Visitors and teams were astonished as they entered the paddock in Belgium: the operators of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps have undertaken extensive renovation work. While the layout of the current Formula 1 circuit remains unchanged, changes have been made around it.
For example, many asphalt run-off zones have had to make way for gravel beds. The background behind this move: more events on two wheels are planned for the circuit. Furthermore, an imposing grandstand now towers over the exit from the famous Raidillon passage, offering the best possible view of the 7.004-kilometre circuit.
As well as innovations on the track, there were also briefly new trophies, much to the surprise of everyone: An Italian trophy maker mixed up the trophies for ADAC Formula 4 and the Superbike World Championship. Series coordinator Sebastian Tietz was astonished when he opened the package. The two series ultimately swapped the trophies, so that the winners did eventually receive their own spoils. The Superbike World Championship was in Assen (Netherlands) at the weekend.
Double programme for F4 teams
Prema Racing dominated the opening round of this season’s ADAC Formula 4, winning all three races at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Andrea Kimi Antonelli (Italy) triumphed in both races on Saturday, before rookie Rafael Camara (Brazil) claimed his maiden victory in ADAC Formula 4 on Sunday. The Prema duo leads the championship after the first weekend of the season. 15-year-old Antonelli has 62 points, just one more than his 16-year-old team-mate Camara.
However, the team was not only successful at Spa-Francorchamps, but also in Imola: Prema Racing also lined up in F2 and F3 on the support programme for Formula 1. Jehan Daruvala (India) finished in the top three in Formula 2, while Jak Crawford took his place on the podium after both Formula 3 races. The American finished runner-up in the ADAC championship in 2020.
Jenzer Motorsport also fielded three cars in ADAC Formula 4 and Formula 3. Rasmus Joutsimies (Finland), Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (Thailand) and Samir Ben (Switzerland) are at the wheel in the ADAC’s junior series in 2022. And they are enjoying success: Jenzer and Joutsimies ended Sunday’s race in the top ten of the overall standings and third in the Rookie competition at the legendary Ardennes Rollercoaster.