One of the newest FIA backed Formula 4 Series begun its pre-season preparation this week with 21 South East Asia Formula 4 Championship cars delivered to the teams for a collective test on June 29-30.
In terms of the championship’s calendar another two rounds at the Sepang International Circuit have been added with the round at Penbay International Circuit sacrificed in its place. The overall change has seen the season extended to thirty races, ending on 11 December.
The series itself will use a Renault F4R 2.0L engine, putting it in line with Japan and the United States F4 Championships. They’ll also bring in the popular Mygale chassis, as seen in the UK and Australia, while being promoted by Meritus.GP and the Asian Autosport Action Group (Triple A.)
The new calendar ensures the championship becomes the most cost-effective F4 series with each driver paying €100,000 for the 30 race series. Though with all but one round at Sepang, many fear it doesn’t give the young drivers a variety of driving terrain.
Firhat Mokhzani, Managing Director of Triple A said: “One of the twelve FIA global F4 programmes, the F4SEA championship will kick off its inaugural season with the first event in Sepang this August with a 30-race programme costing €100,000. This fee includes the provision of race cars, race engineering, technical support, driver coaching, tyres and all consumables.”
While there has been little word on the drivers entering the series, the championship is expecting a high turnout. It’s likely a number of drivers from the AsiaCup Series (which F4 replaces) will make the jump, while the Renault partnership should attract the karting rookies.
Peter Thompson, Chairman of Triple A also commented: “As the primary springboard for drivers to progress from go-karts to single-seater formula racing, the F4SEA championship is the only FIA-certified transition platform for Asian talent.
“Three years of planning have gone into this project and over the last six months intensive marketing has promoted the championship globally. F4SEA is not only about developing drivers, it is also about progressing Malaysian engineering talent.
“Our Malaysian technicians have been training in France and it’s fantastic to see them back here in Sepang, with the new cars which they have proudly assembled from the ground up.”
This weekend will also see the opening round of the F4 U.S. Championship take place at Mid-Ohio.