Media covering the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost have cast their say on this weekend’s pivotal title decider at Brands Hatch.
Carlin’s Zane Maloney and Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez arrive at the 2.4-mile Kent circuit locked level on points at the top of the standings, with Alvarez’s team mate Louis Foster and JHR’s Josh Skelton waiting in the wings to pounce…
It’s been arguably the closest-ever season in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series; eight different winners, nine podium finishers, six polesitters and every driver banking points on a regular basis… which also makes it the toughest to call!
Without a hint of hesitation, however, the likes of Motorsport News, ITV Sport, Momentum Social, The Checkered Flag and Formula Scout have leapt into the hot seat to have their say…
Stephen Lickorish (Deputy Editor, Motorsport News)
“Silverstone showed that it’s near enough impossible to predict what will be happen in British Formula 4 this season!
“Zane Maloney may have the most wins, but he has struggled for form in recent events, and another collision with key rival Sebastian Alvarez can’t be ruled out.
“Louis Foster enjoys Brands Hatch and is capable of bagging a significant haul of points and, despite still being some way adrift, he could well be the one who emerges triumphant on Sunday.”
Richard John Neil (TV Commentator, ITV Sport)
“With the drama that has been unfolding over the last few rounds it would be difficult to predict what’s going to happen this weekend.
“The race format is going to add to the tension as well. If the main protagonists are at the front in qualifying then it means they could be further back in race two which means the momentum for the lead in the points (and the associated pressure) could go one way then the other.
“Looking at last year though, Brands GP was one of the weaker events for Alvarez although of course he turned it around and was impressive scoring on the Indy Circuit at the start of this season… the only thing we know for certain is that it should be a fascinating weekend.”
Tom Jackson (F4 Correspondent, The Checkered Flag)
“Silverstone has set up the perfect crescendo to what’s already been an amazing season. I think that final race will have taught Zane and Sebastian a valuable lesson as they certainly didn’t help themselves.
“Whether they do learn from that and play it safe or go for all-out attack again, they’ve got to watch for Louis and Josh creeping up behind them.
“The Double R’s were lightning quick at Brands earlier in the year, so I’d tip Louis to get a couple more wins under his belt but the rest is out of his hands.
“The onus is on Zane and Sebastian to play it safe, this weekend points literally mean prizes. Given Sebastian’s form the last time we were at Brands, I’d say he stands a good chance of lifting the trophy come Sunday afternoon.”
Alex Wood (Co-founder, Momentum Social)
‘What an incredible season it’s been in British Formula 4!
“We’ve seen great drives throughout the entire field and dominant performances from a number of drivers. Zane Maloney has been the man to beat for most of the year after his run of back-to-back wins, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Louis Foster put the pressure on at Brands Hatch. Watching the pair will be Sebastian Alvarez too, looking to capitalise if either falters.
“Final prediction for the 2019 champion for me? I’m going with Zane Maloney.”
Bethonie Waring (British F4 Reporter, Formula Scout)
“It would take a brave man to bet against Zane Maloney and Carlin.
“The team has proven countless times it knows how to win a championship and Maloney is one of the most determined young drivers I’ve ever met. That said, Sebastian Alvarez and Louie Foster are going into Silverstone on a high.
“Maloney hasn’t had the consistency he enjoyed in the mid-season over the past couple of meetings, but the Double R Racing boys have been on form. The rate at which Alvarez has been able to close the gap has been phenomenal and I wouldn’t put it past him to take the title.
“If Maloney and Alvarez can keep calm and pointing in the right direction, it seems like a straight fight between the two of them, but it’s been Foster who has been calm and in control over the past few meetings, highlighted most recently at Silverstone.
“Skelton is definitely the outsider, but the pace he and Carter Williams have shown in the second half of the season has been incredible and I’m sure he will keep pushing until he’s mathematically out of the fight.”
The F4 British Championship title will be decided at Brands Hatch (12-13 October) – live on ITV4.