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We asked Prema's Team Manager Rene

Rosin to draw a balance of the 2014

championship including two of its main

variables, the cars and the weekend's format.

Rosin, how do you judge the first season

of Formula 4 and the series' potential?

«Regarding the F.4 car, the program really

started at the last minute. It al begun from

the FIA and the development by Tatuus was

phenomenal as they respected the quality

standard at a very sensible price. Only a few

developmental championships can match

that. It's a perfect learning car. The FIA

required to respect some strict aero and

safety parameters, so of course it's a large

and heavy car, but it enabled the drivers to

make their way to open‐wheel competition.

As happened with Lance Stroll, who moved

to Formula 3 without any gap in terms of

adaptation despite the much powerful car.

And this is definitely an element we must

credit Tatuus for».

The F.4 Tatuus adapted well to the Pirelli


«Yes and it has been a positive surprise

because Pirelli had been out of the so‐called

"minor" developmental formulas for a while.

They built a type of tire that enables the

drivers to learn, it's long‐lasting and has

constant performance. And that was

probably the reason why it was chosen in

Germany, alongside the Tatuus cars, for the

local F.4 series».

Is it possible to compare the F.Renault

Tatuus to the F.4 car?

«The principles are the same. The Renault

and Abarth engines are quite different, of

course, then the F.Renault requires a slightly

different drive that doesn't fit with Formula

3. The rear moves around a lot, and it's

unstable under braking. The F.Renault is a

great car too, but it's something that Tatuus

had to convert from a different technical


What do you think of the three‐race


«The FIA did the same choice of Formula 3.

Personally, I agree with the three‐race

formula because it allows the drivers more

running time. I'm against the grid inversion.

I understand the needs of the drivers who

haven't qualified in the front few rows, but I

don't like it as a learning experience. In

addition to that, since F.4 was created for

drivers coming from kart racing, I know for

experience that with the qualifying sessions

being so close if a young kid messes up the

first one, he will probably do it in the second

too. That's the reason why F.3 changed. We

aren't in GP2 and GP3, we are fielding 15‐

year‐old drivers that are obviously more

likely to make mistakes».

Would you introduce rounds outside


«No, the championship must remain strictly

national because it's entered by 15‐year‐old

drivers. Then if a team has the chance to run

races in another championship, why not? Of

course, it's best if the car is similar, like for

example in the German series that runs on

top circuits like Spa, Nurburgring and

Hockenheim. These must not become

international championships. The costs must

be kept down, but testing should be free

because somebody will eventually try to go

around the limitation anyway and problems

and polemics would soon arise. In a

developmental series, a young driver must be

allowed to drive as much as he can».

What is your opinion on a well‐renowned

driver like Lance Stroll?

«Stroll started driving with us last year in a

series of F.Renault tests when he had just

turned 15. Then the F.4 started. He entered

the Florida Winter Series with us, fighting

with much more experienced drivers like

Fuoco, Marciello and Verstappen, and

immediately put together some top‐class

performances. He's a really competitive guy,

and motivation is key for him. He has great

skills, and his karting career is a proof of

that. He's growing, but he's not there yet and

the Formula 3 will be really useful for him in

terms of development».


“Three races are ok,

but the qualifications

with the reverse grid aren't”