Formula 4 South East Asia Background and Promoters

Formula 4 South East Asia Background and Promoters

24.03.2016: Formula 4 South East Asia Background In recognition of the bewildering number of choices facing young drivers

Formula 4 South East Asia Background

In recognition of the bewildering number of choices facing young drivers as well as the need to control costs for those interested in pursuing a motorsport career, the FIA created their Formula 4 global concept which commenced in 2014. 

Formula 4 offers young racers around the world the opportunity to take the first step from karting to single-seater racing.

A globally-recognised yet affordable championship, Formula 4 uses identical cars and allows drivers to compare themselves to the best young talent, not only in their own country, but across other championships around the world. 

FIA Formula 4 is the first ‘step’ on the motorsport ladder for serious drivers, followed by F3, F2 and F1.  Even at this ground roots level, drivers can earn and accumulate FIA super licence points en route to F1.

Designed to a very high safety FIA specification, the Formula 4 car is equipped with the latest technology and is safe and fun to drive.

Formula 4 SEA Promoters Background

Over the past two decades Meritus.GP has won 36 Asian FIA championships and helped many drivers on their way to the top of the sport.  Our 1996 champion Narain Karthikeyan was the first Asian to win an FIA championship and went on to drive for the Jordan F1 team.

In 1999 our Macau Formula Renault winner Takuma Sato also went on to race with Jordan and Honda in Formula 1, while our first of seven Formula BMW champions Ho Pin Tung tested the BMW F1 car in 2003.   Meritus.GP’s 2007 Formula BMW champion Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar finished second in the 2012 British F3 Championship and went on to test the Petronas Mercedes F1 car alongside Michael Schumacher.

Rio Haryanto won Formula BMW Asia Pacific with us in 2009, followed by winning in GP3 and GP2 in Europe.  Rio is now in his inaugural season as a full time F1 driver with the Manor F1 team and is the worldwide ambassador for F4SEA.

Winner 24-Hours le Mans 2015, Earl Bamber, was our Formula BMW 2006 champion (Daniel Ricciardo was 2nd) and took the vice championship in 2008 FV6 Asia, powered by Renault, while his team mate James Grunwell was the champion. Earl won a podium with Meritus GP2 Asia (powered by Renault) in 2009.

In 2010 Luca Filippi won the GP2 support race at the Bahrain F1GP helping the Meritus GP2 team to win the 2010 GP2 Asia vice championship.  Our GP2 Asia drivers included Hiroki Yoshimoto, Alexander Rossi, Marco Bonanomi and Alvaro Parente.

- Agnes Carlier, photos Meritus


24.03.2016 / MaP

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