Niklas Krütten to represent Team Germany in FIA Motorsport Games
Taking a break from the winter break! 17-year-old Niklas Krütten will line up for the first running of the FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga this weekend. The German Motor Sport Association has nominated Krütten as Germany’s representative in the Formula 4 Cup category. He will find himself back in a Formula 4 racing car for this mega event after moving up into Formula 3 in 2019 and contesting three race weekends in the Euroformula Open.
Krütten already knows the circuit near the Italian capital, having lined up in the Italian Formula 4 in 2018 and 2019, contesting two race weekends at the demanding track. And the circuit really suits the German teenager, as he proved earlier this year with best time in Q2, for example.
The event will be organised like a Formula 4 weekend with two 45-minute practice sessions on Friday and a 25-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning, during which grid positions for the qualifying race (starting at 12.20 pm) will be decided. The main race, the sporting highlight of the whole weekend for the Formula 4 drivers, will be on Sunday. Aside from the Formula 4 racing, more established drivers will go head-to-head in various classes: GT, Touring Cars, Drift, Kart Slalom and Digital (like SimRacing).
Some 20 drivers will compete for the gold medal in the Formula 4 category and pull out all the stops to make their contribution the best in the Nations Cup. Krütten will represent Team Germany, but the 19 other countries from all over the world also have some high-calibre representatives, including former opponents from his time in the German and Italian Formula 4.
What will make racing especially exciting is the fact that all 20 drivers will compete in identical vehicles serviced and maintained by Team HiTech. Outside of Formula 1, the racing car developed by KCMG is the first single-seater with a hybrid drive system. Cars will also feature the halo safety device for the first time.
Fans can watch the action live on TV or in front of their PCs with live streams on the FIA event page at fiamotorsportgames.com and on SRO’s Youtube channel (GTWorld).
Niklas Krütten: “I’m very pleased to be representing Germany in such a terrific event. Vallelunga is very enjoyable, and I’ve shown that I can be quick there on many previous occasions. I know some of the competitors from the past and am keen to see how well the others shape up. Posting the first few laps in this all-new Formula 4 car with its updated chassis, halo and hybrid engine with energy recovery is going to be mega! If I can quickly master the new technology, then I should be able to fight for top positions.”