The inaugural season of the F4 Saudi Arabia Championship began this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit. This new series, part of “The Road to Jeddah”, is a collaboration between Saudi Arabian automotive company Altawkilat and racing team Meritus.GP, who previously organised F4 South East Asia from 2016 to 2019. From their technical base in Jeddah, they aim for the championship to help kickstart the futures of Arabian talent in open-wheelers. Asian Motorsport outlines all that you need to know before/as the season gets underway.

By Seb Tirado

Format: F4 Saudi Arabia is set to run a 6-round calendar from December 2023 to March 2024. Each round will host three 45 minute tests,  a 30 minute practice session, a 30 minute qualifying session and four races of 20 minutes.
Points will be awarded in the usual FIA points system, from 25 points for P1 to 1 point for P10. Additionally, 3 points will be given for pole position and 1 point for the fastest lap.

 

 

Cars & Drivers: The championship will use the Tatuus F4-T421 chassis, which is currently used by many other F4 championships across the world. However, unlike many others, all cars will be managed through a single technical organiser, in this case Meritus.GP.

The grid is a mix of both international and Arabian drivers:
Hamda Al Qubaisi (UAE)

Faisal Alkabbani (KSA)

Omar Aldereyaane (KSA)

Amna Al Qubaisi (UAE)

Suleiman Zanfari (MAR)

Jabor Al Thani (QAT)

Montego Maassen (GER)

Abdulaziz Abuzenadah (KSA)

Oscar Wurz (AUT)

Federico Al Rifai (UAE)

Abdulaziz Altayar (KSA)

Saqer Almoasherji (KWT)

Kirill Kutskov (RUS)

Thanks to the Prix d’Or Initiative, where the championship’s sponsors subsidise the drivers’ costs, the championship budget for each driver has been capped at €130,000 for a season.

Calendar: The championship will be held on 4 circuits in 4 countries across the Arabian Peninsula:

Round 1  – Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain (14-16 December)

Round 2  – Lusail International Circuit, Qatar (7-9 January)

Round 3/4  – Kuwait Motor Town, Kuwait (25-27 January/1-3 February)

Round 5/6  – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Saudi Arabia (20-23/28-30 March)

Image credits: Altawkilat Meritus.GP

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