The first Iraqi Formula 4 driver, based in Jordan where he attends international school, Ali is another driver who must juggle education and racing. Akabi is managed by Hamza Dirhani – an ex-Meritus Formula BMW driver. His racecraft impressed the team during rounds 1 and 2 of the FIA F4 SEA 2019 championship, however school exams caused him to miss the following events and he had to retire from the championship after the fourth round to focus on his education.
As worldwide movement control orders relax, Formula 4 Southeast Asia will soon announce a shortened 2020 race calendar with all events to be staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The official announcement is pending approval of the FIA and will be posted on the formula4.asia website and social media, and listed on FIA.com.