Real Madrid star to join Formula 4

Ex-Chelsea footballer Thibaut Courtois is set to venture into the world of racing.

Real Madrid goalkeeper and ex-Chelsea footballer, Thibaut Courtois, is believed to be switching sports next year, by forming a team in Formula 4.

Media sources have reported that the team will be called ‘TC Racing,’ after the initials of the two-time La Liga and one-time Champions League winner.

Courtois is known to be a giant motorsports fan and an avid sim racer.

The former Chelsea player has been spotted in the Formula One paddock on multiple occasions – including at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.

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It is reported the Belgian will partner with former Marussia driver Roberto Merhi to create this team, with Merhi serving in an advisory capacity.

TC Racing will supposedly begin life in the Spanish F4, before moving onto other junior series.

The Spanish F4 is known to be a stepping stone for drivers once they graduate from karting.

This year’s edition of the series sees five rounds of three races, taking place on famous Spanish circuits.

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These tracks include the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where the F1 Spanish Grand Prix is held, as well as the Circuito de Jerez.

The Spanish F4 would also take Courtois and TC Racing to the Estoril in Portugal and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The Spa-Francorchamps, like the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, would give the fledgling TC Racing team a taste of the big leagues.

Spanish tabloid Diario AS has reported that Courtois’ team has yet to form a “concrete structure.”

AS reports that TC Racing is still in the early recruitment stage for next season.

The former Chelsea man was one of the first ‘celebrity’ guests to race in the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He raced alongside actual Formula 1 drivers by doing so.

In one exciting moment, he overtook Alex Albon, the now-Williams driver, at a simulated version of Silverstone.

Albon exclaimed: “How is he so fast?! What is this? What engine has he got?!”

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Mercedes driver George Russell added to the joke, saying: “You’ve just been overtaken by a professional goalkeeper!”

This is not the only time Courtois has knocked elbows with F1 stars.

He has also appeared in a video, released by Real Madrid, with Carlos Sainz (a huge ‘Madridista’), going head-to-head in a game of FIFA.