Carlin’s Marijn Kremers says winning the Rookie Cup is his initial goal, but the FEED Racing France winner also has his eyes set on the 2020 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title.
The Dutch racer fought off stern competition from nearly 100 hopefuls to win the inaugural edition of Jacques Villeneuve and Patrick Lemarie’s programme to unearth future racing stars, and with it earned a full season campaign in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series with the reigning champions.
That capped off a strong 2019 for Kremers, who also secured the CIK-FIA World Karting title in the 125cc, two-stroke KZ category.
Kremers has since spent the winter months acclimatising to new surroundings, and adjusting to life with new team mates Matias Zagazeta, Christian Mansell and Zak O’Sullivan.
Speaking ahead of his first year in single seaters, the 21-year old says winning the Rookie Cup is his initial goal, but he also has his sights set on emulating former karting rival Zane Maloney in taking the overall championship at the first attempt.
“I’m aiming high. I definitely want to become Rookie champion, but if possible I want to become the outright champion as well,” said Kremers.
“I grew up racing against Zane, I had a few karting seasons against him and we were quite competitive against each other and I think he obviously did very well in cars, and that’s definitely the goal for me as well, to do just as well as he did.”
Taking part in the FEED Racing programme also gave Kremers plenty of mileage in the Mygale M14-F4 car, allowing him to start winter testing with a clearer idea of what to focus on.
“Definitely, it helped me with that, but I think the main thing I learned was to be aggressive from the get-go, get the tyres warmed up and ready to go,” he explained.
“I think that’s the main thing that I’m doing well, the first laps are pretty fast mainly. I still lack a bit of experience to get the consistency down, but that’s why we’re here and practising a lot.”
When asked for his assessment of the winter overall, Kremers said Carlin had done a stellar job at helping him eliminate some mistakes before the racing begins in earnest later this year.
“A little bit up and down,” he said of testing as a whole.
“I can’t say that I’ve been improving every lap that I did, I’ve made a lot of mistakes so far. The main thing Carlin have done so far is help me iron out those mistakes and making sure that I’ll be ready for the race.
“It’s been difficult to learn all the names! But it’s been good, I like it a lot, the British people seem very nice to me and they’ve been treating me well so far.”