DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist bids to keep up winning momentum in second half of British F4 season

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26 JULY, 2017 – Thanks to an emphatic double win right before the summer break, Linus Lundqvist brought the first half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to a resounding close. Seven weeks later, racing is now about to resume in the UK’s most competitive junior single-seater series – and Lundqvist is determined to pick up where he left off back in early June.

“Finally time to go racing again,” said Lundqvist with a sigh of relief. “We enjoyed a very strong run of results before the break, and the aim now is to continue in much the same way. The second half of the season shall belong to us!”

Debuting in international single-seater racing this season, Lundqvist lived through a wave of emotions in the first five meetings (out of ten) contested so far in British F4.

A frustrating curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch, in which he was forced to retire from all three races, left Lundqvist initially on the back foot – but the Double R Racing Swede has since recovered much of the lost ground and won three races en route to third place in the current standings.

Fittingly, Lundqvist’s best result to date came just before the summer break, as he soared to a double win at Croft and simultaneously signalled his intentions for the second half of the season. As racing gets back underway this weekend at Norfolk venue Snetterton, Lundqvist duly aims to maintain his winning momentum.

“It was great to get that result at Croft, and it really did make the summer break a little shorter and easier to handle,” Lundqvist added. “That said, it’s now in the past and I can’t go around and just lean on that. The difficult part is to try and repeat it, and that’s what we’re focused on. My aim from now until the end of the season is to win as many races as possible, improve my position in the standings and to underline the pace we’ve had so far.”

While Lundqvist has been out of F4 competition for near enough two months, he has still found ways of keeping busy during the lengthy in-season hiatus. A late call to join Double R Racing’s British Formula 3 arm at Spa-Francorchamps three weeks ago provided valuable proficiency, and allowed Lundqvist to maintain race sharpness while away from his main arena.

“The F3 outing at Spa is something I will never forget,” commented Lundqvist. “I learned so much and I’m really grateful to the team for giving me that shot. It was great to get some experience of the F3 chassis, and it also came about halfway through the F4 break, which was pretty much perfect. The car was very different to the F4, but hopefully it won’t take too long to re-adapt. I’m sure it will be no problem. I’m really thrilled that we’re finally going back to racing again!”

Lundqvist will commence the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost 85.5 points behind overall leader Jamie Caroline (GBR), and just 18 shy of second-placed Oscar Piastri (AUS). There are still 400 points up for grabs during the remaining five meetings of the campaign.

TEAM NEWS: British F4 race winner Lundqvist to make Formula 3 debut at Spa with Double R

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•    Double R’s British F4 race winner set for Formula 3 bow at Spa.

30 JUNE, 2017 – Exciting single-seater racing talent Linus Lundqvist will make the step-up into Formula 3 competition at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium a week from now, on 7-8 July, when the Double R Racing driver will make a one-off appearance in the British F3 series.

The 18-year-old from Sweden, who is racing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with Double R Racing, currently lies third in the standings.

Stockholm-based Lundqvist, a three-time race winner in British F4 with the Woking team so far this year, is gaining an impressive reputation in his first season of action outside the Nordic region and is now absolutely relishing his first races in F3, as well as his maiden visit to world-famous Spa.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be making my Formula 3 debut at Spa next weekend”, said Lundqvist, “It was not something I expected to be doing this year, and I really want to thank Double R Racing for putting their trust in me for this.

“I’ve never been to Spa before and it will obviously be difficult to go up against the F3 guys in the middle of the season, but I will do my best and try and learn as much as possible.”

Lundqvist, who is the reigning Formula STCC Nordic Champion, has undertaken a limited programme of testing with Double R’s F3 squad to prepare as well as possible for his one-off outing in British F3 with the reigning category champions and team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt can’t wait to see how the Swedish youngster will fare.

“We’re all really excited to see how Linus adapts to F3 at Spa next weekend, it’s not going to be easy but he’s done an incredible job in British F4 this year with us and definitely deserves this opportunity to showcase what he can do at a higher level”, said Hieatt.

