Formula 4: Rosberg and Montoya Academy in ADAC F4. VAR with four drivers!
The starting field for the German F4 Championship is starting to take shape and promises to be an exciting seventh season. 15-year-old Sebastian Montoya will compete in select races in the ADAC F4 Championship alongside teammate Hamda Al Qubaisi (18 / UAE), just like last year this season. The new BWR team, led by former Rosberg engineer Eric Baumgartner, works closely with the former world champion. Team Nico Rosberg now has two drivers, as does Team Van Amersfoort Racing, which has up to four drivers.
His father’s genes. Sebastian Montoya led very little heart last year. This needs to be refined.
Text and images Willem J. Staat
Rosberg Academy Montoya in DAAC F4
Prima captain Angelo Rosen is looking forward to Montoya Junior’s return. “He has a lot of potential and we can’t wait to see how he develops next season. For Hamda Al Qabbasi, 18, that means her second season in Formula Car racing. Her father Al Qubaisi raced long distances. Competitions and her older sister Amna Al Qabbasi is also active in seat racing. The one and is part of the Abu Dhabi racing program.
Hamda Al Qubaisi follows in the footsteps of her father.
Angelo Rosen: “It’s great to welcome Hamda to our team in 2021. We’ve also worked with her in the past and it was a very positive experience. She really has a lot of passion for motorsport.”
BWR with Catalano and Barnard
The new BWR team working closely with Nico Rosberg now has Kart World Champion Taylor Barnard (UK) and Valentino Catalano (15, Jamesheim), last year a junior champ in the French F4 Championship. Team owner Eric Baumgartner: “Valentino is going to be very valuable this year.” Baumgartner has coached many big names like Gary Buffett in the past.
Oliver Berman. Last year at US Racing (here in Hockenheim). This season is in VAR.
VAR with four contestants
Van Amersfoort Racing welcomes four drivers, Nikita Pedrin (16, Russia), Joshua Dovic (16 Austria / Switzerland), Pence Valente (16, Hungary) and Britain’s Oliver Berman (15), who were active in the US race last year. In addition to Bearman, the top three contestants will also start with VAR technology in the Italian championship. Rob Nissink: “This is one of the most competitive Junior chains for young people in the automotive world. This combination is the perfect move.”
Calendar for 2021
24.04. 25.04.2021 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (ADAC Racing Weekend)
11.06. – 13.06.2021 Red Bull Ring / A (ADAC GT Masters)
09.07. – 11.07.2021 CM.com Zandvoort / NL (ADAC GT Masters)
06.08. 08.08.2021 Nürburgring (ADAC GT Masters)
18.09. 19.09.2021 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (ADAC Racing Weekend)
01.10. 03.10.2021 Sachsenring (ADAC GT Masters)
10/22 – 24.10.2021 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (ADAC GT Masters)