The 17-year-old was classified 14th overall in F4 last season, and claimed his first podium with third place at Donington Park during the final weekend of the 2013 season, as well as 13 top-10 finishes throughout the year.
Lima is now aiming to add more podiums to his name in 2014: “I’m really happy to be back in Formula 4 this year and pleased with the deal my management team has put together with Hillspeed” he commented. “I learnt a lot in F4 last year, it was a very competitive season with a lot of really quick drivers.
“The final weekend was the highlight, taking my first podium was fantastic and the plan is to have many more this year! Hillspeed is a great team and I’m really looking forward to working with the guys there. They’ve won races in F4 and a lot of championships in other categories, like Formula Renault, so it should be a strong season.”
Lima began his karting career in 2010, where he finished third in the Junior Class of the Brazil Cup, and went on to contest the Rotax Junior Class in the Florida Winter Tour the following year as well as finishing third in the Sudam Junior Class.
Travelling from South America to Europe in 2012 to embark on his first season in single-seaters, the Brazilian ran a full campaign in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps while also contesting two races in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC).
Adding two races in the Campeonato CoDA Sur del Formula 3 Sudamericana in 2013, winning one, Lima also secured a brace of podiums in the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship where he contested six rounds before then moving on to race the full 2013 season in BRDC F4.
“It’s fantastic for Hillspeed to have a driver as talented as Gustavo signed-up for the new F4 season, we’re absolutely delighted”, said Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw, “He made excellent progress last year and thoroughly deserved his podium at Donington during the final weekend. He’s clearly a very quick driver and with a full year of experience behind him, we’re sure he’ll be a strong front-runner.”
Lima joins Malaysian Rahul Mayer at the Hathersage based squad, who was the first driver to sign up to the 2014 season. Hillspeed ran Seb Morris to the vice champion position in F4 in 2013, while also securing a main season race win with Struan Moore at Snetterton. The team also challenged for the Winter Championship honours with Jake Cook, taking two wins at Snetterton, while Kieran Vernon also took victory for the team at the final round of the season at Brands Hatch Indy.