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The FIA Formula 4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth has today unveiled a revamped 2022 calendar in line with the United Arab Emirates’ recently announced new weekend format.

Since the championship began in 2016, events have traditionally been held on the UAE’s former weekend format of Friday and Saturday, with Thursday being F4UAE’s pre-event testing day.

However, earlier in December 2021 the UAE government declared a new four-and-a-half day work week for 2022, moving the weekend to Saturday and Sunday, while making Friday (the Muslim holy day) a half-day of work ending at noon in time for the communal prayer. The UAE motorsport calendar has followed suit.

Last month, F4UAE held the global racing debut of the “second generation” T-421 Tatuus race car with the halo as a support to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021. Austrian Charlie Wurz made history by winning the first race ever run in the new car at the non-championship round (December 9-12, 2021). Pre-season testing was also held at Dubai Autodrome the following week.

Additionally, in order to allow for all entered teams to have their new Tatuus race cars and equipment arrive in the UAE on time, category management has also confirmed the season will be pushed back one week to allow for continuing shipping delays from Europe.

Now starting at Yas Marina Circuit from January 20-23 as a support to the Hankook 6H Abu Dhabi, the F4UAE season will race on five consecutive weekends at both Yas Marina Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome, still concluding at the Abu Dhabi-based circuit on February 17-20, 2022.

The 2022 F4UAE Championship is as follows:
Round 1: January 20-23, 2022 – Yas Marina Circuit
Round 2: January 28-30, 2022 – Dubai Autodrome
Round 3: February 4-6, 2022 – Dubai Autodrome
Round 4: February 11-13, 2022 – Dubai Autodrome
Round 5: February 17-20, 2022 – Yas Marina Circuit

“Despite some of the changes we’ve had to make on the fly over the last few months, we’re incredibly excited to have a strong field of competitors in 2022 and a full grid of entries ready to be announced in the coming weeks,” said promoter Craig Thompson.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last six years to make F4UAE the most supportive and competitive platform for young drivers who want to succeed against the best racers in Europe.

“With drivers debuting the new Gen2 Tatuus race car for points in a few weeks’ time, it will be the most competitive field we’ve ever had in F4UAE. It’s going to be an extremely exciting season that we can’t wait to get underway,” concluded Thompson.

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 nearly 90 drivers from over 40 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).

Utilising the new second-generation Tatuus chassis from Italy with Abarth Turbo engine, Hankook tyres and Sunoco fuel, 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.

Entries for the 2022 F4UAE Championship are now closed and a full entry list will be published in due course.