The FIA says it has strengthened the single-seater ladder leading to top level motorsport with the announcement that the Formula Regional European Championship (certified by FIA, organized by the national sporting authority, the Automobile Club d’Italia) is to merge with Formula Renault Eurocup to create an all-new competition – Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, certified by FIA.
The new championship will see organizer ACI, together with its commercial arm ACI Sport as promoter, partner with French sports car brand Alpine to create a single benchmark for young drivers graduating from their first experience of single-seater racing in national FIA-certified Formula 4 championships.
It will feature 10 events of two races per weekend, with three events set to take place in Italy and seven more being staged across Europe. The grid will have a maximum of 36 cars in three-car teams, with the possibility of an additional fourth in case of a female driver, and will be powered by a 1.8-liter Renault engine, feature chassis by Tatuus and Pirelli tires. New cars will be built in the racing department at the Alpine factory of Dieppe.
Stefano Domenicali, president of the FIA Single Seater Commission, commented, “This merger and the creation of the championship adds even greater focus to the FIA’s pathway to the top levels of motor racing. A consolidation of Formula Regional in Europe means that graduates from Formula 4 can learn and grow in a strongly supported, robust and, perhaps most importantly, competitive environment.”