Robert De Haan, winner of this year’s FEED Racing France shootout, will make his single-seater debut in this weekend’s Italian Formula 4 finale at Monza.
The Dutch teenager will race for Van Amersfoort Racing, in what will be the final ever weekend of use of the current F4 chassis in the Italian championship before it adopts the halo-shod second-generation car next year.
De Haan raced in entry-level sportscar championship Ginetta Junior this year after winning its series scholarship, and came fourth in the standings with three wins.
“Happy to announce that I will be racing with Van Amersfoort Racing this weekend at Monza,” said De Haan. “Thanks FEED Racing for making this possible.”
He will race full-time in a European F4 series next year in a paid-for seat off the back of his FEED Racing shootout win, although which series that will be is yet to be announced.
Returning to the Italian F4 this weekend is Maceo Capietto, who recently same second in the French F4 championship after being excluded from the final round following a collision with title rival Esteban Masson.
He will race for Prema, following up his appearance with the team – for which his dad Guillaume is a team manager and engineer for in Formula 2 – at Imola where he claimed a best finish of 13th.
“Too inexperienced for Formula Regional European Championship in our opinion,” the younger Capietto said on why he was doing another Italian F4 round. “A year in Italian F4 against the best drivers is the greatest option in our opinion. You never do a year to much, but by going too fast you can end a career.”
Despite signing with R-ace GP to compete in Italian F4, British F4 podium-finisher Marcos Flack will make his series debut at Monza with Cram Motorsport. The team has also signed Rocco Mazzola for the season finale, with the youngster coming over from the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship where he came sixth in his rookie season after graduating from karts.