British F4 announces format changes ahead of 2021 season

  • Reverse grid race expanded to entire field, based on qualifying times.
  • Points system for new format awarded on a sliding scale from first to eighth.
  • Fastest lap in each race now awarded with a bonus point.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is pleased to announce a number of format changes ahead of the 2021 season.

Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series will once again take in 30 action-packed races at nine circuits around the UK as part of the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package.

The second race at each of those events will now feature a fully reversed grid based on driver’s times from qualifying, rather than 50% of the classified finishers from race one under the previous system.

Points for the reverse grid race under the new format will be awarded down to eighth place on a sliding scale (15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1).

Races one and three – the grids for which are formed based on a driver’s fastest and second-fastest times in qualifying – will retain the same FIA points system as before.

In addition to these changes, a point will now be awarded for the fastest lap of the race in all three races across the weekend.

“I’m pleased to unveil a number of changes to our event format for the 2021 season,” commented Sam Roach, Championship Promoter.

“Our regulations have remained stable for over half a decade now, which is a real testament to how well the format has been received and – more importantly – worked in practice.

“However, we feel the time is right to shake things up a little bit for 2021, incorporating feedback from our teams, and I’m confident the changes will only add to the fantastic on-track action we’ve become globally renowned for at this level.

“The changes to the reverse grid race give drivers at both ends of the grid a real opportunity to hone their race craft, practice attacking and defending and really put in a shift to bring home the results they need, wherever in the standings they may be.

“As the first step on the FIA Single Seater ladder, driver development is one of our key objectives and these initiatives tick all the boxes to help that process.

“Generally speaking, grid numbers are looking really positive, both announced publicly and still in the pipeline, and it’s full steam ahead for our team now as we prepare for our season opener in April.”