Aqil Alibhai completes Virtuosi Racing 2023 British F4 line-up
The 16-year-old South African driver is Virtuosi’s third and final signing for 2023, joining Douwe Dedecker and Kai Daryanani. Virtuosi Racing will run three cars for the first time in 2023, having competed with two cars in their debut F4 season in 2022.
Alibhai will make the step up to single seaters full-time on the back of an impressive karting career, in which he won the 2019 Rotax African Open Championship. In addition to his karting achievements, Alibhai has also competed in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship since 2021. He finished sixth in 2022 with five podiums, one pole position and a fastest lap. Following this success, he made his single seater debut in the 2022 GB4 Championship season finale.
Mark Salmon, Virtuosi Racing:
“We are proud to welcome Aqil into the Virtuosi team for the 2023 British F4 Championship. He had a good season in Ginetta Juniors last year and we aim to provide him with the support and experience he needs to continue that positive trajectory as he takes on his first full season in single seaters. We’re already prepping for the championship ahead and testing has been going great so we’re looking forward to it.”
“I’m proud to confirm my 2023 ROKiT British F4 certified by FIA programme with Virtuosi. Testing with the team has been seamless and I felt comfortable right away. I can’t wait to see the South African flag represented in such a prestigious championship. Bring on the first round!”