The questions posed by British F4's imminent shake-up
It’s all change in British F4 next year with a different car, engine and promoter. But with the British motorsport governing body set to become a competitor to organising clubs, and a question mark over the external funding to replace the shortfall previously put in by Ford, a lot remains unclear
It’s been a long time since there’s been so much change to the top rungs of junior single-seaters in the UK at the same point. The developments for 2022 mark arguably the greatest upheaval since 2013, when British Formula Ford broke with tradition and became a slicks-and-wings category as it returned to the British Touring Car support bill and Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision organisation launched BRDC F4, which proved to be a hit at a time when the original British F3 was in its final, ailing throes and Formula Renault UK had recently met its demise.
Change was always on the cards for next year with the second-generation FIA F4 machines finally coming on stream. But the alterations are far more extensive than just a new car for British F4 – the series that emerged from British FFord.
After missing out on the 2020 British F4 title in astonishing fashion, Zak O'Sullivan was determined to earn his first car racing title stepping up to the BRDC British F3 championship. While the series underwent a mid-year name change to GB3, the Carlin driver was imperious throughout and deservedly claimed the title in his rookie year
Never finishing lower than fifth, Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind’s peerless consistency paid dividends in 2021 as British GT’s decision to drop the Silver class yielded the same outcome as in 2020 - a Barwell-run Lamborghini sweeping to the title. Autosport reviews the GT3 and GT4 classes, and picks out the year's best drivers
There’s just a handful of events remaining in the national racing season, but it’s still very much all to play for in the battle to secure the most wins in 2021. Cam Jackson and Miles Rudman currently heading the classification ahead of a potentially crucial weekend of national racing for Autosport’s National Driver Rankings
Big names were back on track and in the grandstand for the 50th Formula Ford Festival last weekend, which served to remind the world of the knockout contest's enduring appeal - even if it is unlikely to return to its former status as a must-win event on the single-seater ladder
The decision to allow 15-year-olds to race in MSV's new low-cost GB4 championship in 2022 poses a challenge to the position of British F4 - previously the only UK-based series where drivers below the age of 16 could compete. Whether the two can co-exist is the next pertinent question...
The finale of the British Touring Car Championship always provides plenty of drama, but its support series are also set to produce many twists and turns at this weekend's last round. Unusually, all five titles are still up for grabs, so it's all to play for at Brands Hatch. Here's how each series' showdown is shaping up
Podcast: Karun Chandhok on the changing UK single-seater landscape
Hitech GP to expand into British F4 in 2022