Formula 1 may be the pinnacle of motor racing, but there are tonnes of smaller racing leagues that deliver high octane kicks. The latest to join the fray is Formula 4, which is intended to be a cheap (ish) stepping stone between karting and Formula 3, which tends to be prohibitively expensive for many wannabe racers that lack sponsorship.
Formula 4 is the brainchild of former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, who serves as the president of the FIA’s Single-Seater Commission. The FIA plans to try to encourage individual countries to host their own versions of the series, rather than rolling out a single worldwide championship.
Countries will be invited to choose their own engine suppliers with the one restriction being engines that are limited to a 1.6-litre displacement and 150hp power output.
The series is also open to multiple chassis partners becoming involved. So far Dallara, an Italian chassis constructor that makes race cars for numerous other single seater series, including IndyCar and Formula E, is the only chassis manufacturer to have confirmed its involvement.
While there is no official start date for the series, Dallara will launch its car in Spring 2014.