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The calendar year isn’t even two months old yet, but an impressive roster of F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost alumni have already continued to make their mark on the upper echelons of motorsport.
Headlining the group is new-for-2019 McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, with the first FIA-sanctioned British Formula 4 Champion (under the MSA Formula guise) making a positive start to winter testing in the MCL34 at Circuit de Barcelona this week [18-21 February].
His successor – 2016 winner Max Fewtrell – was on hand at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours shaking down his new FIA Formula 3 berth with ART Grand Prix, with the Renault Sport Academy junior joined by fellow alumni Logan Sargeant and Devlin DeFrancesco.
The Formula Renault Eurocup – Fewtrell’s latest successful conquest – is also a popular proving ground for EcoBoost-powered graduates in 2019.
Flying Finn Patrik Pasma will make his debut in the category with Arden Motorsport this campaign, with 2017 Vice-Champion Oscar Piastri continuing into a second year, albeit switching teams to reigning Champions R-ace GP.
It’s not all about competing on the continent though; British F4 graduates have found their way into programmes in the US and Asia; both Matheus Leist and Colton Herta continue in the IndyCar Series, whilst Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum is expected to head to Super Formula as he continues to push for a Formula 1 seat.
Reigning Champion Kiern Jewiss was honoured alongside Ticktum, Fewtrell and the inspirational Billy Monger this week, with the quartet earning BRDC SuperStar status and becoming the latest in a long line of celebrated British motorsport talents to join the scheme.
Jewiss – along with Ayrton Simmons and Hampus Ericsson – will switch to the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship this year as the trio continue to underline the instructive and race-proven qualities of starting the FIA’s single-seater ladder in Formula 4.
2017’s leading light Jamie Caroline is yet to cement his programme for the new year but will compete in the Asian Formula 3 Winter Series in Sepang, Malaysia this coming weekend, as will 2018 Rookie Cup winner Jack Doohan.
Petru Florescu has continued his push up the motorsport ladder, recently completing the entire Toyota Racing Series campaign in New Zealand.
Moving away from single-seaters, 2018 multiple race-winner Sebastian Priaulx has been unveiled at Multimatic Motorsport for this season’s British GT Championship.
Linus Lundqvist is back from a promising outing at the Daytona 24 Hours in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, with the Swede yet to confirm his full-time plans for 2019.
The majority are yet to announce their plans for the season ahead, but the trend of British F4’s graduates flourishing at all levels of motorsport is expected to continue and expand yet again.
The next generation of motorsport stars are set to meet the media at Brands Hatch on Wednesday 13th March at Brands Hatch, with the opening three rounds of the new season scheduled to take place at the Kent-based circuit on 6th-7th April 2019.