= The 2010 French F4 season documentary is now entirely subtitled in English =

I recently decided to finish the English subtitles of a documentary I planned on translating 2 years ago

I just finished the English subtitles of the last episode, so here comes nearly 4 hours of documentary about the formation of young drivers and race mechanics at the FFSA Academy :
If you find any faults in the subtitles do not hesitate to tell me

I think it's interesting to look back at this season and see how many drivers jumping in F4 cars really become professional drivers later, so if you want to know what happened to them nearly 10 years after they graduated from karts to single-seaters, here is a
**Quick summary 
Only 4 out of 22 drivers who took part in the 2010 French F4 season certainly makes a living of their racing career

Only 11 out of the 22 drivers were still racing in 2019

**Very long summary**Stoffel Vandoorne** and **Norman Nato** followed similar path up the ladder, they raced in Formula Renault 2.0 (Eurocup, NEC, ALPS), then Formula Renault 3.5, before racing in GP2 series

Vandoorne has what is arguably the best junior career in recent years, he fought against very competitive grids, won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title in his second year, finished 2nd as a rookie in Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2, he won the GP2 title in his second year in dominant style. And as we know, after a season in Super Formula, he got a seat in Formula One but struggled to impress in a McLaren team that failed to live up to the expectations of F1 fans

After a few endurance races, and a 3rd place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Vandoorne is now a front runner in Formula-E, driving for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team while being the reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 team

As Vandoorne seemed to learn quickly and always fought at the front in his rookie seasons going up the categories, he got the support of Ron Dennis and McLaren. Norman Nato did not found the same success, he struggled with money in Formula Renault 2.0 and had to miss some pre-season testing

One of his achievement will be the fight with Kvyat for the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS title, as Nato was driving for a team usually taking part in the “amateur-ish” VdeV Challenge Monoplace (that’s not mean, it’s just difficult to describe it as it’s a championhip mainly running gentleman drivers while the Eurocup is full of young talents), it was unexpected to see him taking the fight with the Russian until the last race of the season where the pair made contact when Nato tried to overtake Kvyat. This gave the title to the Russian driver

Later the Frenchman will race 2 seasons in Formula Renault 3.5 in the competitive DAMS team but he struggled, especially compared to his teammates, Magnussen and Sainz, who had good financial funding and the support of F1 teams

He then made the switch to GP2 with the backmarker team Arden, and after using this year as a “learning season”, nobody really expected him to fight at the front as he had been under the radar for the last 3 years. But in 2016, in a season where no one could compete with the Prema team, Nato finished 5th, battling with Gasly, Giovinazzi, Sirotkin, Marciello and others

As it was clear that he had no chance to get an F1 seat while his compatriots Ocon and Gasly were supported by F1 teams, he raced a 3rd year in GP2 as a “driver coach” for Sean Gelael before making the switch to endurance racing, finishing 2nd in the ELMS. Despite this, he struggled to find a seat at the beginning of the 2019 season but eventually, he was selected by Rebellion to race in LMP1 during a performance-based test against drivers like Felipe Nasr. Adding to his LMP1 duties, Nato is also the reserve driver for the Venturi Formula E team and a development driver for the Mission H24, a project aiming to develop an Hydrogen Fuel Cell prototype being able to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans

**Mathieu Jaminet** and **Paul-Loup Chatin** both raced against Vandoorne and Nato in FR2.0 but then switched early to other categories. Jaminet began racing in GT, winning RCZ Cup France in 2012, the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2016, and the ADAC GT Masters in 2018. He is now an official Porsche GT driver. Chatin had some good results in FR2.0 (3rd in ALPS, 6th in Eurocup), he then made a successful switch to GT and prototype racing, becoming the ELMS champion in 2013 and 2014. He also raced for the LMP2 team Alpine in WEC before finishing his studies and coming back strongly to ELMS as he won the title for a 3rd time in 2019 with IDEC Sport

In 2019, these 4 drivers who fought together in F4, fought once again, but this time it was at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Vandoorne raced in LMP1, Nato and Chatin in LMP2, and Jaminet in LMGTE-Pro

5th in the final standings in his second season in 2010,
**Franck Matelli** did not continued his racing career in 2011, certainly because of a lack of funding. He went back to karting. But he managed to take part in a few endurance races in LMP3 and LMP2 categories around 2016 and 2017. He even raced at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 6th out of 25 cars in the LMP2 class. He was certainly dreaming of a longer career in motorsport but at least he raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, not every racing drivers can say that

Another driver who was in his second year of F4 in 2010 was
**Paul Lanchere And like Matelli, he couldn’t go further into the single-seater ladder in 2011. Since then he made a few GT and prototype racing starts

7th in the standings,
**Alexandre Mantovani** did a second year of French F4 in 2011, finishing 7th once again. In 2012 he finished 3rd in the VdeV challenge Monoplace before stopping his racing career

**Pierre Sancinéna** also did a second season, but he managed to improve and finished 4th in 2011, tied on points with Pierre Gasly in 3rd. After a few races at F3 level in EuroFormula Open, he made the switch to GT and prototype racing. He is still racing today, mainly in GT4

**Jean-Baptiste Lahaye** directly switched to prototype racing for 2011 and after years of LMP3 in the ELMS, he stepped up to LMP2 last year

**Tristan Papavoine** did a second season to finish 8th in 2011, he then took part in a few FR2.0 races in 2012. He hasn’t raced since

**Sébastien Le Bras** stopped racing after his 2010 season

**Nicolas de Moura** made 6 starts in the 2011 SEAT Leon Supercopa France championship before stopping his racing career

**Valentin Simonet** raced in touring and stock cars for 2 years before taking a pause in 2013 (certainly due to funding and/or studies), he then made the switch to GT racing. He is still racing today in GT4 category

**Alexandre Jouannem-Sivan** stopped racing until 2014 when he came back to motorsport. This 3 year pause was certainly due to funding and/or studies. He then mainly raced with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He hasn’t raced since 2017

**Maxime Raphoz** only made 3 starts in the VdeV Challenge Monoplace in 2011 before ending his racing career

**Alexandre Anezo** stopped racing after his 2010 season

The following drivers did not scored points during the 2010 season :
**Giada de Zen** continued racing in single seaters until 2013. **Maxime Bourcet** continued racing in a few touring cars and prototype in championship such as VdeV and TTE. He’s still racing today. **Pierre Nicolet** continued racing in a handful of prototype racing. He is often racing in LMP2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. **Marie Baus-Coppens** did a second season in 2011 without much success. She then raced in Seat Leon Supercopa and RCZ Cup. She is still racing in touring cars today, in the TCR Europe championship. **Cécilia Asquini** only took part in one round of the 2010 French F4 season. She did not take part in other racing events after that. **Hamza El Fatouaki** stopped racing in single-seaters after 3 rounds in French F4. He seems to have raced in a few amateur racing events since

Something interesting to point out is that a lot of drivers had to stop their career really early while today if you look at other F4 championships like the Italian F4, ADAC F4, British F4, drivers finishing in the “middle” of the standings usually continue racing for some years. One of the reason I can think of is that, as these championship are pretty costly compared to what a season of French F4 cost in 2010, these young drivers already have a big financial support, so they can continue racing more easily even if they don’t fight at the front

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