Among the entrants into the inaugural F4 Indian Championship are Rohaan Madesh from Bengaluru and Rishon Rajeev from Bangalore.

Both drivers had good performances in the first round at the Madras International Circuit, with Madesh scoring mid-pack points in Race 2 and 3 and Rajeev scoring P2 in Race 1 and P4 in Races 2 and 3. Asian Motorsport spoke to both drivers ahead of the second round of the championship.

By Seb Tirado & Nida Anis

Madesh: “So far, it’s been good”

Racing in the F4 Indian Championship marks Rohaan Madesh’s first foray into formula cars after racing in karts in India and abroad. Asian Motorsport asked how he’d found adapting to the Mygale car.

“It’s been quite different because there’s a lot more power and there’s aerodynamics involved as well. But other than that, from karting to cars it’s quite similar,” he said.

On how he’d been finding the championship so far, he said, “So far, it’s been good. I think in Round 1 I lacked a bit of pace, but I think this round hopefully I’ll be quick and not too slow.”

Madesh on the grid in Race 3 of Round 1

In the second round, Madesh scored further points, finishing eighth, seventh, and fifth in Races 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Rajeev: “It’s nice to challenge yourself”

Racing in the F4 Indian Championship is the next step up for Rishon Rajeev after competing in the MRF 1600 Championship.

Reflecting on the previous round, he said, “We had good pace. This time we didn’t get the results we needed, maybe desired. Just learn from how it was last round and hopefully correct the mistakes this round and get some good results.”

Rishon Rajeev scored a maiden podium in the inaugural race of the championship

Asian Motorsport asked what the main differences were between the machinery in MRF 1600 and Indian F4. “It’s not a carbon monocoque [in MRF 1600], this is a carbon monocoque and it’s a lot more different, a lot more refined compared to the 1600.”

Rajeev was also asked how he felt about racing against international competitors who’d competed in other F4 championships abroad.

“It’s amazing, and it’s also very important for me as a racing driver because I’ve been racing predominantly only in India with Indian drivers,” he said.

“So, when you have drivers who’ve done Italian F4, British F4, they come in with a lot of experience, with a lot of talent and yeah, it’s nice to challenge yourself against them. You learn so much from them and you just keep learning.”

In the second round, Rajeev finished second in Race 1 and achieved the fastest lap in both Race 2 and 3, finishing in fifth and fourth respectively.

The F4 Indian Championship continues at the Madras International Circuit on the 5th-6th December 2023. Catch the action on Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar in India, and on YouTube internationally.

Image credits: F4 Indian Championship

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