Dubai: Jonathan Aberdein claims inaugural F4 UAE Championship title

Dubai: Jonathan Aberdein claims inaugural F4 UAE Championship title
F4UAE_Round5_Race Start

F4UAE Round5 Race Start

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 13, 2017 – South African Jonathan Aberdein has officially claimed the inaugural Formula 4 UAE Championship title for Team Motopark, while the action-filled final round at Yas Marina Circuit also welcomed new faces to the podium.

Amassing 14 race wins and two other podium finishes, Aberdein (#21) had been the standout driver of the season and lead the championship standings from the get-go, but not without strong competition from teammate Logan Sargeant (#23). Sargeant finished second outright in the championship thanks to his 15 race podiums, took home Rookie Champion honours, and also helped Team Motopark seal the Teams Champion title for the 2016/17 season.

Having been a rookie in last year’s ADAC Formel 4 Championship in Germany, Aberdein says that winning his first open-wheeler title in the UAE has been the perfect preparation to chase his first European title this coming season.

“F4UAE has been a really successful championship for me and all the experience I’ve gained in the last six months has definitely made me a better driver,” said Aberdein.

“I’ve had some good competition from Logan especially, but overall the competitiveness of the championship has been really strong in the last few events and it’s been more challenging to get the wins. I’m going to be racing a few of the other drivers again in Europe but there’s no reason why I can’t be up the front fighting for the German F4 title this year after all the success I’ve had here in the Middle East.”

Dubai-based Sean Babington (#4) from Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team – a race winner last event – took third place honours in the title fight and was the highest-finishing local driver this season. While the QMMF F4 Team’s Ahmad Al Muhannadi (#22) won the Best Performing GCC Driver of the season while also finishing an impressive fourth place outright in the championship points.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE and Emirates Motor Sports Federation, congratulated the championship’s inaugural winners.
“Congratulations to Jonathan for a very strong performance this year and winning the first F4UAE Championship,” said Ben Sulayem. “All of our teams and drivers have improved more than we could expect and they have contributed to making F4UAE the championship that we hope all of the future champions will come to race. We are very proud of all of the winners but I also would like to congratulate the QMMF for being the champion GCC team. We look forward to another great season starting at the end of the year.”

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Round 5 of the 2016/17 season was held at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the Home of F4UAE, with Races 15 to 18 being run on the 2.345km South Circuit configuration.

The final round saw three new drivers join the grid, with Renault Sport Academy driver Sun Yue Yang from China joining Dragon F4, Leonard Hoogenboom from the Netherlands joining front-running Team Motopark, and Dubai-born Swedish racer Lucas Petersson making his circuit racing debut with the Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team.
Aberdein topped qualifying for the fifth straight round thanks to a time of 59.49 seconds. Aberdein qualified ahead of Sargeant, Rasgaira Motorsport’s Fabio Scherer (#13), Babington and Team Motopark’s Charles Weerts (#25); all clocking their fastest lap times of the weekend and the only drivers to make it inside the 59-second mark.

Race 15 saw Aberdein hold the lead and the top five qualifying drivers remained inside the top five finishing positions, except for Babington who overtook Swiss racer Scherer for third place. Aberdein’s result also gave him enough of a points lead over Sargeant to claim the title early in the weekend.

With Race 16 being reverse grid, Aberdein was able to convert a last place start into a first place finish; the last time he was able to win a reverse grid race was in Round 2 back in December last year. Ben Sulayem started from pole and was soon overtaken by Belgium racer Weerts, who was able to hold on to finish second place and best rookie – his first and only podium since joining the championship in January.  Babington again placed third.

Experienced European F4 racer Hoogenboom finished fourth for Team Motopark, while Sun Yue Yang finished his highest position of the weekend in fifth for the Dragon F4 team.

Saturday morning’s Race 17 saw a stellar fight between Aberdein and Sargeant, with Sargeant taking the chequered flag first but was relegated back to second place after stewards imposed a one-position penalty for overtaking outside track limits.

