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Preview: first round of Spanish F4 in Jarama!

Formula 4 — May 8, 2024

To warm up for the first round of Spanish F4, it’s of course important to look back at the previous season, our successes, our driver line-up this season and the circuit. Read all about it in this week’s preview of the race weekend in Jarama.

It may have felt like a long time, but the Spanish F4 is finally about to kick off again this weekend. This year is going to be more exciting than ever, and the MP team is entering with a strong line-up of drivers. It is going to be difficult to improve from last season, considering that MP took home the Constructor’s Championship with a total of 505 points. We got crowned as the ‘winning team’ in a total of four races, and in an equal amount of races, an MP driver stepped onto the highest stage of the podium.

Meet the drivers

Mattia Colnaghi
Winning is something Mattia is already pretty familiar with, which he already did during the Richard Mille shootout last year. The weather didn’t make it easy on Mattia to win the whole thing, after being hit with a wet track in Navarra, but convinced the judges enough to secure a place in this season’s line-up. To top it off, Mattia finished six during the 2023 World Karting Championship!

René Lammers
After clinching first place in the European Karting Championship, René nearly made it a double but ended the World Karting Championship as second. Still, a very impressive portfolio going into your rookie season in the Spanish F4. Having participated in the Formula Winter Series earlier this season, we are excited to see what this season will bring for our young Dutchman.

Maciej Gladysz
Stepping onto the podium in one of your first-ever single-seater races is considered nearly impossible. Still, Maciej did it. During the Formula Winter Series 2024, he finished third behind teammate Griffin and left an amazing impression on the rest. Winning the Rookie Championship and being considered a championship contender during the entire season is enough to make us very eager to see what the Pole is going to show this upcoming season.

Griffin Peebles
The feeling of winning is considered ‘addictive’ to some people, and we think that Griffin may have caught on. Winning the Formula Winter Series this year after a total of four races throughout the season makes Griffin hungry to go for it all in his second season of Spanish Formula 4.

Lucas Fluxá
Being on his home ground sure does make Lucas a bit more relaxed for his debut season in open-wheel racing, but doesn’t make him less excited. After winning both on national and international levels in karting, Lucas is ready to take the next step in his career by taking on the Spanish Formula 4 this season.

Keanu Al Azhari
After being crowned Rookie Winner three times last season, only finishing out of the top ten six times, and winning his first race in the Formula Winter Series a few weeks back, Keanu is looking forward to showing his worth this season in the Spanish F4.

Jarama Circuit

The track, located north of Madrid, will be the playground for the first round. The circuit is new on the calendar, replacing Navarra. This season the championship will move out of Spain twice, going to Portimao during the second round and Paul Ricard during the third. It will be the first time that the Spanish F4 is racing on the Jarama racetrack, which will make for an extra bit of competition to see who will understand the track the fastest. The circuit has one long main straight and further consists of many short and twisty corners. It has a length of 3850 meters and a total of fourteen turns. The fastest-ever recorded lap (in the current layout) was driven by Dutchman Yelmer Buurman during the Superleague Formula in 2009.

The weekend is fully packed with three races divided over two days. The timing schedules for when to watch the races will be uploaded on our socials, as will the links to watch.

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