Ford MSA Formula rebranded to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

03 MAY, 2016 – Ford MSA Formula has been rebranded in accordance with its British Formula 4 Championship status and renamed the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

The name change reflects the championship’s unique standing as the UK series conforming to global FIA F4 regulations, introduced in 2015 as the first rung on the racing ladder for young single-seater drivers starting out on the road to Formula One.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “The rebranding of MSA Formula to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford achieves two key goals. First, it identifies the championship alongside other FIA F4 series around the world, and secondly it confirms that there is a clear first rung on the single-seater ladder in the UK.”

“Given the global reach of FIA Formula 4, it is both natural and essential that the category establishes a strong base in the UK and continues growing from there,” said Stefano Domenicali, President of the FIA’s Single Seater Commission.

“It is obviously one of the major centres in the motor sport world with a proud and rich history in all facets of it. The nature of FIA Formula 4 is a national championship, meaning that driver entries are predominantly only allowed from the country in which it is run – as a result it is a way of specifically developing young British talent.

“The MSA Formula series was well-established in the UK, and I welcome the addition of the globally-recognised F4 brand – further providing a basis to compare drivers competing in the same category around the world.

“On behalf of the FIA, I must thank the MSA and their major partner, Ford, for ensuring the appropriate recognition of the FIA Formula 4 category in the UK.”

Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe added: “Ford is delighted with the rebranding to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. It ensures that the name of the championship is now consistent with its counterpart FIA F4 series around the world. It adds to the transparency of the FIA motorsport ladder in Britain and underlines Ford’s ongoing commitment to developing young drivers which has spanned almost 50 years.”

The 2016 British F4 Champion will be awarded 12 points towards an FIA Formula One Superlicence. They will also attend the FIA Gala in Austria (2 December) and join an exclusive FIA F4 drivers’ club.

Eyes on the prize ahead of Ford MSA Formula season

  • Phenomenal array of prizes on offer to both drivers and team members throughout 2016.

31 March, 2016 – With less than 48 hours until the inaugural round of the 2016 Ford British F4 season, drivers and team members up and down the paddock have already got their eyes on the plethora of prizes in store for top performers.

For 2016 the Ford EcoBoost-powered series once again boasts an incredibly desirable array of awards. All of which are fitting for a series which has become renowned for being one of the hardest FIA Formula 4 championships to win.

Furthermore, the prizes reflect Ford’s continued commitment to support young drivers and engineers; enabling the next generation of racers to advance to the highest echelons of motorsport.

£30,000 Prize Fund – An unrivalled cash prize in UK motorsport from Ford Motor Company. Each weekend the winner of races two and three will to receive a cheque for £1,000. A further £1,000 will be up for grabs in race one, divided equally between the Scholarship Class winner and the driver who gains the most places between their starting and finishing position.

FIA British Formula 4 Champion – The 2016 title winner will be crowned ‘FIA British Formula 4 Champion’ and invited to one of the year’s most anticipated events within the motorsport community, the FIA Prize-Giving ceremony. The event will be hosted in Vienna on 2 December and will see champions from every major branch of international motorsport gather together to receive their official FIA awards. This year’s champion will also be invited to the 2016 MSA Night of Champions at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall.

FIA Super Licence Points – Awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder; helping them fulfil their ambitions of acquiring a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1. In 2016 12 points will be awarded to the Ford British F4 Champion; two more than any National Formula 3 Championship.

FIA Formula 3 Test – A fully funded test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team courtesy of series partner and tyre supplier Hankook.

Henry Ford Trophy – Those who compete in Ford British F4 can use the series as a perfect platform from which to demonstrate extraordinary human endeavour in the field of motorsport and therefore put themselves in contention for the Henry Ford Trophy.

€1,000 Pole Position Prize – Awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.

Snap-on Business Solutions Prizes – A £300 Snap-on Tools voucher will be given to the championship’s top technician at each round of the series. In addition, the top technician of the year will receive a uniquely customised Snap-on Business Solutions toolbox and tools, worth in excess of £3,000.

2016 Ford MSA Formula season preview: The winning formula continues with motorsport’s brightest young stars

  • Ford British F4 to once again enable a host of talented young drivers to make their first step on the FIA motorsport ladder.
  • Drivers will compete for FIA British Formula 4 Championship title and an array of prizes including £30,000 prize fund and a test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team.

