The wait is over. From May 14th to 16th, on the Paul-Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, the young talents of the Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth will be back on the track. As many as 37 cars will open the 8th season of the ACI Sport preparatory series, the “oldest” of the series wished for by the International Automobile Federation in 2014. Once again, the 160-hp, 1400-cc Abarth 414TF T-Jet engine will accompany the young drivers, many experiencing a single-seater for the first time. A technical package – consisting of Tatuus chassis, Abarth engine and Pirelli tires – has been very successful over the years, guaranteeing safety, performance and reliability. For all these reasons, the Italian series remains a benchmark in the international motorsport landscape. Once again in 2021, it will boast a record starting grid in the name of internationalism. Eighteen countries will be represented at the first event of the season, with drivers from four different continents. Twelve teams will be competing for the title in the seven scheduled events, at the circuits in Le Castellet, Misano Adriatico, Vallelunga, Imola, the Red Bull Ring, Mugello and Monza, due to end the season between October 29th and 31st, 2021.
In the pre-season trials on the various circuits to be used throughout the season, the standouts have been Leonardo Fornaroli (Iron Lynx), Sebastian Montoya and Kirill Smal (Prema Powerteam), Joshua Dürksen (BWT Muecke Motorsport) and Oliver Bearman (Van Amersfoort Racing), all drivers with at least one year of experience in F.4. But there will be no lack of surprises with many rookies ready to battle it out on the track, in an attempt to replicate the success of Gabriele Minì who, in 2020, managed to win the title on his debut in a single-seater. Numerous “natural heirs” will be on the starting grid: as well as Montoya, among the ranks of AKM Motorsport will be Lorenzo Patrese, Riccardo’s son, while Jonas Ried, son of the GT champion Christian, will make his debut for BWT Muecke Motorsport.
Also confirmed in 2021 is the formula that provides for two free practice rounds of 40’ each, two qualifying rounds of 15’ that will decide the starting grid for the three 30’ races plus one lap. The weekend at the Paul-Ricard will kick off on Friday, May 14th at 9:57 am with the first practice session, followed by round 2 at 2:08 pm. Saturday, May 15th at 9:00 am will be the green light for the first qualifier of the season, with the first race scheduled for 2:00 pm. Sunday, May 16th will see two races on the French track, at 10:50 am and 4:10 pm. All the races will be broadcast live on YouTube, on the channel dedicated to the Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth.