Roberto Faria: Maiden podium “a really strong way to begin the season”

Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria says his first overall podium in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is “a really strong way to begin the season” after a promising start at Donington Park.

The Brazilian enters his second season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series with Fortec Motorsport, and opened the new campaign in fine style, finishing third to notch up his first overall podium – adding that to his 21 Rookie visits to the rostrum in 2019.

Although he was unfortunate to get caught up in an incident with race one winner Alex Connor on Sunday morning, he bounced back to score solid points in fourth in race three and sits sixth in the standings after the opening triple header.

“A podium finish in a tough championship like British F4 is great, and a really strong way to begin the season,” said Faria.

“It shows a bit of all the hard work me and the team did during pre-season and we know there is a lot more to come.”

Although the incident in race two was frustrating, Faria also explained the importance of moving on quickly, with the championship returning to action immediately this coming weekend at Brands Hatch (GP).

“We always start a race thinking about how to progress and to finish in top positions and we proved we had the speed to do it. It’s obviously frustrating, but let’s move on and focus on the next rounds.”

He also believes having previous racing experience in British F4 around the 2.4-mile Kent circuit will provide him with a slight advantage over the series’ newcomers this time around.

“Brands GP is a great track, one of my favourites. The fact that the GP layout is not available very often for tests makes it even more challenging, so I believe second-year drivers will have a little advantage.”