ADAC Formel 4

ADAC Formula 4·9.9.2022

The ADAC’s talent factory provides a springboard for international drivers

Ahead of the finale of the ADAC Formula 4 season at the Nürburgring from 14th to 16th October, the title race is still open. However, one thing is already certain: the ADAC’s junior Formula series has once again proven itself to be an international series. Drivers of 21 different nationalities have lined up at the five race weekends so far.

Zachary David (15/US Racing) was responsible for a first: he became the first Philippine driver to start a race since the inaugural season back in 2015. Italy is currently the most successful nationality, with eight wins so far this season: Andrea Kimi Antonelli (16/ITA/Prema Racing) contributed seven of these, while Nikita Bedrin (16/ITA/PHM Racing) climbed onto the top step of the podium on one occasion. His British team-mate at PHM, Taylor Barnard (18), bagged a brace of wins at both the Nürburgring and the Family & Friends Festival at the Lausitzring, and currently has four victories to his name. Rafal Camara (17/Prema Racing) triumphed for Brazil, while Denmark’s Conrad Laursen (16/Prema Racing) and Australian James Wharton (16/Prema Racing) each claimed the sole victory for their respective homelands.

This year’s ADAC Formula 4 champion will come from either Italy (Antonelli) or Great Britain (Barnard). Should Barnard catch championship leader Antonelli in the final three races of the season, he would become the third British champion in a row, following in the footsteps of Oliver Bearman (2021) and Jonny Edgar (2020). Both drivers start in the Formula 3 championship this season, which features on the support programme for Formula 1.