BRDC Formula 4 Championship

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BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Formula 4 official logo.png
Category Single seaters
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Inaugural season 2013
Constructors Ralph Firman Racing
Engine suppliers Ford Duratec
Tyre suppliers Pirelli
Drivers' champion United Kingdom George Russell
Official website
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The BRDC Formula 4 Championship is a single seater motorsport series based in the United Kingdom. The championship is designed as a low-cost entrance to car racing, and is aimed at young racing drivers moving up from Karting. There are two separate championships run each season; the main championship and a shorter winter series.

The series was originally operated by the 750 Motor Club along the Formula Vee series as an entry level single seater formula for young drivers. In September 2012, it was announced that the "Formula 4" name would be passed onto MotorSport Vision (MSV) and the British Racing Drivers' Club to create a new Formula 4 Championship. The championship features a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded drivers using identical 2.0-litre cars built by Ralph Firman's RFR company. Starting from the 2015 winter series the championship will switch to a new Tatuus car powered by a Cosworth engine, designed specifically for BRDC F4.[1]

British driver Jake Hughes was the first champion of the series in 2013, driving for Lanan Racing. The championship top three of Hughes, vice-champion Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson were all finalists in that year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

In 2014, George Russell was crowned champion following a dramatic victory in the season finale at Snetterton. Russell beat out his Lanan Racing teammate Arjun Maini by just three points and went on to win the 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award later in the year.

Chassis specifications[edit]

BRDC Formula 4 Car[edit]

MSV F4-013
Constructor Ralph Firman Racing
Engine 2.0L Duratec
Lubrication Dry sump
Horsepower 185 bhp
Engine management Cosworth
Ignition system
Transmission Sadev ST75LW 6-speed sequential
Suspension Double wishbone Pushrod
Chassis spaceframe
Tires Yokohama (2013–14)
Pirelli (2015)
Brakes AP Racing 4-piston calipers
Wheelbase 2679.5 mm
Front track 1596 mm
Rear track 1494 mm
Weight 470 kg

The MSV F4-013 cars have been built to a single specification by RFR, the company headed by Ralph Firman, who founded the legendary Van Diemen operation. The car is designed to embrace contemporary technology to provide optimum safety and affordability, and features an advanced spaceframe chassis compliant with the latest FIA Article 277 safety standards.

These include FIA approved carbon fibre front and rear impact structures, Diolen anti-intrusion side panels, cockpit head surround protection and wheel tethers.

The F4 cars also feature front and rear wings and run on 8” front and 10” rear wheels, with tyres supplied by Pirelli.

The power unit has been selected to provide a relatively high level of power with excellent power and torque, reliability and performance consistency.

The 2.0 litre Duratec engine produces 185 bhp and uses a Cosworth engine management system.

The gearbox is more sophisticated than any previous car at an equivalent level, being a six-speed Sadev transmission incorporating paddleshift. Cosworth also supply the gearbox control system.

Tatuus chassis[edit]

Championship organisers announced in September 2014 that a new FIA F4-specification carbon composite car built by Italian company Tatuus, will be introduced to the championship in Autumn 2015.[2]

Sales of the new car have been very strong, with 23 cars ordered within the first few weeks of the announcement.[3]

The new-for-2016 Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 was unveiled at Silverstone on May 30 by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer. The Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 is based on the Tatuus FIA F4 car with a substantial package of enhancements, which lift the performance of the 2016 BRDC F4 car much above the current BRDC F4 single-seater as well as FIA F4 and MSA Formula.

A major upgrade for BRDC F4 is moving to a carbon fibre chassis, utilising the Italian Tatuus FIA F4 survival cell and a car that is compliant with the latest FIA F3 safety standards. In a clear move to distance the BRDC F4 car upwards from the 15-year-old driver-compliant FIA F4, the new single-seater introduces a new Cosworth 230bhp 4 cylinder normally aspirated engine together with a Sadev six-speed paddle shift gearbox with LSD, AP 4 pot front brakes, Pirelli tyres and high downforce aerodynamics.[4]

After its unveiling, the car then took to the Grand Prix circuit at the Northamptonshire circuit for three demonstration laps in the hands of current Lotus F1 Team Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer. [5]

Points system[edit]

Current points system[edit]

Points are awarded to all finishing drivers in each race, except the reverse grid race two, using the following system:

Driver's Championship points system.[6]
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th 
35 29 24 21 19 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


Operating under 750 Motor Club[edit]

All champions were British-registered.

Season Champion Class A2 Class B Class C Class D Class E
2006 Chris Lewis Chris Vinall Peter Monk Paul Rider Malcolm Scott
2007 Steve Savage Chris Kite Clive Yorath Stuart Wright Jennifer Scott
2008 Jeremy Walker Clive Yorath Oliver Sirrell
2009 Jonathan Weston-Taylor [7] Will Thompson

(As Revelation Series)

Charles Adrian Paul Presgraves
2010 Malcolm Scott David Woodsworth-Dale Clive Yorath Paul Presgraves John Whitbourn
2011 Oliver Sirrell Charles Adrian Ashley Dibden Scott Moakes

BRDC Formula 4 Championship[edit]

Season Champion Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup Winter Series Champion The Who Zooms Award
2013 United Kingdom Jake Hughes United Kingdom Jake Hughes United Kingdom Matthew Graham Poland Malgosia Rdest
2014 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Will Palmer not awarded


  1. ^ Mitchell, Scott (2 September 2014). "BRDC Formula 4 to use Tatuus FIA F4 chassis from late 2015". Haymarket MEdia. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "BRDC F4 CONFIRMS TATUUS AS NEW CHASSIS SUPPLIER". MotorSport Vision. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "BIG DEMAND FROM TEAMS FOR NEW TATUUS BRDC F4 CAR". MotorSport Vision. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
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  6. ^ "2013 Formula Ford Championship Sporting Regulations" (PDF). British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ [1]

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