The Epic Conclusion to the 2017-18 Championship
(Kuala Lumpur, 9 April 2018): The grand final of the second season of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship (F4 SEA) – certified by the FIA – is scheduled for 13-15 April at the Sepang International Circuit, alongside Blancpain GT.
To globally align the development of motorsport talent, the FIA created Formula 4 as the first step to hone drivers’ race-craft. Formula 4 teaches the grass roots knowledge that drivers need to compete at the highest levels of motorsport in F1, LMP1 and GT1. With the introduction of Formula 3 in the region, Asian drivers now have an exciting new avenue, and another tier to a self-sustaining Asian Autosport Ecosystem.
“F4 should be the entry format after karting when they go into motor racing,” according to Gerhardt Berger, ex F1 driver and the man behind the success of Formula BMW. As the FIA Formula Car Commission Chairman, Berger was responsible for the F4 format, which is now the FIA’s global junior driver development series.
F4 SEA is a 5-event Championship with 30 races visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, with a 6-race weekend format. Just as in European and worldwide FIA F4 Championships, the Formula 4 SEA Champion wins 12 FIA Super Licence points.
F4 SEA has so far helped 47 young drivers graduate through the FIA F4 series in Asia and the 2017-18 Grand Finals are no different.
The provisional entry list features 20 Drivers including nationals from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Belgium, Argentina, Japan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Morocco, Philippines, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa and Chile.
The predecessor of F4, Formula BMW, enjoyed great success from 2003-2010, with many graduates going on to race in F1, including 2016 FIA F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.
MERITUS.GP’s first adventure in Asia was with Narain Karthikayen in Formula Asia 2000. The team have since then dedicated themselves to “Creating International Motorsport Heroes” in Asia over the last 2 decades, winning 38 FIA-Titles and working with athletes like HoPin-Tung, Jazeman Jaafar and Rio Haryanto in Formula BMW.
MERITUS.GP continue their work today as the exclusive race-engineering services provider to F4 SEA, facilitating driver development in the region. The team’s dedication has helped make F4 SEA the premier driver development program in the region, which is open to a wide range of nationalities.
The inaugural F4 SEA Driver Champion and Rookie Champion, Indonesian star Presley Martono, has graduated to Formula Renault and MRS where he won races and finished vice champion.
The youngest F4 winner in the world, Belgian star driver Ugo de Wilde recommends F4 SEA to every aspiring race driver. ”The atmosphere in Formula 4 SEA camp is excellent. I was impressed by the way I was welcomed into the Championship. I hope to be able to go back to Asia as quickly as possible, maybe for the next Season, which begins in July. Formula 4 SEA is an excellent deal for young European drivers.”
Having won the first ever FIA F4 French Championship race last weekend, Ugo de Wilde advised that the competition at Nogaro circuit in France was the same level as he experienced during the last 12 races in F4 SEA.