It has just been announced that Olli Caldwell will be taking part in selected German and Italian F4 races this year with Muecke Motorsport!
The German based team are a big name in Motorsport and were once a DTM team with Stefan Muecke and Alexandros Margaritis behind the wheel. Other championships the team has previously taken part in includes GP3, FIA F3, German F3 and Formula BMW Europe. However, in 2017 the team will be primarily focusing on Italian and German F4 along with the ADAC GT Masters series.
Although Olli won’t be competing in any full championships, the experience he’ll gain from racing in the series for his future career is huge! The Italian F4 Championship is highly competitive and previous champions of the series include Lance Stroll (F1 driver), Ralf Aron (FIA F3) and Marcos Siebert (GP3).
The championship has already been to Misano and Adria, but still has five rounds left where the series will visit Vallelunga, Mugello, Imola, Mugello and Monza! All big tracks which will see Olli racing on the same tracks the biggest championships in the World head to! On track, there is a bumper grid of 29 drivers, full of National, European and World Karting champions! The series, in its three-year history, has already provided one Formula 1 driver (Lance Stroll) so there’s no doubt one driver on the grid will go there. Big names on the 2017 entry list include Marcus Armstrong, Leonardo Lorandi, Enzo Fittipaldi and Juri Vips.
The series supports some of the biggest Italian Championships including Italian Touring Cars, Italian Gran Turismo, Porsche Carrera Cup and Italian Trofeo Abarth racing on the ACI package. There’s no doubt Olli will be racing in front of big crowds and will have plenty of coverage via the live-stream posted on the WSK Promotion YouTube channel.
Olli will also be doing selected rounds in the ADAC Formula F4 Championship, also known as German F4. Like Italian F4, the championship travels around Germany’s biggest tracks, bar one round in Austria which Olli will not be attending due to British F4 commitments.
Having already had two rounds, the circuits the championship is yet to visit include Oschersleben, Nurburgring, Sachsenring and Hockenheim. Supporting the ADAC GT Masters series, crowds of over 80,000 have been seen to flood in to watch the series in the past so Olli can expect big exposure with the series also being live-streamed (like Italian F4).
It’s only the third year the ADAC F4 Championship has been running so there’s not much history to look back on but that said the championship has had big grids with 100 drivers entering over the two seasons. Fellow Brits to give the series a go include Lando Norris (FIA F3) and Harrison Newey (FIA F3).
This year there are 26 drivers on the grid and many will be also competing in Italian F4 although a few who aren’t include Nicklas Nielsen, David Malukas and Felipe Dugovich, all big names in karting in recent years!
As difficult as the task sounds for both championships, Olli will be treating them all as learning experiences and is in very capable hands with Muecke. The team already produced one F1 World Champion in Sebastian Vettel, who won the Formula BMW ADAC Series with the team (then known as ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg in 2004). Other F1 drivers to come through the team include Sebastian Buemi, Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Hulkenberg as well as other professional racing drivers past and present in Stefano Colletti, Robert Wickens, Oliver Oakes and Henry Surtees. It was such a record that helped them land a huge sponsor in BWT for 2017. The water company also sponsors the Force India F1 Team this year and like them, Olli will also be sporting the pink livery.
Olli Caldwell “I'm really excited to be driving Italian and German F4 with Muecke Motorsport. It's going to be a great experience for me and the team has been getting strong results already this year! I'm looking forward to see what we can achieve in these very competitive championships.”
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