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- Updated: September 30, 2017
A peculiar incident at the Formula 4 South East Asia championship that was held in between the Formula One practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday saw every driver forced to retire from one of their Malaysian Grand Prix support races due to a major blip from the organisers.
All nine drivers who took part in race three of the weekend ran out of fuel having completed less than six of the eight laps scheduled. Eventually, the tainted event was won by Singapore’s Danial Frost.
The F4 SEA series was scheduled to run the first six races of its 2017 season during the grand prix weekend. However, things did not get off to the best of starts as the first race was cancelled as a broken drain cover was repaired on the track following F1’s second practice session.
Races one, two and three were run prior to F1’s final practice session.
As the third race was set to begin 20 minutes after the second, the organisers decided to put extra fuel in the cars before the start of race two.
“I apologise unreservedly for the results of race three,” said Asian Autosport Action chairman Peter Thompson.
“With races two and three back-to-back and without the possibility to top up, we filled the cars for both races before the start of race two. However we miscalculated the requirements. As we are a one-team championship all the drivers were unfortunately affected.”
Daniel Cao of China won the first two races of the F4 SEA races. The two remaining events will be run prior to Sunday’s Grand Prix.