No new car for Bri­tish F4 in 2019

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - STEPHEN LICKORISH BRI­TISH F4

Bri­tish For­mula 4’s or­gan­iser has de­cided not to in­tro­duce a new car un­til the 2020 sea­son at the ear­li­est.

Fol­low­ing a World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil meet­ing late last year it was an­nounced that all of the ex­ist­ing Fia-backed F4 cham­pi­onships must switch to a new car, fea­tur­ing the halo cock­pit-pro­tec­tion de­vice, by the 2024 sea­son. Bri­tish F4 eval­u­ated whether to in­tro­duce a new car for next year, but with the lim­ited time avail­able and other sig­nif­i­cant changes to the ju­nior sin­gle-seater lad­der in the works – in­clud­ing In­ter­na­tional F3 re­plac­ing GP3 and a num­ber of new Re­gional F3 se­ries – or­gan­is­ers de­cided it would be best to wait un­til 2020.

Cham­pi­onship pro­moter Sam Roach ex­plained: “It’s a pretty tight turn­around to have new cars ready in six months’ time – it’s a lot of work to man­u­fac­ture a new mono­coque and we don’t want to rush. We are pretty happy to give time for the F3 dust to set­tle.

“We are work­ing closely with the FIA, the [UK gov­ern­ing body] Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and car con­struc­tor My­gale on what the next steps are go­ing to be.”

The My­gale M14-F4 car has been used since 2015, when what was Bri­tish For­mula Ford be­came FIA F4. So far, no F4 se­ries bosses have con­firmed a car change, and it was re­ported last month that the Ger­man se­ries is also plan­ning to wait un­til 2020 at the ear­li­est.

Bri­tish F4 won’t swap to a new car be­fore 2020

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