Arden Motorsport’s Alex Connor wants to continue his podium-contending run of form as he prepares to start his second season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
The Dubai-based British racer made an impressive start to his junior single-seater career in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series last year, finishing as runner-up in the Rookie Cup with five class victories and a further 17 podiums.
He also put together a consistent run of points-scoring finishes overall, culminating in his first pole position and overall podium in the series at the Brands Hatch GP season finale.
Connor, who also claimed a first F4 win in the F4 UAE Championship in Abu Dhabi over the winter, is now back for a second campaign with Banbury-based Arden, and looking to pick up from where he left off and contend for the title.
“I want to start off where I finished last year, having podiums and hopefully having some wins. The main goal is the championship this year,” he explained.
“I’ve done a lot more preparation for this year and I think hopefully it’s going to be a good year. I now know what the car feels like and what to do in preparation now. It’s all a bonus, and I think it’ll be a good year.”
Connor is the only returning driver at the ‘Red Arrows’, with karting graduate Frederick Lubin and former Ginetta racer Roman Bilinski his new team mates.
The 15-year old says the atmosphere between the trio is positive heading into the new season, and believes he can help bring them up to speed on their single-seater debuts.
“We’re all getting along well, and hopefully that stays for the rest of the year! It’s always good, because I know all the tracks, I know the car pretty well and I’m pretty sure I’m a good benchmark and hopefully they can learn off that.”
Reflecting on what advice he would give himself twelve months prior before his first race, Connor put the emphasis on physical preparation and believes he is much better equipped in 2020 to meet the challenge.
“Training is the main thing. Pure strength. This year, I’m a lot bigger and I feel like the car is a lot lighter, which helps me a lot around more physical tracks.”
The new season begins at Donington Park, Leicestershire, over the weekend of 28-29 March, 2020.