In what will probably be the final part of the UK single-seater naming puzzle, the Motor Sports Association has announced that the MSA Formula will now be called the F4 British Championship, putting it in line with other FIA sanctioned national series.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “The rebranding to F4 British Championship achieves two key goals. First, it identifies the championship alongside other FIA F4 series around the world, and secondly it confirms that there is a clear first rung on the single-seater ladder in the UK.”
Stefano Domenicali, President of the FIA Single Seater Commission, said: “It is obviously one of the major centres in the motor sport world with a proud and rich history in all facets of it. The nature of FIA Formula 4 is a national championship, meaning that driver entries are predominantly only allowed from the country in which it is run – as a result it is a way of specifically developing young British talent.”
The naming confusion came after the FIA decided to announce their F4 concept in 2013, introducing it into the UK in 2015. By which time Jonathan Palmer‘s BRDC F4 series already had secured rights to the name.
Following an agreement with the FIA, in which Palmer’s series was renamed the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, the originally named; MSA Formula series, has been left open to inherit the rights and clear up the ladder for the United Kingdom.
The British F4 series, which it will be informally called, maintains its FIA super licence points, with 12 being awarded to the winner of the championship. Max Fewtrell currently leads the standings with the Thruxton round this weekend.