2014 French F4 Season Review


It was a good fourth season of French F4 racing, which ended with a deserving Lasse Sorensen becoming the series Champion after winning eight times during the season.

Competing on six French circuits plus a trip to the Circuito de Jerez in Spain, the series saw nine different winners throughout 2014, but it was ultimately Sorensen who dominated. The Dane, the younger brother for Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2 Series ace Marco Sorensen, finished on the podium seventeen times out of a possible twenty-one!

Lasse Sorensen was the driver to beat in 2014 (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)
Lasse Sorensen was the driver to beat in 2014 (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)

Sorensen twice took a hat trick of wins in a weekend during the season, winning all three races at Val de Vienne and Nogaro, and also took wins at Jerez and Paul Ricard. He only once failed to score points, with a late race retirement in race two at Le Mans, and only finished off the podium on three other occasions; he finished eighth in race two at Pau and Magny Cours, and seventh in race two at Jerez.

Australian Joseph Mawson started the year by winning twice at Le Mans, but would not see the chequered flag first again until race one at Jerez, and skipped the finale at Paul Ricard completely. Bryan Elpitiya was also a winner at Le Mans, but it was just a one-off for the Frenchman, and he would have a best finish of sixth the rest of the year.

Dorian Boccolacci finished second in the French F4 standings (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)
Dorian Boccolacci finished second in the French F4 standings (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)

At the legendary Pau circuit, Dorian Boccolacci took two victories in races one and three, with Russian Denis Bulatov taking the first of his two wins in 2014 during race two. He would win again at Magny Cours, but for Boccolacci it would be the only times he would stand on the top step of the podium, but he did take six other podium finishes on his way to finishing second in the championship behind Sorensen.

After Sorensen’s domination at Val de Vienne, Anglo-Swiss driver Felix Hirsiger was the next to take his first victories of the year at Magny Cours, winning either side of Bulatov’s race two win. Again Sorensen dominated at Nogaro, before Mawson and Gjergj Haxhiu won races one and two at Jerez, with Sorensen winning race three.

Felix Hirsiger was a double race winner (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)
Felix Hirsiger was a double race winner (Credit: FFSA Auto Sport Academy)

Paul Ricard saw Sorensen take winner number eight of the season, before two more first time winners in the form of Patricio O’Ward and Valentin Moineault concluded the season.

As well as the nine different race winners, Paul Hokfelt Jr, Amaury Richard, Valentin Hasse-Clot, Max Defourny (as a guest driver), David Droux, Niclas Nylund and Simo Laaksonen all finished on the podium at some point.

But no one had an answer for Lasse Sorensen, who finished 149 points clear of Boccolacci in the championship, with Hirsiger finishing third.