Double R boss says British F4 is the “place to be” in 2020

  • Reigning champions Double R Racing underline belief in British F4 as the ideal platform for emerging motorsport stars in 2020.
  • F4 Team Manager Matthew Willett also praises equalisation process, with championship committed to putting driver ability at the forefront of competition.
  • Calendar for next season now available, with two dates at Silverstone, home of the Formula 1 ® British Grand Prix.

Reigning champions Double R Racing have underlined their belief in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as ‘the place to be’ for the next generation of motorsport stars in 2020.

This season has proven to be among the most competitive since Britain’s official FIA Formula 4 category was formed back in 2015. Eleven races so far have seen five race winners, eight different drivers on the podium, lap records broken and an abundance of action-packed, wheel-to-wheel racing.

Factor in the capacity trackside crowd at each of the high-profile British Touring Car Championship events and live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4 and it’s clear to see why the Ford EcoBoost-powered series is beginning to command attention for next season, with unparalleled marketing and media opportunities for a championship of its size.

For Double R’s F4 Team Manager, Matthew Willett, there is no better option for the next generation of motorsport stars looking to make an impact in 2020.

“The championship has been really close and competitive this year, which is great,” said Willett.

“Do I feel it’s a junior single-seater series every young racer should be looking to compete in? Absolutely. It’s the place to be.”

With the announcement of the provisional 2020 calendar, the focus has already begun to shift toward welcoming another generation of motorsport stars on to the first step on the FIA single-seater ladder.

A notable inclusion is a second trip to Silverstone – home of the Formula 1 ® British Grand Prix – utilising both the National and International circuit configurations, as well as the usual line-up of world renowned venues such as Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Oulton Park, among others.

Willett stressed his belief that, in order to be quick after the step up to international single-seater racing, an apprenticeship on the UK’s notoriously challenging circuits is absolutely essential.

“To drive quickly on the UK circuits, you’ve got to be accurate, so you find that the trend going forward is that the guys who are quick here, are quick throughout their careers,” he explained.

“With the circuits the championship visits and the number of races it has, there’s a lot of mileage on circuits where, if you’re not accurate, you’re not quick.

“You find that the guys who have done the UK circuits can really carry the speed on the European circuits, because if you’re not precise here at the likes of Oulton Park, Donington Park or Snetterton, you’re off.”

At the heart of competition in British F4 is a performance equalisation process designed to put driver ability at the forefront of being successful in the championship.

Engine regulation forms a big part of that, with Willett particularly pleased with the work Ford Performance and Neil Brown Engineering have done over the first half of the 2019 season in that regard.

“The equalisation process in British F4 at the moment is fantastic, the best it’s ever been,” he enthused.

“As a team we’re really happy, we’ve got no complaints at all. The process is thorough, it’s consistent across all the cars.

“Even when we go and look at the driver’s data in the Motorsport UK coaching sessions, it’s absolutely spot on.

“The addition of Neil Brown Engineering alongside Ford has been really positive, they need to be commended for the work they’ve done over the first half of the season. They’ve done a great job.”

Interested parties for the 2020 F4 British Championship can make contact with one of our six high-level junior single-seater teams currently registered via the Teams section of the website.