Compared to other parts of the globe, Formula 4 is booming in Asia. Indeed, many prominent active racing drivers started their careers in Asia before climbing the ranks in Europe. AlphaTauri F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo raced in Formula BMW Asia before going to the UK, reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Antonio Giovinazzi raced in and won the Formula Pilota China title in his single-seater debut, and rising star Andrea Kimi Antonelli raced in F4 UAE last year and went on to win this year’s Formula Regional Middle East title.

Today, there are a good number of FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 championships, with drivers racing on famous and iconic circuits across Asia. Asian Motorsport reviews each of these championships and the graduates that they have produced.

F4 Japanese Championship

First held in 2015, the championship currently races at the Fuji Speedway, Suzuka Circuit, Motegi, Sportsland Sugo and Autopolis in support of the Super GT Series. Drivers race using the Dome F110 chassis, powered by a 2.0L TOM’S-Toyota Inline-4 and running Dunlop tyres. Japanese driver Rikuto Kobayashi won the 2023 championship. Previous champions like Sho Tsuboi and Ritomo Miyata have gone on to win the Super GT and Super Formula titles respectively. Other notable graduates include AlphaTauri F1 driver Yuki Tsunoda and F2 race winner Ayumu Iwasa.

F4 Chinese Championship

Also first held in 2015, the championship currently races at the Zhuhai Circuit, Ningbo Circuit and the Pingtan Ruyi Lake Circuit. Drivers race using the Mygale M14-F4 chassis, powered by a 2.0L Geely Inline-4 and running Kumho tyres. Next year, the championship will switch to the newer Mygale M21-F4 chassis. Macanese driver Tiago Rodrigues is the current championship leader on 288 points. Hong Kong-based team BlackArts Racing notably dominated the championship for almost the entirety of their tenure as a team in the series.

F4 UAE Championship

First held in 2016, the championship currently races at the Yas Marina Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome in support of Formula Regional Middle East. Drivers race using the Tatuus F4-T421 chassis, powered by a turbocharged 1.4L Abarth Inline-4 and running Giti tyres. Australian driver James Wharton won the 2023 championship. Previous champions like Matteo Nannini and Charlie Wurz have gone on to compete and win in FIA Formula 3 and Formula Regional Oceania respectively. Other notable graduates include Williams F1 driver Logan Sargeant, who was vice-champion in the 2016-2017 season, and McLaren F1 driver Oscar Piastri, both of whom made their single-seater debuts in this series. From 2025, the Championship will be known as F4 Middle East.

F4 Indian Championship

Being held for the first time this month, the championship will race at the Madras Circuit and the Chennai Formula Racing Circuit in support of the Indian Racing League. The drivers will race using the Mygale M21-F4 chassis, powered by a 1.3L turbocharged Alpine Inline-4 and running MRF tyres. All cars are supported by MP Motorsport. Australian driver and 2023 GB4 vice-champion Cooper Webster is the current championship leader on 58 points.

F4 South East Asia Championship

First held in 2016, the championship currently races at the Zhuzhou Circuit, Guia Circuit and the Sepang Circuit. Drivers race the Tatuus F4-T421 chassis, powered by a turbocharged 1.4L Abarth Inline-4 and running Giti tyres. Macanese driver Tiago Rodrigues is the current championship leader on 51 points. Previous champions like Lucca Allen and Alessandro Ghiretti have gone on to compete in the Le Mans Cup and Porsche Supercup respectively.

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