Malaysia may not be hosting another F1 race in the near future (the last one will be held this weekend – 29 Sept – 1 Oct), but the Sepang International Circuit is still host to a number of races, including single-seater races like F4 which will be a supporting race to the Sepang Grand Prix.
F4 or Formula 4 is the brainchild of current FIA President, Jean Todt, and his team at the single-seater commission. F4 is a way for rookies to earn Super License points and continue their racing career into F1 (via F4, F3 and then F2). A driver needs 45 Super License points to qualify as an F1 driver candidate. Lance Stroll, the first F4 champion, collected more than the required license points from F4 and F3 to become the youngest-ever F1 driver; he drives for Williams F1.
F4SEA is the Southeast Asia leg and is one of 12 global F4 championships designed to help drivers cost-effectively transition from karting to formula racing. Offering a 30-race championship for Euro100,000, approximately half the cost of the equivalent championship in Europe, F4SEA is licensed to race in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Taiwan. All emerging motorsport markets can benefit from F4SEA’s cost-effective ‘one concept’ championship:
- One make: all cars are identical FIA-homologated chassis and engine built to FIA F1 crash test spec
- One team: Meritus.GP is the exclusive race engineering service provider
- One cost: all-inclusive fee of Euro100,000 (plus registration, any damage and wet tyres)
- One data: all drivers’ data and team’s historic data is accessible to all
- One dream: win 12 FIA Super Licence points
The FIA F4 SEA Championship consists of 5 events with a total of 30 races. The championship kicks off with 6 races supporting the Malaysia Formula 1, before moving on to the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and then back to SIC Malaysia for the final round on 10 February, 2018.
This weekend’s schedule is as follows:
The event will start early on Friday, 29 September at the Sepang International Circuit, with a practice session followed by qualifying in the afternoon, and Race 1 at 5 pm. Race 2 will be held on Saturday morning with the fastest laps winners from Race 1 taking their places on the starting grid. Race 3 will see the top half of the grid line up in reverse order and Race 4 will commence right after Race 3.
Do head over to the Sepang circuit early this weekend to catch the F4 race. You may be witnessing a future F1 champion at work.
More information can be found here: https://formula4.