The wait is over. GRS Team is already in Belgium to race in the 2021 Formula 4 Spanish Championship season. The team faces its third full season on the series with a very special season opener event as the championship will visit Spa-Francorchamps for the first time in its history.
GRS will therefore return to the legendary Belgian circuit where it previously raced in 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup. In add to that, F4 Spanish Championship will race as part of a World Endurance Championship (WEC), which also holds its season opener in Spa.
Spa-Francorchamps is a 7,004-kilometre track with 20 corners. It is the longest track on the season schedule and one of the three that hold a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Spa is located in a unique landscape within the Ardennes forest, which makes it one of the mots iconic venues in motorsport. The layout is demanding for drivers, with several elevation changes including the legendary Eau Rouge.
Since its debut in 2018, GRS has proved to be a competitive, professional structure. The team is capable of providing drivers with the necessary equipment to progress on their racing careers; and has had the pace to fight against bigger structures that race in higher series. In 2021, GRS faces a new challenge, battling with a highly talented grid, with more than 25 drivers. Keeping the level of performance shown last year will be the main goal for the upcoming season.
On this season, the team will line-up Vladislav Ryabov. The 15-year old Russian driver will make his single-seater racing debut after an extensive pre-season testing programme with GRS. Ryabov already knows Spa Circuit as collective pre-season tests were held there. His progression during the last months has been positive and he is more than ready for the start of the season.
As usual, F4 Spanish Championship season will consist in seven rounds. After the first event in Spa, the championship will race in six of the main circuits in the Iberian Peninsula, five of them in Spain. The format will remain intact with three races per round: two will last 25 minutes and the other one will be shorter, lasting for 18 minutes.
Because of F4 racing alongside WEC’s Spa 6 Hours, the event starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday. The weekend schedule is the following one:
Thursday, April 29
Free Practice 1 – 09:05
Free Practice 2 – 12:50
Qualifying – 17:15
Friday, April 30
Race 1 – 13:15
Race 2 – 17:25
Saturday, May 1
Race 3 – 10:00