While the final 20-minute race of the season, a reverse-grid Race 18, resulted in Hoogenboom taking the victory in the closest ever finish in F4UAE history. Just 0.121 seconds separated the top three drivers, with Aberdein second and Babington third at the chequered flag, however Aberdein was given a 10-second post-race penalty for overtaking outside track limits which pushed him back to sixth place.

Team Motopark

Team Motopark seal the Teams Champion title for the 2016/17 season

Babington’s second place result was also his 11th podium finish and first race rookie honours, and Energy’s new recruit Petersson – current leader of Junior Max karting championship in the UAE – finished in third place in what was his first circuit-racing podium finish.


In the battle of the GCC competitors, QMMF F4 Team’s Ahmad Al Muhannadi (#22) and Abdulrahman Tolefat (#20) performed their best of the season with lap times now just two seconds shy of the leaders.

Despite a crash in practice, Al Muhannadi went on to win the outright GCC Nations Cup driver standings as well as being the highest finishing GCC driver in three of the four races. In Race 16, the ATCUAE’s Saif Ben Sulayem (#3) – who returned to racing duties for the final round – held his own around the faster frontrunners and took home his first GCC Nations Trophy race plate.

The end-of-season Gala Awards dinner saw the F4UAE Championship’s first award recipients recognised, plus the Drivers and Rookie champions being presented with their limited edition watches thanks to championship partner BRM Chronographes Middle East.

Two additional awards were also presented including the F4UAE Sportsmanship Award, given to the driver deemed to be exemplary in conduct and who best represented the championship and their team (voted for by F4UAE team owners and officials) and the F4UAE Spirit of F4 Award for dedication and service to the growth of the F4UAE Championship (voted for by category promoter AUH Motorsports).

Drivers Champion: Jonathan Aberdein, Team Motopark

Rookie Champion: Logan Sargeant, Team Motopark

Second place: Logan Sargeant, Team Motopark

Third Place: Sean Babington, Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team

GCC Nations Cup Champion: QMMF (the winning GCC ASN)

Best Performing GCC Driver: Ahmad Al Muhannadi, QMMF F4 Team

F4UAE Sportsmanship Award: Sean Babington, Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team

F4UAE Spirit of F4 Award: Filippa Guarna, Driven Productions (Championship Communications Manager)

The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth will now take a summer break from racing in the Middle East, with the 2017/18 Championship commencing later this year. An official calendar plus new championship developments will be announced in coming weeks.


Timo Rumpfkeil, Team Principal of Team Motopark: “We might have won a lot of open-wheel titles in Europe but a championship is a championship and this title will probably be one we remember for a long time because it’s the first F4UAE championship and it’s unique. It’s rewarding to see the team put in a lot of effort to get the cars and equipment here 4,500km from home, we’ve worked with five different driers this season who all did well and all the other teams upped their game this season as the year progressed so it wasn’t an easy win. But our guys really learnt a lot for our upcoming season now in Europe and we only have F4UAE to thank for that.”

Richard Cregan, Team Principal of Rasgaira Motorsports and engineering partner for QMMF F4 Team and ATCUAE: “It’s been great to watch our GCC drivers improve so much in their first racing championship. From being well off the pace at the beginning to now being only two seconds off the pace is incredible progress and it shows that they’ve put in the effort to really learn and take racing seriously. They’re a credit to themselves and we hope they will be motivated to keep at their racing and return next season even stronger.”

Lucas Petersson (Sweden), Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team (#4): “It’s been a big learning experience this weekend racing for my first time in a Formula 4 car or even any car for that matter. It was challenging to learn the new style of braking and using the clutch on the starts, but my lines were pretty good. I managed to push as hard as I could in that last race and we all did amazing this weekend. Sean and the whole team taught me a lot and helped me improve over the weekend and I hope to do it again.”


