South East Asia is a rapidly-evolving region with massive economic and socio-economic development. Motorsport interest in the area is increasing and as such, there is a market for junior driver development.
Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA – fueled by Petron – is deeply vested in developing junior motorsport in this part of the world.
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile – better known as the FIA – is the international sanctioning and administrative body for all things motorsport. The organisation is responsible for a great many aspects of racing, chief amongst which is driver development. To globally align the development of motorsport talent, the FIA created Formula 4 as the first step to hone drivers’ race-craft.
“F4 is a great first step because it teaches you all the fundamentals that you will apply later. It’s the perfect car to make you understand the concept.” commented inaugural FIA F4 SEA Driver and Rookie Champion Presley Martono.
As mentioned by Martono, F4 is a great way to learn the complexities of racing at grass roots level. In karting, drivers learn the basics of their race craft, but open-wheel cars teach drivers about aerodynamics, tyre grip, weight balance, circuit-driving experience as well as introducing them to data analysis.
F4 SEA is the premier driver development programme in the region and is responsible for championing Asian motorsport heroes such as Presley Martono. F4 SEA is driven to ‘Create International Motorsport Heroes’ and exclusive race services provider MERITUS.GP have already helped eight drivers reach Formula 1, including Narain Karthikeyan, Takuma Sato and Rio Haryanto.
“FIA F4 SEA is great because of the track time and exposure. All in all, the FIA are doing a good job in introducing this foundation, because before people didn’t know where to start,” explained Martono.
F4 SEA is the gold standard for race-craft development and F4 winners around the world score 12 points towards a Super Licence, with all successful F4 competitors receiving an automatic promotion to an International C License. Formula 4 begins the education that drivers need to compete at the highest levels of motorsport such as F1, LMP1 and GT1.F4 SEA is almost at the end of its 2017-18 Championship and has had an incredible season thus far. In a little under 2 weeks at Sepang International Circuit, the Championship will hold the 2017-18 Finals with a grid full of talented athletes, so be sure to follow us on social media to find out more.