ADAC Formel 4 

ADAC Formel 4·11.11.2020

Tales from the paddock at Oschersleben: Title drama, precision landing and outlook for 2021

Historic: This scrap, the battle for the title between Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford, was the main feature of the season and reached its climax at Oschersleben. After three dramatic races, Edgar was finally two points ahead. The gap at the end of the ADAC Formula 4 season has never been this close before. Jüri Vips held the record previously for winning the title by the narrowest of margins after finishing 3.5 points up in 2017. "I tried to drive consistently," said new champion Edgar. "The first half of my season was really good but then I was unlucky on a couple of occasions." Still, Lady Luck smiled on him again just in time for the final round.

It's the tradition: With his overall win, Edgar also reinstated an ADAC Formula 4 tradition. Starting with the inaugural season in 2015 through to 2018, the driver who finished ahead in the first race has always gone on to win the title. That remained the case until last year when the eventual champion, Theo Pourchaire, started the season with a P5 finish. Apparently, it was just a one-off, because Edgar is now continuing the tradition from the first few years. He won a total of six races.

Precision landing: Perfect timing by Tim Tramnitz! The 15-year-old ADAC Sports Foundation protégé from Hamburg had already clinched the Rookie title earlier at the Lausitzring and took his maiden victory in formula racing at Oschersleben in the final race of the season. "That's mega, I'm obviously delighted," said Tramnitz: "I've been working towards it all year, and things finally worked out for me in the last race." Actually, he owed a mistake made in the second race for his amazing finish. After a weak start, he worked his way up into P8 and pole position for Race 3. Another precision landing!

What a relief!: All good things come in five in the Netherlands, at least as far as Amersfoort Racing are concerned. After finishing championship runners-up four times, the Dutch outfit won the ADAC Formula 4 team title for the first time this year. The talent factory, for which Jos and Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have lined up in the past but in other series, dominated the season with Edgar and Crawford. Eleven victories and only four races without a Van Amersfoort driver on the podium - results that speak volumes. "I can only congratulate the team," said Team Manager Peter van Erp. "The year has not been an easy one for various reasons. This is a really remarkable achievement."

Weather: A grand finale in November? Well, it just had to be because of the race calendar necessitated by the Corona pandemic. However, concerns that snow might fall proved unfounded. Rather the opposite. The weather stayed fine for the finale, and the sun even shone for long periods. So the snow chains remained in the garage, and instead, there was a golden glow to round off a character building year.

The outlook: The 2020 season may be over, but the coming year has already cast its shadow, because the ADAC presented the 2021 race calendars for all of its series during this final weekend. There will be seven race weekends in the ADAC Formula 4 as usual next year - all of them under the banner of the ADAC GT Masters. The season will start in mid-May at Oschersleben and end five months later at Hockenheim. Also, the ADAC High-Speed Academy will maintain the status quo with the same technical regulations and continue with tyre supplier Pirelli. Moreover, in order to facilitate planning, the ADAC Formula 4 will work closely with its Italian counterpart and organise the race calendar in such a way that the young talents will be able to contest both series.