DEKRA in ADAC Formula 4
Following in the Footsteps of Vettel, Schumacher, & Co.
Moving from a kart to a Formula racing car is a big step. However, in DEKRA, the young talents of ADAC Formula 4 know they have a reliable partner at their side. Thus, the stars of tomorrow already have the very best foundations.
DEKRA has supported Formula 4 from the beginning and has been an official series partner since 2015. The expert organization presents the start numbers on the vehicles with its logo. “We are pleased to be involved in ADAC Formula 4. Fostering young talent has occupied a position of high importance for us for many years,” explains Clemens Klinke from the Executive Board of DEKRA SE.
Likewise good are the prospects of the young drivers, who receive excellent basic training in Formula 4. Series patron Sebastian Vettel himself once earned his first stripes in the predecessor championship ADAC Formula BMW and made people sit up and take notice by winning the title in 2004. By now, the first young driver from ADAC Formula 4 has also arrived in Formula 1, with Briton Lando Norris managing the jump from this level to the “premier class” in just four years. He is driving for the tradition-steeped team McLaren in 2019.
Second-generation racing drivers have also already created headlines in ADAC Formula 4. Mick Schumacher, son of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, came second in Formula 4 in 2016 and was thus promoted to the international Formula 3 European Championship, which he won in 2018. His cousin David Schumacher, son of Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher, won the rookie title in ADAC Formula 4 in 2018. In the process, he came up against Enzo Fittipaldi, the grandson of the two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi from Brazil. And this famous last name is also represented in 2019 in another racing series supported by DEKRA: Pietro Fittipaldi, the older grandson of the former world champion, is starting for the first time in the DTM for the Audi customer team WRT.
Meanwhile, 18 young talents of 15 years of age and older – including Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc – are participating in ADAC Formula 4 this year. All the drivers receive an ample amount of track time in ADAC Formula 4 and compete in three half-hour races per event, in order to acquire as much driving experience as possible in their 160 hp-strong identical cars.
The 1.4 liter turbo engine from Abarth used accelerates the vehicles to up to 210 km/h, while the Tatuus chassis offers the drivers the greatest possible safety in accordance with the high requirements of the world automobile association, the FIA.
And all this at the most important race tracks in Germany and the neighboring countries within the framework of the ADAC GT Masters and – as a particular highlight – in Formula 1 at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
One could hardly wish for a better entry into Formula racing.