The Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) Championship – fueled by Petron – has enjoyed an exhilarating season of wheel-to-wheel action which saw the fastest teens in the region compete for gold, silver and bronze as well as the coveted Formula1 Super Licence points.
Fresh from the excitement of 2017, the Championship organisers have been working to confirm the calendar for the new season of F4 SEA – the premium junior driver development series in Asia.
The FIA-certified one-make Championship will see some modifications in the number of events and races plus a revised Event Champion points scoring system. All of these revisions are aimed at increasing cost-effectiveness, in an effort to open up the sport to a wider range of drivers.
Due to the number of races in previous rounds, it was customary to award the Event Champion title to the best driver from the weekend. To separate it from the overall title, the Event Champion trophy was awarded on a reverse points basis. However, from 2018 the Event Championship will be scored using the standard points system employed by Formula One, with the addition of 3 points for pole and 1 point for the fastest lap. Thus, the points scoring system will now be standardised in line with the other F4 championships all over the world.
The next slated change comes in the form of a revamped race schedule. In previous seasons, six races were scheduled per event. In 2018, each event will host 3 races, again in line with European F4 championships. Additionally, the FIA-certified F4 SEA 2018 Championship will comprise a total of 8 events in Malaysia, Thailand and India. Double-headers at each venue translate to increased cost-effectiveness for drivers.
“We want to align ourselves more with European Championships who operate a three-race weekend program. F4 SEA is a great championship with a very cost-effective package to offer. We have an amazing staff of engineers and mechanics who ensure our cars are presented uniformly and in peak condition. The Championship events are filmed and screened to a global audience of 100 million homes. Races are live streamed via our social media platforms. We are looking forward to a great season of racing ahead, with F4 SEA visiting India for the first time” explained Peter Thompson, F4 SEA Promoter.
However, before the brand-new season dawns, the Championship will host its annual black-tie affair dubbed the MERITUS Awards Gala, or MAGs for short, on the night of 8th June. The MAGs help promote and profile the Asian autosport ecosystem, and reward and motivate the incredible racing talents and personalities who’ve made the season an amazing success.
More details on the MERITUS Awards Gala and the new season will be announced soon. In the meantime, please follow Formula 4 SEA on its various social media pages to get up to speed with our latest news, or visit our website at https://formula4.asia/