The Australian Formula 4 championship will debut its series as a support category to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March next year.
With Formula 4’s full 2019 season calendar yet to be announced, their weekend at Albert Park will be their season-opening round of next year’s championship.
The junior single-seater series will enter their fifth year in 2019 with an already impressive CV in its short history. The series has already played host to several successful young drivers including Luis Leeds (former Red Bull Junior Driver), Will Brown (current Super2 racer) and Caitlin Wood (current Blancpain GT Series driver and W-Series shortlisted driver).
The addition of Formula 4 supporting the Grand Prix weekend is a massive boost for the junior category and the event itself as the young drivers expose themselves to the big teams in more senior categories while racing on the premium racetrack facilities Albert Park has to offer around the 5.3-kilometre temporary racing circuit.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said that the open-wheel development category will add to the spectacle of competitive racing and the fan experience at the Melbourne event. “These young Australian drivers are the future of motorsport in our country and we are excited to host the opening round of the Australian Formula 4 Championship here at Albert Park in 2019,” Westacott said.
“We hope that by giving these aspiring young racers the opportunity to follow in the tracks of their Formula 1 heroes, it will help inspire these boys and girls to achieve their dreams and strive to ultimately become the next Daniel Ricciardo or Susie Wolff.”
“Albert Park is a fantastic circuit and the drivers will really get an opportunity to soak up everything that comes with being involved in a world class, Formula 1 event,” added CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos
“We’d like to thank the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Formula One Management for this significant opportunity.”
Formula 4 will be fronting a huge support category line-up at the Australian Grand Prix in 2019 with the event set to boast more on-track activity than any other Grand Prix event in the world. Other categories confirmed and most likely to appear next year include the Supercars Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup and Australian GT Championship.
The Australian Grand Prix is the season-opening round for next year’s Formula One World Championship running from March 14-17.
Images via CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship