Formula Abarth (formerly known as Formula Azzurra) was an open wheel racing series based in Italy and Europe (since the 2011 season). Held since 2005, it is aimed at karting graduates, like the Formula Ford, French F4 Championship and ADAC Formel Masters.
During 2008 and 2009 the main Formula Azzurra category has been known as the Trofeo Alboreto. For 2010, Abarth have committed to a five-year initiative that will see the series being renamed Formula Abarth.
After the success of 2010 season, in which competed international drivers and teams, a new European series has been created with a prize offered in collaboration with Ferrari Driver Academy.
In 2014, the Formula Abarth was replaced by the Italian Formula 4 Championship.
- Formula Abarth rewards titles with different classifications according to the following championships:
|Europe||Formula Abarth European Series||For drivers between 15 and 21 years old who have not already competed in any national and international F.3 championship or higher series †|
|Formula Abarth European Series for TEAM||For Teams holding a valid licence for the current season, whose drivers compete in the Formula Abarth European Series for drivers
|Italy||Formula ACI/CSAI Abarth Italian Championship||For drivers between 15 and 19 years old who have not already competed in any national and international F.3 championship or higher series †|
|Formula ACI/CSAI Abarth National Trophy||For drivers between 20 and 23 years old who have not already competed in any national and international F.3 championship or higher series †|
|Formula ACI/CSAI Abarth National Trophy for TEAM||For Teams holding a valid licence for the current season, whose drivers compete in the Italian Championship
† The series promoter reserves the right to evaluate single applications
Free practice sessions will be conducted on specific dates during weeks preceding the race.
The qualifying session lasts 30 minutes in a unique or multiple turn and decides the grid order for the first race which has a duration of 28 minutes + 1 lap.
The second race lasts 28 minutes + 1 lap and the grid is decided by the qualifying session with top 8 being reversed, so the driver who started 8th on 1st race will start from pole position and the pole sitter will start from 8th place.
- Pole for first and third race: 1 point (not for National Trophy drivers)
- Fastest lap: 1 point in each race (not for National Trophy drivers)
- Formula Azzurra
All teams and drivers were Italian-registered.
|Davide Rigon||Europa Corse|
|Salvatore Cicatelli||PKF Racing|
|Edoardo Liberati||MG Motorsport|
|Alberto Cerqui||MG Motorsport|
- Formula Abarth
|Season||Champion||Second||Third||Team Champion||Secondary Class Champion|
|2010||Brandon Maïsano||Patric Niederhauser||Raffaele Marciello||Prema Junior||N: Simone Iaquinta|
|2011||I: Patric Niederhauser||Sergey Sirotkin||Michael Heche||Jenzer Motorsport||N: Yoshitaka Kuroda|
|E: Sergey Sirotkin||Patric Niederhauser||Michael Heche||Jenzer Motorsport||R: Gerrard Barrabeig|
|2012||I: Nicolas Costa||Luca Ghiotto||Bruno Bonifacio||Euronova Racing by Fortec||not held|
|E: Nicolas Costa||Luca Ghiotto||Emanuele Zonzini||Euronova Racing by Fortec||R: Santiago Urrutia|
|2013||Alessio Rovera||Michele Beretta||Simone Iaquinta||Cram Motorsport||N: Sergey Trofimov|
R: Alessio Rovera
- "Abarth presents new junior "formula" racer in Bologna". italiaspeed.com. Interfuture Media. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-26.