“His pace in British F4 has been nothing short of sensational this year, his tally of pole positions, fastest laps and race wins proves that, and I’m confident he’s going to grab this chance with both hands and give a very strong account of himself. Linus doesn’t know Spa and although it is a hugely challenging track, I’m sure he’ll be up to speed very quickly. We can’t wait for next weekend.”

TEAM NEWS: Faultless performance from Lundqvist in wet and dry secures memorable double win for Double R at Croft

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•    British F4 racer Linus Lundqvist takes two supreme victories.
•    Double R driver rapid in both wet and dry conditions at Croft.
•    Karl Massaad close to podium return in last race of F4 weekend.

12 JUNE, 2017 – Rapid F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost driver Linus Lundqvist delivered a series of star performances at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend, 10th/11th June, securing two magnificent victories for Double R Racing in rounds 13 and 15.

At a track where the Woking team has always had an excellent set-up in any formula, Lundqvist backed up his timesheet-topping efforts in testing with pole position for the first and third races and he converted both into superb wins – moving the Swede into third in the championship.

Lebanese team-mate Karl Massaad only just missed out on a podium return in the final encounter of the weekend, taking a best finish of fourth place, while Chinese racer Daniel Cao took his only finish in race three after two unfortunate retirements in the opening two contests.

“It’s fantastic for Linus to take two wins”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “Our set-up for Croft has always been good, we always have a great car there, so we take great delight in doing so well this weekend – Linus was the pace-setter throughout and did an outstanding job.

“Karl had a terrific recovery in the third race after an unfortunate collision in the second one, he raced very strongly and to be in the fight with the podium contenders was fantastic and where we know he can be on a regular basis. It wasn’t the strongest weekend of the season for Daniel but, overall, we’re delighted with the team performance.”

Lundqvist certainly started the Croft weekend as he intended to go on, lapping fastest in pre-event testing and then going on to set the quickest and second quickest laps in a highly competitive, rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday to secure pole position for the first and third races of the event.

Continuing drizzle into the afternoon meant Round 13, would also take place on a wet track and Lundqvist made an outstanding start. Storming into a lead of two seconds on lap one alone, racing then fell under Safety Car conditions due to an unfortunate incident for team-mate Massaad who was pitched into a spin at Tower Bend, having started sixth. He retired with damage soon after.

At the resumption on lap five Lundqvist made a textbook re-start and went on to control the race from the front, reeling off a series of fastest laps – a best of 1m 30.761s – before taking the flag on lap 12 an incredible 6.7 seconds clear. Team-mate Cao, meanwhile, experienced misfortune like Massaad after an excursion when the Safety Car was on track, while running in the top 10.

Starting the dry 14th round on Sunday from sixth on the partially reversed grid, Lundqvist got away from the line cleanly and managed to climb into fifth on the opening tour. Massaad and Cao started the contest from 13th and 15th respectively but the latter’s race came to an early conclusion in the gravel at the first corner – triggering the deployment of the Safety Car.

Racing resumed on lap four and Lundqvist quickly moved up into the top four before challenging for the podium. After running wide at Tower on lap six, he was edged back to sixth and then seventh soon after but battled back into fourth before the race was red flagged on lap 12 when Massaad was involved in a tangle at Tower while battling inside the top 10.

Normal service was resumed for Lundqvist in round 15 as he again dominated, opening up a one second lead from pole position at the start and going on to take the chequered flag on lap 15 almost six seconds clear with a phenomenal drive. He also posted the fastest lap by some margin, a time of 1m 21.444s (93.93mph).

Massaad made amends for his earlier disappointment with a great drive to fourth, his second best result of the season. Starting fifth on the grid after a strong run in qualifying, he moved into fourth on lap five and was just 1.4 seconds shy of the podium at the chequered flag – he also set the third fastest race lap. Cao, meanwhile, started 11th on the grid and went on to finish in 15th position.

British F4 now enters a summer break with the next rounds at Snetterton on 29th/30th July.

F4 British Championship standings 
3rd Linus Lundqvist, 152.5pts; 10th Karl Massaad, 46pts; 14th Daniel Cao, 7pts

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist doubles up with commanding Croft victories

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12 JUNE, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist mastered changeable conditions on his way to an important set of victories in the fifth meeting of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign, leaping to third in the overall standings going into the summer break.

