Honda’s Red Bull junior Souta Arao will be contending for the French Formula 4 in the last round of 2022
The French Formula 4 championship reaches its conclusion this weekend, with the seventh round of the 2022 season taking place at French Grand Prix venue Circuit Paul Ricard.
Honda Racing School (HRS) scholars Souta Arao and Yuto Nomura, representing Honda's young driver development programme Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) and the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, will be on the grid and looking to end their first racing campaign in Europe on a high.
Arao, 16, is in contention to become the second Honda junior driver to win the French F4 title, following Ayumu Iwasa in 2020. After 18 of 21 races, Arao has scored 183 points, won one race on the streets of Pau and claimed a pole position in his rookie year in single-seater racing.
To become champion, he needs to win all three races this weekend, claim three additional points for pole positions and fastest laps and have the two drivers ahead of him in the championship standings have points-free or low-scoring races.
His HFDP stablemate Nomura, also 16, has won two races this year already and is currently sixth in the points table. He will be looking to end the season in the top five, and along with Arao has been preparing for his final F4 event of the year with testing at Paul Ricard and circuit learning on simulators too.
Free practice and qualifying will be on Friday, with the first of the potentially title-deciding races on the 5.842-kilometre track taking place on Friday at 11:50 and 16:15 local time (CEST). The final race of the season begins at 10:10 on Sunday.