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French F4 season to begin in Pau, Nogaro round moved to July

by Elliot Wood

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The 2020 French Formula 4 calendar has been adjusted in response to the global novel coronavirus pandemic and France’s preventative measures that are being introduced.

Nogaro, which was due to hold the season opener on April 12/13, has had its F4 date rescheduled to July 10-12.

That means the Pau street circuit is now due to be the opening date for racing on May 23/24, and roughly confirms that the other races on the timetable for that weekend – including Euroformula’s title-billing Pau Grand Prix – will go ahead as planned.

With no word on cancellation of events in France prior to Pau, it also indicates that Formula Renault Eurocup’s pre-season test at Paul Ricard at the end of March, and the shared bill for the Euroformula, Formula Regional European Championship and Spanish F4 season openers a month later at the circuit will go ahead as planned – despite French government advice.

FREC has also gained another team for its second season, with top club Formula 3 team Monolite Racing planning to enter with two cars. The FIA Central European Zone F3 title-winning team will start the season with one car, before expanding to two mid-season. Two-time CEZ F3 champion Andrea Cola will be the team’s first signing.

Other series that are expected to announce further COVID-19 cancellations include Formula 2 and FIA F3 Championship, which have already forgone their Bahrain season opener and are set to skip races through to May at Zandvoort, Barcelona and Monaco too as a result of Formula 1’s likely postponement of its races there.