019 and will return this year to commence a sixth season on track with a non-point scoring Trophy Round at Yas Marina Circuit this December, before the championship begins in earnest in January 2022.
The season ahead sees F4UAE debuting the new “second generation” T-421 Tatuus race car, with increased support from technical partners Tatuus and Autotecnica Motori; a factor that has driven interest in the championship above previous seasons says F4UAE promoter Craig Thompson.
“There's no doubt that running the new Gen2 Tatuus race car and F4UAE returning to race in front of Formula 1 has peaked a lot of interest this week which is exciting,” said Thompson.
"We've had interest from many of our current teams, new teams in Europe and we have a new team already locked in for the UAE as well. So far we have 15 entries in and while we are working with Yas Marina Circuit to have as many cars on the grid as possible, there will be a cap.
"Entries will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis as we receive the entry forms, so anyone interested in the F1 support event are encouraged to get in touch sooner rather than later," said Thompson.
A five-round championship calendar will be announced in the coming days, but it is expected to 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.
“There's no doubt that any young openwheeler driver who is serious about making a career in Europe wants to aspire to be in F1, and this is the perfect opportunity to race in front of the best teams in the world and impress them on the track.
“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. It’s going to be a thrilling season of racing ahead," 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 (and attached to this email).
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).
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/
DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM HERE.