ADAC Formula 4 astounded many people by achieving a full grid last year, but the organisers have proven it was not a one off event as 45 drivers with 17 teams have already entered, once again reaching full capacity, three weeks before the start of the season.
Four new teams have entered for the coming season with US Racing replacing the HTP Junior Team which helped Marvin Dienst win the inaugural championship. The team, which is run by Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Ungar, has already announced its four car team, choosing to field an entirely experienced line up.
Kim-Luis Schramm will likely lead the team as he’s joined by fellow ADAC F4 rivals Jannes Fittje and Carrie Schreiner, who returns after driving for HTP last season. The final driver in their line up will be French F4 racer Louis Gachot, who’s currently the only British national to be announced.
Fittje recently commented on his chances going into the new season; “Firstly, it’s important to get the best start possible to the season in order to gain confidence for the task ahead. My goal for the end of this year is to finish in the Top Three overall and obviously to pick up plenty of wins and podiums along the way.”
The other new teams have been announced as KUG Motorsport, Rennsport Rössler and SMC Schwärzler Motorsport Concepts. None have yet to announced their drivers for the new season, but will likely face many challenges as they do not have the years experience of the other teams.
“We were able to establish the ADAC Formula 4 as one of the strongest junior series right at the start in its debut year. It’s already becoming apparent this season that the series now has a long-term future after its successful launch,” said ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk.
“A look at Formula 1 shows just how important junior series like the ADAC Formula 4 are. All four German drivers currently contesting Formula 1 this year have won titles in junior ADAC single-seater racing series on their way to competing in the premier class.”
The second ADAC Formula 4 season gets under way on the weekend of April 15-17, at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.