Eduardo Coseteng paid tribute to Argenti Motorsport’s support as he prepares to make his debut in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton this weekend (8-9 May).
The 17-year-old from The Philippines joins Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series after a silverware-laden career in karting, including front-running performances in the British, European and World Karting categories, before switching his focus to single seaters.
He joins Marcos Flack and Matias Zagazeta at Michael Meadows’ Argenti outfit, which enjoyed a successful debut season in the series last year, including two race victories and a number of podium finishes.
Adapting from karting to single seaters is a speciality of the team, the only one in the paddock to run in both, something that Coseteng has found invaluable in preparing for the step up to car racing.
“There’s a lot more things to adapt to, such as the temperature of the tyres, more downforce, more grip, the G-forces, all that stuff, the basics really. But yeah, I think after a few days I’ve got the hang of it quite fast,” said Coseteng.
“Before you go out on track, the day before you always go on the simulator to learn the track so you don’t waste two sessions learning the track.”
“Argenti Motorsport’s a really good team, they’ve helped me adapt from karting. They’ve got very good staff, so we’re looking strong for the season ahead.”
Coseteng’s ambition, as with the rest of the grid, is to be fighting at the front, but he remained pragmatic about the learning curve ahead and plans to use the opening rounds of the season to learn and further his development.
“Every driver’s goal is to win, to be on pole. I think we have race craft to learn, because coming from karting’s different; you can look back, whereas now there are side mirrors instead. That’s the main goal, to learn for a few rounds.”
Looking a little further ahead, Coseteng’s ultimate ambition in the sport is a graduation to Formula 1, emulating previous British F4 entry Lando Norris.
“Everybody’s goal is F1 when they step up to single seaters. But yeah I think we’ll see where we get to, it’s quite hard to get in F1, with a lot of talent, a lot of budget, sponsors and a bit of luck. So yeah, we’ll see.”
Thruxton’s high-speed, 2.3-mile circuit hosts the first three races of the season this weekend (8-9 May), live on ITV4.