National media covering the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost have cast their early predictions on what promises to be another enthralling title battle on Britain’s biggest stage.
The Ford EcoBoost-powered series already boasts an enviable media offering because of its status as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.
That ensures capacity track side audiences at each of the ten events, plus live, free-to-air television coverage nationwide on ITV4 and regular column inches in industry-leading outlets Motorsport News and Autosport.
On top of that, an array of digital outlets – such as renowned single-seater resource Formula Scout – also follow every twist and turn of the battle to be crowned FIA British F4 Champion.
So, with six of the best single-seater teams in the business vying for the title – Fortec Motorsport, Arden, Carlin, Richardson Racing, JHR and reigning Champions Double R Racing – we’ve given our friends in the media the unenviable task of picking a winner!
Stephen Lickorish – Motorsport News, Autosport
“British Formula 4 is set to be blown wide open this year and predicting a champion at this point is incredibly tricky.
“The vast majority of the grid will be new to the series but there is one familiar name back: Carlin. The successful squad’s return after a sabbatical has helped contribute to a flurry of driver announcements in recent weeks.
“But one of the highlights of 2019 is set to be the rivalry between Louis Foster and Luke Browning. They both put in some incredible drives in Ginetta Junior last year and it will be interesting to see who emerges on top this time around – with the proven record of the Double R team, Foster is in the box seat and one of the favourites for the crown.”
Phil Glew – ITV Sport Co-Commentator
“I can’t wait for another season of British F4. I’ve commentated on the series since the start and I have never been disappointed.
“I believe Carlin will be hard to beat; they have a 100% record as Champions in the three years they’ve competed, but now Double R have won their first title they could take the challenge to Carlin.
“Arden will also be hungry for their first championship, but I’m going to say Josh Skelton at JHR is the one to watch.”
Alex Wood & Jake Cawthorne – Momentum Social co-Directors
JC: “Personally, I think Carlin has the momentum to take the title fight, but I think we’ll see them battle it out at the home of British Motorsport. Possibly taking the title pre-Brands Hatch Grand Prix.”
AW: “I’m going to say Luke Browning. His performance in the Ginetta Junior championship last year was sensational. If he can make that leap and keep that performance in open wheel formula, the rest of the grid will have something to worry about!”
Bethonie Waring – Formula Scout
“Carlin has to be one to watch as the squad returns to the series after a year out. It’s won the Drivers and Teams’ Championship in every British F4 season it’s competed in and has a strong line-up so will no doubt be challenging at the front of the field again.
“Drivers wise, it’s unsurprising that after Kiern Jewiss’ storm to success there are a number of talented Ginetta Junior graduates on the grid. Luke Browning and Louis Foster in particular were fantastic to watch last year and will likely renew their battle as they move to single seaters.
“Josh Skelton and Sebastian Alvarez become the “old guard” as it were, so we could see these two fighting for race wins in 2019, especially considering they’re racing with JHR Developments and Double R Racing respectively, the teams that fielded title rivals Simmons and Jewiss last year.”
Richard John Neil – ITV Sport Lead Commentator
“The British F4 grid is shaping up nicely already and it’s such a good mix of returning drivers, some top names from karting as well as drivers we enjoyed following last year in Ginetta Junior. The difficulty at this early stage is predicting how they will fare against each other, but the obvious battle we’ve enjoyed before is that between Louis Foster and Luke Browning in the Juniors last year.
“Fin Green was never far away from them either. There is so much talent lined up already that I think we should be in for another great season.”
The new season gets underway at Brands Hatch in Kent across the weekend of 6th-7th April.