Formula 4 SEA to Carry Malaysian F1 Grand Prix Legacy

Formula 4 SEA to Carry Malaysian F1 Grand Prix Legacy

31.08.2017: Malaysian Prime Minister Y.A.B. Dato Sri Mohd Najib voices support for FIA Formula 4 SEA "I would like to thank the new Formula 1 CEO, Mr Chase Carey

Malaysian Prime Minister Y.A.B. Dato Sri Mohd Najib voices support for FIA Formula 4 SEA



"I would like to thank the new Formula 1 CEO, Mr Chase Carey, for scheduling six races for our Formula 4 Championship at the 2017 Petronas Formula1 Malaysian Grand Pri
x.



The Formula1 World Championship is a great podium to promote Malaysian engineering skills and our talented sportsmen such as Nazim Azman and Isyraf Danish. I look forward to celebrating the success of our FIA Formula 4 SEA Championship at Sepang on the 1st October.”




In 1999, Sepang International Circuit, South East Asia’s most impressive purpose-built F1 facility, hosted the first Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.



 For almost two decades, the race has been at the pinnacle of motorsport in the country, and ignited a myriad of motorsport-related industries, rejuvenating sectors of the economy and attracting major international investment.



For the region’s motorsport community, the Formula 4 South East Asia (SEA) Championship – certified by the FIA, is the Grand Prix’s most exciting legacy, providing a professional, prestigious and comprehensive launch pad for young talent.



The series is organised and run by promoters Asian Autosport Action which has, since 1996 under the banner of Meritus GP, helped nurture seven talented drivers on their way to success, including former F1 drivers Rio Haryanto of Indonesia, India’s Narain Karthikeyan and Takuma Sato, who this year became the first-ever Japanese driver to win the Indy 500.



Many others, including Malaysians Jazeman Jaafar, Daniel Woodroof and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid, got their start with entry-level championships such as the AsiaCup, which is now upgraded to the Formula 4 SEA Championship.



While F4 SEA offers young motorsport athletes a unique opportunity, the championship’s organisers have far wider goals. Malaysia’s investment in F1 generated massive interest from the younger generation eager to explore opportunities in motor racing and are now pursuing motorsport-related careers such as automotive and mechanical engineering, race car dynamics and analytics, sports journalism, event management and education.



 For the past 20 years, the team behind Formula 4 SEA has been training and developing Malaysians and building an Asian autosport ecosystem to create and employ a highly-skilled workforce and promote entrepreneurism.



In the wake of Formula 1, this sporting ecosystem continues to grow, commencing with the Formula 4 SEA Championship – the first FIA step to F1 in Asia - which educates local and regional race drivers as well as a support crew of technicians, engineers, administrative staff, PR and television producers, photographers and a host of professionals who have chosen to specialize in this high-tech global industry.


The final Malaysian F1 Grand Prix will be held at the end of September, where the F4 SEA Championship drivers will share track time with their F1 heroes. Carrying the legacy of the Malaysian Grand Prix into the future, the F4 SEA Championship is already on pole position to produce the region’s next F1 star. For South East Asia’s young talent, the race is just beginning.




Background Information



WHAT IS F4?


Formula 4 is the brainchild of Jean Todt, President of the FIA, and his team at the circuit racing commission led by Gerhard Berger and Frederic Bertrand.  Recognising the confusing myriad of championships for rookie race families to choose from, the FIA instigated their certified path to professional careers in the sport, via F4, F3, F2 to F1. 



Four years ago Lance Stroll was the first F4 champion, and was the first to avail himself of the unique benefits of following the FIA pathway, collecting 12 Super Licence points.  Further success in F3 earned him more Super Licence points, resulting in him having more than the required 45 points to join the Williams F1 team as the youngest-ever F1 driver.





FORMULA 4 SEA


F4 SEA is one of 12 global F4 championships designed to help drivers cost-effectively transition from karting to formula sport.  Offering a 30-race championship for Euro100,000, approximately half the cost of the equivalent championship in Europe, F4SEA is licenced to race in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Taiwan.   All emerging motorsport markets can benefit from the F4SEA cost-effective ‘one concept’ championship:



•    One make:   all cars are identical FIA-homologated chassis and engine built to FIA F1 crash test spec

•    One team:    Meritus.GP is the exclusive race engineering service provider

•    One cost:     all-inclusive fee of Euro100,000 (plus registration, any damage and wet tyres)

•    One data:     all drivers’ data and team’s historic data is accessible to all 

•    One dream:  win 12 FIA Super Licence points





F4 EXCLUSIVE RACE TEAM MERITUS.GP


Owned by the AAA Group, Meritus.GP has a European winning heritage combined with 20 years of motorsport experience in Asia.  Since 1996 the team has enjoyed the following successes:




•    Won 36 FIA international championship titles

•    Helped 7 drivers test or race in F1

•    Two of the team’s prodigies have won the Le Mans 24-Hours

•    Two drivers have gone on to win the Indy 500 in 2010 and 2011

•    Seven of the Team’s drivers have won Asian GT Championships




ASIAN AUTOSPORT ACTION (AAA) GROUP SDN BHD




Through a licencing agreement with the FIA and its Malaysian affiliate the AAM, Asian Autosport Action (AAA) Group is the appointed promoter of the FIA F4 SEA Championship.



2017-18 Calendar


Event    Date    Races    Venue    Location    Supporting



1    29 Sept – 1 Oct    01- 06    Sepang International Circuit    Malaysia    Formula1

2    20 – 22 Oct    07-12    Clark Speedway    Philippines    GT

3    23 – 26 Nov    13-18    Sentul International Circuit    Indonesia    GT

4    12 – 14 Jan    19- 24    Buriram International Circuit    Thailand    Asian LeMans

5    8 – 10 Feb    25- 30    Sepang International Circuit    Malaysia    Asian LeMans




- Nikki Kemp - photos F4

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