Fresh from winning the Italian F4 Championship’s Rookie Cup title, Petr Ptacek Jr will make his ADAC F4 Championship debut at Hockenheim this weekend (21-23 September).
Joining the grid for the German series’ final round will give the 15-year-old an opportunity to test himself on another new track and against a grid of unfamiliar drivers.
Petr will race for the US Racing-CHRS team – a collaboration between US Racing and race-winning Formula Two team Charouz Racing System – this weekend. The squad is one of the form teams in the series after guiding Lirim Zendeli to the 2018 drivers’ title.
Petr is keen to enjoy his first racing experience in the ADAC F4 series, having achieved his main target of winning the Italian Rookie Cup with three races to spare.
“I feel like my main job is done now so I want to enjoy every moment I get on track,” the Corum Watches-backed driver explained. “I can now finish the season in a more fun way and not feel like ‘I need to do this’, or ‘I need to do that’.”
A series of positive results could help Petr’s new team secure the ADAC F4 Teams’ Championship for the first time. But the youngster is aware of the tough challenge he will face as he goes head-to-head with a grid of unknown drivers.
He said: “Teams like Van Amersfoort and my team, US Racing-CHRS, don’t compete in Italy so they have drivers I’ve never raced with before. It’s an added challenge for me because I don’t know how they’ll react to certain situations.
“If you’re battling them do they get nervous and do they make mistakes? It is a big unknown to deal with.”
One aspect of the weekend Petr will be familiar with is the Tatuus-Abarth F4 car that is used in Germany as well as Italy. He hopes his knowledge of the car will help as he bids to put his limited testing experience at the 4.6km Hockenheim circuit into practice.
“I think in qualifying it is going to be difficult to find the correct space to the guy in front to get the best slipstream,” he said. “But then I can’t be too close in certain sections because that could compromise my lap. It’s going to be tricky.”
Petr will tackle three races in Germany this weekend. The first two are on Saturday with the final race on Sunday.