Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth: positive shakedown in Vairano for the new Formula 4

Federal School's director Raffaele Giammaria completed 120 laps of the Quattroruote's test track at the presence of the developers of the new Tatuus F4 T014. First collective test next 16 May in Adria.

Vairano di Vidigulfo (PV) 15/04/2014 – The track has given its first verdict on the newly born Tatuus F4 T014, the single seater that will compete in the Italian F.4. Championship Powered by Abarth – the only Formula 4 championship with FIA regulations – from next 8 June. It was not by chance that the the FIA responsible of regulations was present yesterday on the circuit near Pavia, and called himself impressed by the first "exit” of the newly born F.4.

Raffaele Giammaria, ACI CSAI Federal School's director completed 120 laps on the 2.5km long circuit following the scheduled programme that involved 300km at the presence of the engineers that worked to the development of the car. He commented the shakedown in this way: "I had very positive sensations at the wheel, I believe this is a formula that will suit very well youngsters coming from karting but also drivers with more experience. Despite the lack of a big aerodynamic load – according to FIA's regulations – Tatuus did a great job with the chassis and the synergy with Pirelli tires makes up for the low aero load. We already know the Abarth engine unit and, with a few bhps less it has become more gentle at low regimes but it has kept a very good progression and very good top speed. On top of that, the shift flapping paddle will allow young drivers to drive an easier car but with a type of driving that gets closer to that of higher categories."

Very good indications were also collected by the constructor Tatuus and Gianfranco De Bellis highlighted the success of the shakedown with the following words: "These FIA regulations allowed us to reach a level of safety, performance and costs that does not have equals on the market. We are very happy about this product and we cannot wait to watch the car on track during the whole season of a championship reserved to very young drivers. This is going to be a very important year for us, for FIA that launched this new product and for the Italian Federation that has been the only one accepting the challenge to start a Formula 4 championship in 2014."

Maurizio Leschiutta, Racing Manager Abarth, has been present at the shakedown of the new Formula 4 that aims to strengthen the bond among the Federation, Abarth and young drivers: "Abarth is always on the youngsters side. In these years we started several initiatives and we are now still pursuing this with the support of a open wheels series like the Italian Formula 4. The first impression has been of a top class team working at this project with Tatuus, Magneti Marelli, Autotecnica Motori and Pirelli. I am pretty sure that their efforts will give birth to a quality product that will shortly be in the hands of young talents."

The first appointment on track is set of next 16 May in Adria for collective tests, while the test scheduled in Vallelunga for the May 2nd has been postponed to July 22nd.