About Formula 4

Discovering Tomorrow’s Talents

The world of single-seater racing has undergone a radical shift with the introduction of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship in 2015.

Formula 4 has been developed and certified by the FIA as the pre-eminent open-wheel development category across the globe; the critical step between elite junior karting, Formula 3 and ultimately Formula 1.

The over-arching aim of this category is to unearth the next generation of Australian drivers who will make it to the world stage.

What is Formula 4?

It is a developmental single seater open-wheel racing category for young drivers who are serious about a pathway to the top of motor sport.

It is based on the new FIA international regulations for Formula 4 with a focus on keeping costs down and guaranteeing the highest possible safety standards.

It’s built on four cornerstones: technical regulations, organisational standards, sporting regulations, and marketing and communications.

The Formula 4 Prize

The top 3 placed drivers and the highest placed Rookie Driver at each event will each receive a trophy and prize money.

In order to be eligible for the prize money offered at each round, the driver must be 21 years or under as of the 1st of January 2016.

The round prize money is as follows:
1st $10,000
2nd $5,000
3rd $2,500

Rookies Award

Rookies will be in contention for the Burson Rookie Award at the end of the season, with individual round winners to receive a Burson Rookie of The Round Medal.

Individual winners will receive a special medal crafted for the round, and the overall winner at the conclusion of the championship will receive $20,000 towards competing in the next CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championship calendar of events (Prize is non-transferrable).

The Burson Rookies Medal is open to drivers under the age of 18, as of Round 1 of the championship, who have competed in no more than three national series or championship circuit racing events in their racing career so far.

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Formula 4: FIA’s global pathway

The first step on the ladder from Karting to Formula One, Formula 4 has become an integral part of the single seater pyramid as defined by the FIA.

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FIA Formula 4 Championships across the World

Race Format

In order to maximise track time during race weekends and to highlight the performances of the best drivers, use of a sporting formula inspired by the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is being used for Formula 4.

Race weekend will take this format:

DAY 1 Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2
DAY 2 Qualifying, Race 1
DAY 3 Race 2, Race 3

How will starting grids be determined?

Race 1 Fastest qualifying times set in Q1
Race 2 Reverse grid with first ten drivers from Race 1
Race 3 Second fastest qualifying times set in Q1

What about championship point scoring… what’s the formula?

It will be based on the FIA international championships scale:
25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point for the ten first drivers of each race.

The Formula 4 Championship round winners receive financial support:
$17,500 per round (1st – $10,000, 2nd – $5,000, 3rd – $2,500)

The Car

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Technical specifications

CHASSIS: FIA homologated Mygale Carbon Monocoque
ENGINE: Ford EcoBoost 1.6L
160 bhp
Life of engine – 10,000 km
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift + reverse gear
BRAKES: Twin pot callipers
FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION: Double wishbones and pushrods, twin dampers, adjustable anti-roll bar
PARTS: All parts must be homologated and supplied by the official supplier at each round of the championship
Parts will be available for purchase from the supplier at each championship venue and must be used exactly as supplied
DIMENSIONS: 3350 x 1750 x 950mm
SAFETY: FIA standards (front and rear impact absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side panels, roll bars, removable seat, wheel restraint cables, on-board fire extinguisher, retractable steering column)
OPTIONS: Data acquisition

Television Coverage

The championship will receive significant television coverage as part of the 2017 Supercars coverage on Fox Sports, and Shannons Nationals’ coverage on SBS Speedweek.

Rounds 1 &2 Sandown (Sunday live on Shannons Nationals Online Streaming, and SBS Speedweek)
Round 3 Perth SuperSprint (Live on Fox Sports)
Round 4 Phillip Island (Saturday & Sunday live on Shannons Nationals Online Streaming, and SBS Speedweek)
Round 5 Ipswich SuperSprint (Live on Fox Sports)
Round 6 Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint (Live on Fox Sports)
Round 7 Gold Coast 600 (Live on Fox Sports, simulcast on Ten)

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