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8 hrs ago


That Alex Albon is so cheeky 😂 ... See Less

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Omg! I love this duo so much! Never fail to make me laugh 😂

Actually I don't Like Alex' sense of humor :/ he is imo too arrogant

Is it just me or does anybody else wanna punch max in the fuckin face as hard as u could??

Why in the hell did Merc haven't done Grill the Grid?

If he think that one is bad i wonder what he think of the rookie of the year one ! 👀

Alex very honest! I like that


Did he say Sonny Moore at 0:28?

Congrats 😎

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Alex Albon 💙

Ricardo Ruiz

While you patiently waiting for your monthly salary, others are busy earning nothing less than $500- $10000 every 48hours, Ask me how????

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Traduscalon a español

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Max might be fast but his funny level is pretty low.

"It looks Romanian" hahaha good knowledge of flags Alex!

Who win this in 2018 please?

Being a Romanian, I’m surprise that Albon know the Romania 🇷🇴 flag ☺️. Wow.

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9 hrs ago


Hang in there... fewer than 💯 days until the next race 😅 ... See Less

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Man weekends are so boring at the moment. Drive to survive needs to come out sooner than March to help this out

It was fun back in the days when we had the V8 .. It was a joy to watch the replays but now I can't stand watching any reply of this era even if it was a perfect move or something really special Please give us some noise .. I want my ears to hurt again 😅

And if Sebastian and Max have been good Saint Nic may bring them a fast car for 2020.

Odotetaan jannityksella odotus aika tuntuu pitkalta vai mita . ?? 🌲🌨🎅🎅Hyvaa joulua seka vuoden loppua . 🥂❤️❤️🍀🍀.

Super cross holds me over quite well until F1 starts back up.

It's gonna be a long winter.

It’s worse when you put it that way! 100 days...omg....nooooooooooooo!

90 days, 4 hours, 9 minutes and 30 sec to be precise...

Now that F1 has been over.

Waiting on the season to start

if V12 days yes we aka fans are eager for new seasons race but not now sadly..

With me in the competition.. Your gonna.. WIN.. 🏆❤💋

We are ready 💜😏

I know it’s not F1, but urge everyone to get on to the Bathurst 12 hour stream, starting October 21st. A real motor race with overtaking. It might get you through to the start of the next F1 season.

Hang in there Tom, it’ll be back soon!!

Racing denotes some sort of competition is involved.

Can't wait!

It's not that long.

Waiting for this.. 👍🏻 👍🏻 👏🏻 🏁🏁🏎️🏎️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Non vediamo l'ora che comincia grand premio, speriamo che sia spettacolare come finale 2019...

100 days never seemed longer

Race ever day.

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Can’t wait 😆

Can't wait.

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10 hrs ago


🥁 And the winner is... (as voted by F1 fans) ... See Less

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Funny how fans were whingeing about the state of F1 in early 2019, saying it's boring and a procession...Soon as they said that, boom! We have a season on our hands. A season to enjoy, with some of the best overtakes I've ever seen, in my 34 full years of F1 watching! Wow!

I'm surprised that Leclercs move on Gasly at Silverstone isn't included in this list. I don't think I've ever seen an overtake around the outside of Village. Pretty impressive, as far as I am concerned.

Would you look at that F1, the FIAs "Action of the Year" nowhere to be seen as anyone with an ounce of credibility knows that was an overtake off the circuit.

Sainz at Brazil should’ve been #1

Seriously how Max got "Action of the year" with that move I'll never know.... Way more impressive moves this year than that!

Lec overtake impossible Ver overtake very difficult and very beautiful but possible ! For me Lec P1 Ver P2

The number 1 is one of the easiest move, it's number 1 just 'cause crytappen done it. In the same footage, 20 meters behind, there is a more gutsy move made by his team-mate Albon on the (most powerful on straights) Ferrari of Vettel. That shows once again that "voted by fan" means s**t. Most of them can't even understand the basis of motorsport.

