The Italian Formula 4 is the first formula racing series that was regulated by the FIA Formula 4 regulations. Based in Italy, the series saw it’s inaugural season in 2014 where it replaced the Formula Abarth. It’s goal was to make the ladder to Formula 1 more transparent which worked as we saw the 2014 champion, Lance Stroll, graduate to Formula 1 in 2017.
The only Italian F4 Champion to make it to F1 is Lance Stroll
Similarly to a lot of other feeder series, Italian F4 runs across the Friday to Sunday where we see a free practise session on the Friday. Come the Saturday, we see a qualifying session first followed by a 25 minute race. On the final day, we see a second 25 minute race. The Saturday qualifying session determines the race order for the Saturday race while the second fastest time each driver makes determines the race order for the Sunday race.
The chassis of the car is designed by Tatuus and is a carbon-fibre monocoque. It runs a 1400cc Fiat-FPT engine which is the same that they used in Formula Abarth between 2010 and 2013. The engine is detuned to 160hp to fit the Formula 4 regulations.
Prema have won most of the teams championships since 2014
In the six years of the series running, we’ve seen some great names progress from the series. In 2014, the inaugural series, we saw Formula One driver Lance Stroll take the championship. The following year, we saw Ralf Aron win the championship where he competed against Formula 2’s Guanyu Zhou, Robert Shwartzman and Marino Sato while we saw Formula One’s Lando Norris appear briefly in the series. In 2016, we saw Haas’ newest addition Mick Schumacher just miss out on the title to Marcos Siebert. 2017 saw Formula Two’s Marcus Armstrong take the title while in 2018, Formula Three’s Enzo Fittipaldi took the title. We then saw Formula Three’s Dennis Hauger take the championship while Gabriele Mini currently holds the title for 2020.
With the championship being the Italian Formula 4, most of the events are held within Italy at some of the most iconic tracks: ACI Vallelunga Circuit, Misano World Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Mugello, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Red Bull Ring Spielberg in Austria and Hungaroring in Hungary.