Emerson Fittipaldi jr. and Brando Badoer to make their ADAC Formula 4 debuts in Hockenheim

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Emerson Fittipaldi jr. and Brando Badoer to make their ADAC Formula 4 debuts in Hockenheim

The 2022 ADAC Formula 4 season is picking up pace: From 13th to 15th May, the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg hosts the second race weekend of the 2022 ADAC Formula 4 season. A total of 21 drivers from 15 different countries will make for a large and international field. The new, 180-hp Formula 4 car is set for its first competitive outing in Germany, having made its race debut at the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. All of the races featuring the stars of tomorrow are streamed live and free of charge at adac.de/motorsport and motorsport.tv. Emerson Fittipaldi jr. (BRA) and Brando Badoer (ITA) will add some genuine Formula 1 flair to the youth series: Fittipaldi jr. Is the son of two-time F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Badoer’s father, Luca Badoer, also drove in the pinnacle of motor racing. The duo lines up for Van Amersfoort Racing.

The 2021 championship-winning team will enter the fray for the first time in Hockenheim. Last season, Frits van Amersfoort’s team did the treble: Driver, Rookie and Team titles. The Dutch travel to the 4.574-kilometre circuit with a high-quality line-up. Like his father, 15-year-old Fittipaldi jr. has his sights set on Formula 1, and he is not only following in his dad’s footsteps: Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA), grandson of the F1 champion, also raced in ADAC Formula 4 and finished third in the 2018 season.

15-year-old Badoer is another big name in the Van Amersfoort Racing ranks. His father Luca Badoer can list Grand Prix starts for iconic racing team Ferrari among his achievements. Arias Deukmedjian (17/USA), Martinius Stenshorne (16/NOR) and Jules Castro (18/BEL) occupy the remaining seats at Van Amersfoort Racing. Charlie Wurz (17/AUT/Prema Racing) is another son of a former Formula 1 driver who starts in ADAC Formula 4, as his father Alex Wurz also raced in the pinnacle of motor racing.

After three races, the Drivers’ Championship currently looks like an exciting two-way battle. Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA/Prema Racing) leads ADAC Formula 4 with 62 points after two victories at the opening round at Spa-Francorchamps. His team-mate Rafael Camara (17) trails the 15-year-old by just one point. Camara is also on course for the title in the Rookie competition: With 75 points to his name, the Brazilian occupies the top spot ahead of Rasmus Joutsimies (19/FIN/Jenzer Motorsport). Prema Racing tops the Team standings after three victories at the Ardennes rollercoaster: The Italian team has 126 points and takes a 48-point lead over US Racing into the second weekend of the season. PHM Racing is third with 52 points.

For BWR Motorsport, the races at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg are a real home event: The team is based in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, roughly 36 kilometres from the former Formula 1 circuit. Team principal Erich Baumgärtner is putting his faith in a young German driver in Chris Rosenkranz (18/Baabe), with 15-year-old Italian Alfio Spina occupying the second cockpit. ADAC Formula 4 has held 31 races in Hockenheim, and the series has visited the iconic circuit near Heidelberg in every season. Like at the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps, the layout promises spectacular slipstream battles and a lot of overtaking. The last time ADAC Formula 4 travelled to the track in the Schwetzinger Hardt woodland, US Racing celebrated two victories. In Marcus Amand (16/FRA) and Nikhil Bohra (17/SIN), the team run by Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Ungar lines up with two young, international drivers in 2022.

Races four to six of the ADAC Formula 4 season will again feature on the support programme for the 24H Series. The two free practices and Qualifying 1 on Friday will give a first indication of who to look out for. Race one starts at 11:15 on Saturday. Two races take place on Sunday, at 09:15 and 13:15.

Provisional start list for ADAC Formula 4 at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg

No.

Name

Nation

Team

2

Arias Deukmedjian

USA

Van Amersfoort Racing

3

Alfio Spina

Italy

BWR Motorsport

7

Charlie Wurz

Austria

PREMA RACING SRL

12

Andrea Kimi Antonelli

Italy

PREMA RACING SRL

13

James Wharton

Australia

PREMA RACING SRL

15

Nikita Bedrin

Italy

PHM Racing

17

Emerson Fittipaldi jr.

Brazil

Van Amersfoort Racing

20

Conrad Laursen

Denmark

PREMA RACING SRL

21

Michael Sauter

Switzerland

Sauter Engineering + Design

24

Rasmus Joutsimies

Finland

Jenzer Motorsport

25

Samir Ben

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

26

Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi

Thailand

Jenzer Motorsport

33

Brando Badoer

Italy

Van Amersfoort Racing

34

Martinius Stenshorne

Norway

Van Amersfoort Racing

41

Jonas Ried

Germany

PHM Racing

44

Nikhil Bohra

Singapore

US Racing 

52

Marcus Amand

France

US Racing 

77

Taylor Barnard

Great Britain

PHM Racing

88

Rafael Camara

Brazil

PREMA RACING SRL

89

Chris Rosenkranz

Germany

BWR Motorsport

96

Jules Castro

Belgium

Van Amersfoort Racing

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