Motorsport is highly regarded as one of the most exhilarating sporting genres on the planet, spurring sporting events such as Formula One, Le Mans, GT3 and many others. However to gain entry to this fantastic realm, ‘rookies’ must first cut their teeth in Formula 4.
Formula 4 or F4 is ground zero in garnering experience and track time. The formula teaches the grass roots knowledge that enables drivers to compete at the highest levels of the sport. Take Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fueled by Petron – as a prime example.
The FIA-certified Championship, based in Malaysia, enables talented drivers to transition seamlessly to open-wheel Formula racing. F4 SEA offers a host of features unique to the brand, which are aimed at further developing local talents. These features are bundled together under the One-Concept philosophy, envisioned by MERITUS.GP: One Data, One Make, One Team and One Cost are the core features that differentiate F4 SEA from other Formula 4 Championships.
F1-hopefuls are given the arsenal needed to kick-start their fruitful careers in motorsports. Formula 4 is their passport and ticket to heights of success in motorsports.
“Formula 4 is a great Championship, and as a result now I’m ready for Formula 3 Asia” said Isyraf Danish of Malaysia
The FIA (worldwide governing body of motorsports), alongside former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger – created the FIA pyramid in March 2013 as a response to the influx of interest shown in junior racing series such as Formula BMW and AsiaCup Series.
Now, under the unity of the Formula 4 ‘brand’ – athletes are able to chart their ascension up to the highest echelons of racing such as Formula One, LMP1, GT3 and so on.
“It is really great that Formula 4 is here as I believe it will help boost the local racing scene and provide a strong base for the growth of motorsports. I am proud of winning the first FIA F4 SEA Championship. This experience has prepared me well and was a good refresher for my next step to Formula 3 Asia in a few months’ time” exclaimed 2016 Formula 4 South East Asia Driver Champion, Presley Martono of Indonesia.
Moreover, regional Championships such as F4 SEA, don’t require an International C License. With minimal karting experience, a requisite age of 15 along with a National C License, an exciting professional career in motorsports is just around the corner.
Formula 4 is now the gold standard in assessing and preparing talented hopefuls skyward to fruitful and exciting careers in motorsports. With the support of the FIA and local affiliates, Formula 4 is on the right track in developing future track stars.
Formula 4 SEA does its part in nurturing local talents in more ways than just racing. For example, the regional FIA Championship will be holding a black tie affair dubbed the MERITUS Awards Gala or MAG’s for short, to celebrate and reward the outstanding and memorable moments of the just-finished season of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship. Be sure to follow our various social media platforms to keep up to date with the latest.