- Reduced daylight hours causes amendment to Croft schedule; two races instead of three.
- FIA World Motor Sport Council announces second-generation F4 car has been postponed to November 2021; series expects to retain current chassis.
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost meeting at Croft will run to a slightly amended schedule, with two races rather than three.
A revised calendar was issued in line with British Touring Car Championship organisers TOCA on 27 April, with the season extended into mid-November to ensure as much of the original schedule could be accommodated later in the year.
Unfortunately, that also presents an additional challenge to organisers with reduced daylight hours, and as a result, each BTCC support series will alternate reducing its track time across the final three events at Croft, Snetterton and Brands Hatch (Indy).
In the case of British F4 that reduction from three races to two comes on the annual trip to the 2.1-mile Yorkshire circuit on 10-11 October.
As such, the two races now scheduled will be treated as ‘Races 1 & 3’, meaning that the grids for the two races will be decided on fastest and second-fastest times from qualifying, as per the regulations. There will be no reverse grid race at Croft.
The other eight events all continue to host three races and a qualifying session of 20 minutes, as well as pre-event testing on each Friday prior to a meeting, along with additional in-season championship test days.
The championship will, therefore, be made up of 26 full points-scoring races in 2020.
Current chassis expected to be retained until 2022
Additionally, the FIA World Motor Sport Council has announced a delay to the introduction of the second-generation Formula 4 chassis until November 2021.
It is expected, therefore, that the current chassis introduced to the UK’s Formula 4 series in 2015 (as MSA Formula) will be retained until its successor is available.
This will provide stability for current and future competitors as they evaluate the next step in their careers, as well as offsetting the financial costs of a new car in the current climate.