The men and women to watch in 2024 British F4

Thursday 25 April 2024

The 2024 ROKiT F4 British Championship, certified by the FIA, is primed for another thrilling season as many of the world’s top young male and female talents seek to further their fledgling motorsport careers in a 30-race campaign commencing at Donington Park this weekend (26-28 April).   

Firmly established as one of the world’s premier junior single-seater categories, the super-competitive series is renowned as the perfect proving ground for the next generation of ambitious rising stars, hoping to emulate former champion Lando Norris. 

Last year’s title tussle was a true thriller with young Kiwi sensation Louis Sharp just pipping local hero William Macintyre to the coveted crown in final race of an epic feud.  

While both Sharp and Macintyre have maximised their achievements to graduate further up the ladder, third placed Deagen Fairclough is one of those returning to the F4 fray and the 18-year-old must start his second season as one of the red hot favourites.    

James Higgins, too, is a proven winner renewing his F4 rivalries and while Mika Abrahams is another making a determined comeback having stood on the podium in 2023. 

Abrahams hails from South Africa and is one of more than ten overseas prospects all looking to make a name for themselves in the F4 British Championship. This year’s multinational crop of hopefuls includes drivers from as far away as Australia, Canada and China (notably Mercedes Junior Team member Yuanpu Cui) as well as from throughout Europe. 

Equally significantly, the 2024 grid includes a very strong female representation underling the successful strides being made to ensure motorsport becomes more inclusive for all-comers.  

Abbi Pulling is already a member of the Alpine Academy programme and, when calendars permit, she will be combining her appearances at the Grand Prix in the F1 Academy with outings in the F4 British Championship. Chloe Chong also arrives with F1 Academy experience under her belt while Ella Lloyd switches to single seaters after notable successes racing Ginetta sportscars… as well as on skis and horseback.  

Nina Gademan is another aiming to earn her spurs in a series which now visits her home circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands – the British championship’s first venture overseas. 

The remaining nine triple-header rounds are all staged in the UK – eight of those on the prestigious nationwide BTCC bill, the other on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in mid-June.  

Inevitably most of the talent-spotting focus will be on the drivers but history relates the teams’ championship is every bit exhilarating. Rodin Motorsport has taken that accolade for the past two seasons but will be under huge pressure from Hitech Pulse-Eight, Phinsys by Arentini, Virtuosi Racing, Fortec Motorsport and other proven champion outfits in junior motorsport.    

The exciting season kicks off at Donington with qualifying and the curtain-raising race this Saturday followed swiftly by two further showdowns on Sunday.