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Lance Stroll leads the start of first F4 race
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How a decade of F4 has revolutionised single-seater racing

It’s almost 10 years since the FIA’s Formula 4 category took its first steps. In the intervening decade, it has galvanised the global single-seater landscape

Next month, at 9.03am CEST on 8 June, it will be exactly 10 years since the opening round of the 2014 Italian Formula 4 Championship kicked off at Adria International Raceway. What few could have foreseen was that, at this dullest of circuits, the landscape of single-seater racing had changed irrevocably. This was the first race for the FIA’s new entry-level category, one that would spread around the world.

In 2024, there are 15 FIA-certified F4 championships, on nearly every one of the continents of the globe. And this year, the Formula 1 grid contains six graduates of F4. While that doesn’t sound like many, it should be remembered that the remaining 14 were already in F1 or competing at a higher level of single-seaters at the time F4 began. Besides, in all likelihood Ollie Bearman and Andrea Kimi Antonelli – respectively the 2021 and 2022 champions in both Italian and German F4 – will in 2025 join the elite, which presently includes Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant (graduates from British F4), Lance Stroll and Zhou Guanyu (Italian), and Yuki Tsunoda (Japanese).

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