Spanish Formula 4 has revealed that there will be more contenders in its teams’ championship next season.
Part of this is down to several of the series’ heavyweights having to enter their cars under multiple team licences rather than as a single entity consisting of four or more cars, while totally new teams have also been attracted.
The first of those is Palou Motorsport, set up this January by two-time IndyCar champion Alex Palou and his father Ramon. It made its race debut in Spain’s new Formula Regional-based Eurocup-3 series and claimed three podiums during the season. Palou is expected to field two cars in Spanish F4.
The other new entry is TC Racing, which has an even bigger name behind it as the team has been founded by Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. He has won La Liga three times, the Premier League and Copa del Rey twice and the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once during his football career so far, as well as being part of the Belgium side that came third in the 2018 World Cup.
Courtois has launched TC Racing with the help of Spanish former Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi, and Formula Scout understands former Spanish TV F1 commentator Jacobo Vega will be team principal of the two-car squad.
All nine Spanish F4 teams from 2023 will be returning, but with three teams having to split their entries. MP Motorsport will enter cars under the Karting Champions League by MP banner, with drivers coming up from the KCL to race for MP, Drivex School will have a sister DXR by Drivex team and Campos Racing will use the name of sponsor Griffin Core for the second group of entries in its fleet of cars.