The world motorsport federation, the FIA, created the FIA F4 global format in order to provide the first step on the ladder to a professional career in motorsport. The Chairman of the FIA Single-Seater Commission, former F1 driver Gerhard Berger specified a composite chassis with paddle-shift, 6-speed gearbox coupled with the latest F1 safety technology. This design specification ensures that young drivers such as the first 4 champion to reach F1 Lance Stroll are familiar with the latest technologies and prepared for the step into F1.
Realising that there was a confusing multitude of championships for young drivers, FIA has simplified decision-making by introducing an establish platform via F4, F3, F2 to F1. There are many benefits to following an FIA-approved career path – the most important being that F4 drivers can collect FIA F1 Super Licence points.