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Italian F4 returns to Paul Ricard, Spanish F4 goes back to Estoril in 2023

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

The 2023 calendars for the Italian and Spanish Formula 4 championships have been revealed, with big changes to the international aspect of their schedules.

Italian F4 raced exclusively within the borders of Italy from 2014 to 2017, then for its fifth season it added a round at France’s Paul Ricard circuit.

That was dropped in favour of visits to the Hungaroring and Red Bull Ring in 2019, and the Austrian venue has remained on the calendar since. However it is dropped for 2023, with Italian F4 instead going to Paul Ricard for the first time in two years.

Next season will kick off at Imola on April 21-23, then round two is provisionally down to take place at Misano on May 5-7.

Having joined the calendar this year, Spa-Francorchamps remains on the schedule and hosts the championship on May 26-28.

Monza is up next on June 23-25, then Paul Ricard appears on July 21-23. After the summer break the series concludes with races at Mugello (September 29-October 1) and Vallelunga (October 13-15).

It is understood that the Imola, Paul Ricard and Mugello rounds could be on the Formula Regional European Championship support bill. FREC’s provisional calendar has been shown to teams but is yet to be finalised.

The final versions of the FREC and Italian F4 calendars will be settled in December, and there are big changes from the previous provisional calendar which was distributed publicly by F4’s promoter WSK just two days before series organiser ACI released the current one.

Vallelunga had been down for a May date, Misano was due to host the series in June on the days that Monza now occupies, and Italian Grand Prix venue Monza was to appear in September on the third or fourth weekend of the month.

For the second time in three years, the Spanish F4 season will start at Spa in 2023. The Belgian track joined the calendar in 2021 as the season opener, and also appeared on the schedule this year alongside Algarve as international rounds. Next year it will host Spanish F4 on May 5-7.

The series then heads to Motorland Aragon (May 26-28) and Navarra (June 23-25), before a big break that leads into a busy end of season.

Jerez hosts round four on September 22-24, and a week later the series heads to Portugal. Algarve has been swapped out though, with Estoril appearing on the calendar for the first time since 2017 in its place.

After that are the final two rounds at Valencia (October 20-22) and Barcelona (November 10-12).