30 March, 2016 – Ford British F4 roars back into life this weekend at Brands Hatch for the inaugural rounds of the 2016 season. Following a successful maiden season as the UK’s official FIA Formula 4 series, the Ford British F4 has once again attracted a plethora of the finest motorsport talents from around the world and from a variety of race categories. All of whom are aiming to follow in the footsteps of 2015’s emphatic Champion Lando Norris.

The winning formula behind arguably the world’s most competitive junior single-seater championship will remain with the regulations largely unchanged.

The acclaimed “EcoBoost” technology based 1.6 litre Ford engine will power the advanced-carbon fibre chassis from Mygale, as drivers battle it out on track.

FIA Super Licence Points, the prestigious title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion, a test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team and a share of a £30,000 prize fund from Ford Motor Company are all up for grabs.

The series will continue to reflect Ford’s longstanding support of grassroots motor racing, a commitment which has spanned almost 50 years.

Ahead of the new season Ford Performance’s Gerard Quinn commented: “Ford is one of the few manufacturers involved in this level of racing in terms of funding and managing a championship.

“By playing such an integral role at this level we are enabling young talent to go racing and make it to the top of the sport.

“With the series endorsed by the FIA, the Super Licence points drivers earn in this championship will facilitate their progression to the pinnacle of motorsport.”

A wealth of talent
Reigning champions Carlin boast an enviable quartet of drivers. It includes Devlin DeFrancesco who makes the trip across the pond having dominated the North American karting scene; the experienced hands of James Pull and Petru Florescu who both competed in the series last year and finally Max Fewtrell. The latter exhibiting a level of speed and consistency during pre-season preparations which has seen many already tip him for the title.

Another returnee to the series is JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding, who is looking to build upon his momentum from three race wins and an impressive end to 2015. Jerseyman Jack Butel also seeks Ford British F4 title glory at the second time of asking and Billy Monger arrives fresh from Ginetta Juniors. 2015 rival and Ginetta Junior Champion Jamie Caroline makes the switch to single-seaters with Jamun Racing, whilst Patrik Matthiesen heads up the JTR assault.

A host of challengers arrive on the back of successful Australian F4 campaigns. Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds leads the TRS Arden charge; whilst Harry Hayek competes for Jamun and Zane Goddard embarks upon a season with Double R Racing. German Carrie Schreiner will team up with Goddard at selected rounds, dovetailing her Ford British F4 commitments with German F4.

This season Ford British F4 is once again the only single seater series open to drivers under the age of 16 and its youngest entrant, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, faces a frustrating wait until his fifteenth birthday to compete from Thruxton onwards. Another 15-year-old in the shape of fellow Young Racing Driver Academy member Jack Martin lines up alongside him in Garry Horner’s squad. Meanwhile, Rafael Martins is aiming to turn a collection of podiums and Rookie Class victories last year into the perfect foundation for a concerted title effort.

Fortec Motorsports is another team to feature four drivers. It’s headed by Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn and Formula Kart Stars Champion Ross Martin. Both have been standout performers in testing. They will be joined by Frank Bird and Dane Nicolai Kjaergaard.

Never miss the action
Ford British F4 is contested over a 10 meeting, 30 race schedule. It enjoys pride of place as the sole single-seater support series to the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship. The series visits all major British circuits, boasting live Sunday-afternoon television coverage on ITV4, as well as a highlights package on the channel’s Motorsport UK programme.

About Ford British F4
The motive power for the Ford British F4 chassis is the 1.6 litre DI turbocharged EcoBoost – a mainstay of Ford’s performance car range. It is a 160 PS unit which successfully powered the MSA Formula cars throughout 2015, designed and manufactured by Ford in Britain and supplied at a price to meet the FIA’s mandated price cap.

It is the only engine homologated by the FIA for use in F4 chassis in the UK. The engines and their electronic management systems are supplied by engine tuner Sodemo in sealed form following dyno testing and power matching to ensure a level and fair playing field.

The championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, is supplied by respected French manufacturer Mygale. Based at Magny Cours, Mygale was founded in 1989 by Bertrand Decoster; its first car was a Formula Ford. This combination has gone on to win championships around the globe, including the last ten MSA Formula and Formula Ford championships in Britain.

The Mygale F4 chassis is designed around the FIA F3 level safety requirements, including front and rear impact absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side panels, roll hoops, FIA head restraint system, wheel restraining cables, FIA safety seat and retractable steering wheel and column.

A pole position prize will be awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.

Ford British F4 cars race on Hankook slick tyres, identical in compound and construction to those employed in the FIA European F3 Championship. This means drivers are be able to gain valuable experience of the tyres and their characteristics ahead of a step up to FIA Euro F3.