I liked the double overtake of Verstappen on LeClerc and Hamilton in Brazil the most. Such confidence and determinatiom and Senna-esque going for the gap. That’s what makes Max brilliant

The overtake of Verstappen to Leclerc in Austria is not a good overtake, was an ilegal overtake!

Passing on the grass is always tricky. A bit too much throttle either on the grass or when regaining the track and you're not going to have a good day. Much as I'm not a fan of Leclerc, I do have to say where he passed in Monaco was tricky and took some skill. I think that Norris' double pass in COTA should've been in this top ten.

Everything that F1 does here is to find a way to sell Max as an phenomenon. It sucks .... no credibility at all.

Max's overtake on Hamilton is exactly like Montoya to Schumacher at the same place in a GP of Brazil..

Where is Hamilton on Vettel in Bahrain?? And Albon on Ricciardo at Spa!!?

An overtaking package without a single highlight from Ricciardo. Sums up Renault's season perfectly.

No.4 Bottas passed Hamilton on the next corner, where no one had passed before. It was great move!

P7 was not overtaking. It was forcing out of the track and causing a collison

And Sainz in Mónaco overtakes kvyat?

Number 4 Bottas repasted Hamilton into Cops corner that should be in the top 10, not often we have cars wheel too wheel into the corner it was fantastic racing from both drivers !!! 🤙

The best overtake for me is Leclerc on Gasly in Silverston

Sainz last lap overtake that secured the point för the 6th Palace in the Championship

6 years of Boring Parades.....F1 used to actually race before the Engineering Exercise.

That Max pass on Leclerc was anything but clean or graceful. Shoulda left a little more room outside.

To vote overtake moves check tyre wear and strategy cause a Williams can send one outside of Merc if tyres are worn differently......

how was sainz 3rd and not first? that was brave and crazily tight to overtake there....

Why Leclerc got 2 best overtake? I’ve never seen overtaking at that part of the track in this decade.

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11 hrs ago


Round 2 in Ausin provided drama that nobody expected! 😱

Take a look back at the first moments of the #AmericasGP! 🇺🇸

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MM side to side transitions down through the esses is so much quicker than everyone else! Also he brakes so much harder and later than anyone coming into 12 it’s unreal to watch in person!

That turn 1 is so amazing.

it was actually round 3....but who's counting....

First race I went to ❤️

Who wrote this a child sloppy

Austin not 'Ausin' 😂 Round 3 not 2 😂 I think MotoGP is drunk

Cant spell Austin

Where’s Ausin? Is that near Austin?

Vr 46 😍

who won..??

Round 3 in Austin

What drama? 🤷‍♂️

Where is Ausin?

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Wasn't Austin* round 3?

that race..??

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Marc Marquez ❤❤

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Forza VR46 ❤

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12 hrs ago


A first every Álex Rins/493142754078013">#MotoGP victory for Álex Rins! 🏆

His victory back at the #AmericasGP will go down in the history books! 👏
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Rossi has perfected diving in too late and hot, then running way wide. You'd think he'd know better by now.

rossi should kick rins. so he can win this race. 🤐


S U Z U K Ingggggg 💪💪💪👏👏👏🦾🦾

Young riders to win 😎

I was there😁

Boa. Parabéns




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18 hrs ago


Maiden winners at the Marc Márquez17">#AmericasGPMaverick Viñalesf="https://facebooÁlex Rins142754078013">#MotoGP ➡️ Marc Márquez 🏆
2014 #Moto2 ➡️ Maverick Viñales 🏆
2013 #Moto3 ➡️ Álex Rins 🏆
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2013 AmericasGP marquez: new bike, new track, fast to adapt

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Of course a choose Vin also...

Always.... Marc...

First is always special ❣️❣️❣️

Always Marc 💪🏻💪🏻🇳🇵🇳🇵

Miss you dani😭😭

Marc ❤

The first sign of the alien existed


MM93 forewer

Keliatan beda kelas antara marc dgn alex and vina

Always boring rider and boring titles from marq marquez

Babang dani 😍


Hallo ich bin Martin 😀

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