Jean-Eric Vergne, Charles Pic, Norman Nato, Pierre Gasly... Do these names ring a bell? Like more than 550 other drivers, they have made their single-seater debut with Auto Sport Academy, the FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) training centre. You can still enrol for the 2012 season.
Organised by the Auto Sport Academy, the French F4 Championship is open to candidates born between 1st January 1989 and 31st December 1997.
Cost of the 2012 season payable by the driver:
> 50,000 euros VAT exc., 59,800 euros VAT inc.
During the French F4 Championship, you will benefit from the following services*:
- 7 meetings with 14 races (meetings of the GT Tour, Grand Prix International de Pau...) on the most beautiful tracks of Europe (Paul Ricard HTTT, Magny-Cours, Navarra...);
- Provision of a single-seater;
- Supply of official racing overalls and clothing;
- Tow gathering training sessions (official training day on the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans, data acquisition and media training, physical tests, conferences: mechanical functioning, insurances, motorsport rules, road safety, and medical tests) will be organised from 27th February to 2nd March 2012 and from 19th to 23rd March 2012.
It is also possible to purchase supplementary training days on the Bugatti circuit or on the Maison Blanche circuit of Le Mans (cost of each supplementary training day: 2.500,00 euros VAT exc., 2.990,00 euros VAT inc.). The first days are programmed on Tuesday 14th February 2012 (Bugatti), Wednesday 22nd February 2012 (Maison Blanche), Tuesday 13th March 2012 (Bugatti) and Wednesday 14th March 2012 (Bugatti).
At the end of the season, the winner will receive 100,000 euros, i.e. twice the amount he invested, in order to make access to a higher formula (usually Formula Renault 2.0) easier for him in 2013.
* The following services are not included:
- Transport, catering and accommodation costs during competition meetings;
- Insurance of the single-seater: 3,850 euros VAT inc.;
- Plan payments for material damage caused to the vehicle assigned to the driver, within the limits of the subscribed excess, for each occurrence (going off the track, accident, collision, etc.) and all the meetings of the French F4 Championship.
Anthoine Hubert, Alex Baron, both members of the "Equipe de France FFSA Karting", as well as Florian Latorre and Lucile Cypriano, drivers of the FFSA 10-15 Programme, not to mention the Briton Matthew Graham and the Finnish Ovaska Pyry, on the podium of the French round of the U18 World Championship with Anthoine Hubert, who was 3rd, have all been invited this year to test the Formula Academy single-seater. Other test days have been offered to the podium winners of the French round of the Academy Trophy: the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, the Briton Benjamin Barnicoat, and the Finnish Juhi Valtanen, as well as to the final podium winners of the French KF2 Championship: Pascal Belmaaziz, the Belgian Guillaume de Ridder, and Victor Sendin, in addition to Adeline Prudent, who won the French Female Cup. Enzo Guibbert has recently performed the test he was offered last year for his French KF2 Champion title.