Tina Hausmann announces Italian F4 debut
Swiss up-and-coming talent Tina Hausmann is set to make her debut in the Italian F4 Championship with AKM, in what will be her full-season debut in formulas.
Tina Hausmann, 16, has announced she will make her Italian F4 debut with San Marino-based team AKM for her first full-season of single seater racing. The Swiss karting prodigy has ventured in formulas towards the end of the 2022 season, as she started to test Formula 4 machinery, before making her racing debut in the Formula Winter Series in February 2023. She notably claimed a podium in her opening weekend of F4 competitions, immediately offering a glimpse of her talent behind the wheel. Hausmann started to move up the ranks of karting in the Swiss Rotax championship, first in the Mini and then Junior category. She then represented CRG Holland in the ADAC Kart Masters in Germany in 2021, in the OK class. She moved her first steps in a F4 car with a solid testing program that included two rounds of the Gedlich-promoted Formula Winter Series, where she collected a fourth and a third place finish at Jerez. Together with AKM - a team with great experience of the Italian F4 series - Hausmann continued to make steady progress in the several testing appearances, alongside most of the upcoming Italian F4 field. Among several more experienced drivers, Hausmann impressed for her pace and progression in the Tatuus T-421 car operated by AKM. "I’m very delighted to announce that I’ll be an official AKM Motorsport driver for the upcoming F4 Italian Championship", Hausmann said. "I very much look forward to continuing working with Marco Antonelli and the entire AKM Motorsport Team." "At this point I would also like to thank everyone who supported me to this point", she added. The Italian F4 championship is widely regarded as one of the most competitive junior feeder series in the world, often featuring close to 40 entries. Hausmann gave proof of holding her own in testing and to be one to watch in her rookie season. She joins Enzo Deligny, Davide Larini and Australian Griffin Peebles in the team's line up, and is the second female driver announced in the series, after Ferrari Driver Academy's Aurelia Nobels. The 2023 Italian F4 championship features a 7-event calendar, with the opening round at Imola scheduled for April 22-23. The remaining race meetings will be held at Misano, Spa Francorchamps, Monza, Le Castellet, Mugello and Vallelunga.
2023 Italian F4 Calendar
R1: Imola, Italy / 22-23 April
R2: Misano, Italy / 5-7 May
R3: Spa Francorchamps, Belgium / 26-28 May
R4: Monza, Italy / 23-25 June
R5: Circuit Paul Ricard, France / 21-23 July
R6: Mugello, Italy / 22 Sep-1 Oct
R7: Vallelunga, Italy / 13-15 October