Kai Askey cut a positive figure in pre-season ahead of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season opener at Thruxton, following a solid winter of mileage with his new Carlin team.
The 15-year-old built up plenty of mileage in the Mygale M14-F4, first with the FFSA in 2020 before the pandemic put a halt to a planned French F4 campaign, and now after agreeing a deal to join Trevor Carlin’s outfit in the UK for 2021, the most successful in the series’ seven-year history.
That followed a strong karting career, which began in Singapore, then at British Championship level after Askey moved back to the UK. The progression to international competition then followed, including good results at CIK-FIA, WSK and DKM level.
Askey’s team-mates at the Farnham team for 2021 will Roman Bilinski, Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Dougie Bolger.
“It’s a great season to join, especially with Carlin. It’s pretty exciting to join British F4 this year, and it’s looking great,” said Askey.
“I’ve been karting since I was seven, and I’ve slowly built myself up and then I was going to do French F4 last year but of course with Covid, I couldn’t do it. So, this year, I’m doing British F4 – it’s looking pretty good.”
Askey’s assessment of the winter period was positive, but pragmatic, highlighting the development curve between karting and the graduation to single seaters.
“It’s been pretty positive at the moment. We’ve been getting some good laps in and we’ve been comparing with teammates so, it’s been pretty good at the moment,” he explained.
“It was a pretty big jump, to be fair. It was just getting used to all the gearing and stuff, but of course I got used to this on a simulator which helped quite a bit, getting used to the car, and it was very different at first but of course, more practice means I’ll just get used to it [quicker].
“In karting you always had to be on the limit as well so it’s basically no different it’s just now you’ve always got people around you helping you out, they’re always there when you need them.”
He also refused to be drawn on any aims and objectives for the season ahead, but is naturally aiming to be fighting it out at the sharp end of the field.
“I’m not exactly looking at numbers at the moment, but of course I’m gonna push to the top step if I can. I’m aiming for top five, I’d say. As I say, I’m not gonna put any numbers out there.”
The high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire hosts the opening three rounds of the 2021 season this weekend, with the latter two live on ITV4 this Sunday (9 May).