The introduction of the second-generation FIA F4 automobile, that includes the halo cockpit safety system, for 2022 was the catalyst for British motorsport governing physique Motorsport UK to judge the long run course of the championship.
In addition to switching to the favored Tatuus-Abarth chassis/engine mixture, it determined to take organisation of the series in-house and away from earlier promoter RacingLine.
Virtuosi – which has run underneath numerous names and guises in latest many years, together with because the Russian Time operation in GP2 – has determined that, with all of the modifications to the collection, now’s the best time to increase into the class, operating two automobiles.
The crew fields Guanyu Zhou in F2 this season, who at present sits second within the standings, and Virtuosi is third within the groups’ factors, having been runner-up for the previous two years.
“The crew’s resolution to increase into one other championship is years within the making, with British F4 pinpointed as the best place to begin for us to tackle and develop the very best younger drivers round, by bringing them into the Virtuosi household and serving to them to climb the FIA motorsport ladder,” learn a crew assertion.
“British F4’s upcoming overhaul supplies the best time to hitch, with a variety of key modifications set to stage the enjoying discipline, alongside a fleet of high-calibre groups becoming a member of that we imagine will make it the premier championship of its stage in Europe.”
Earlier this month, Hitech GP announced that it might be becoming a member of British F4, whereas GB3 and F3 Cup squad Chris Dittmann Racing will even department out and discipline drivers within the collection.
“We’ve been taking a look at British F4 for some time as one thing that we’d increase into,” stated crew boss Chris Dittmann.
“We’re doing very properly in GB3 however you’ve gotten drivers coming via who’re really with their groups from earlier than [in British F4].
“We knew a brand new automobile was coming for subsequent yr and we’ve been speaking with Motorsport UK concerning the resolution and that we have been taking a look at going with it. It simply appeared like the best time.”
In the meantime, Motorsport UK has additionally not too long ago launched a young course of for an administering membership to assist it “co-promote” the class – a serious departure from its preliminary method of taking up all parts of F4’s organisation.
Key areas the place Motorsport UK is in search of enter from the ‘native organiser’ embrace offering officers for the championship – comparable to a everlasting clerk of the course – and the governing physique additionally needs these tendering for the position to stipulate what organisational infrastructure they’ll supply in addition to security and safeguarding insurance policies and particulars of any advertising and promotion they may give.
The British Racing and Sports activities Automobile Membership has acted because the administering membership since British F4 was first launched in 2015 – its partnership with RacingLine extending again to the British Formulation Ford days – and the membership has welcomed the launch of the tender.
“It’s an attention-grabbing and constructive growth for British Formulation 4,” stated BRSCC chairman Peter Daly. “We’re now assessing our response to the invitation to tender.”