Lundqvist produced a dominant showing throughout three days of mixed weather at Croft Circuit, winning two out of the weekend’s three races; one in rain, one in the dry. To underline his pace, the 18-year-old Double R Racing rookie also set the fastest lap of both races by a considerable margin.

“What a fantastic weekend,” said an elated Lundqvist. “I had a feeling we would be strong here, but this was more than we could have expected. I’ve really enjoyed driving the car all weekend and have been able to push it right from the beginning, regardless of the weather. This means a lot to myself and to everyone at Double R Racing. I’m so happy for the guys!”

Lundqvist was on top form from the start of running on Friday, leading the way in both free practice sessions. The Swede then carried the momentum into Saturday’s important qualifying showdown, bagging both pole positions on offer for races one and three.

The reigning Formula STCC Nordic champion went on to control proceedings in the opening race of the weekend, sprinting off to a 6.6-second wet-weather win, and repeated his lights-to-flag performance in Sunday’s concluding Race 3 on a dry track.

Lundqvist’s advantage over the rest of the field was significant at times over the weekend, leaving him a hefty six tenths clear on the fastest lap charts on both of his winning drives.

In Race two, meanwhile – which features a partially reversed grid – Lundqvist leapt from sixth to fourth to add further valuable points to his intensifying championship charge.

The outcome of this weekend now sees Lundqvist slot into third in the overall standings, just 18 points shy of second-placed Australian Oscar Piastri going into the seven-week summer break. The gap to leader Jamie Caroline has been reduced to 85.5 points with 16 races and 400 points still to dispute over the second half of the campaign.

“The weekend I have had is something any driver would call ideal; when the car is just perfect and you can extract so much pace from it,” concluded Lundqvist. “It’s the perfect way to go into the summer break, and I obviously want to carry this momentum into the second half of the season. I’ll be pushing one hundred percent in every session so we can take the fight to the others – it’s all to play for.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will resume on 29-30 July at Snetterton.

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist targets return to winning ways at Croft

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7 JUNE, 2017 – With summer taking a warm and welcome grip on Europe, the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is approaching half time. The fifth round out of ten takes place this weekend at Croft Circuit not far from Newcastle, and Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist arrives in high spirits as he bids for his second win of the season.

Since romping to victory at Donington Park back in mid-April, 18-year-old Lundqvist has remained a regular frontrunner over the subsequent events, gracing the podium at both Thruxton and Oulton Park.

As the field sets up camp at Croft, however, the Double R Racing rookie is eager to raise the bar further still. A successful day of official testing at Snetterton last week saw Lundqvist top the times by nearly half a second, indicating continued strong form – and now, in the final round before a seven-week summer break, it’s time to reap the rewards of that promise.

“I think that we can, and should, be aiming for victory this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “I know very well just how competitive this championship is and I have the utmost respect for all of my rivals, but I’ve felt for quite a while that we haven’t maximised our full potential. That’s been partly circumstantial, partly down to pure bad luck, and partly down to me. Whatever happens this weekend, I want to know that I did the best job possible and squeezed everything out of whatever performance we have.”

The British F4 field heads to Croft with fresh knowledge of the track, having tested at the venue a couple of weeks ago. Lundqvist, on that occasion, was second quickest.

“Croft is a technical track with a wide variety of corners,” concluded Lundqvist. “It’s got a little bit of everything. You have some really fast turns at the back, a relatively long straight, and a very slow complex towards the end of the lap. It’s actually one of the most enjoyable circuits I’ve driven at. It’s quite narrow and overtaking might prove a bit difficult, but I think we’ll be in for some really good racing this weekend!”

Lundqvist – the reigning Formula STCC Nordic champion – currently holds fifth in the F4 British Championship standings, a mere 5.5 points adrift of third-placed Logan Sargeant (USA) in a close scrap over championship positions.

TEAM NEWS: Fourth British F4 podium of season for Lundqvist at Oulton Park

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  • Linus Lundqvist secures fourth podium of 2017 in wet Round 10.
  • Double R ace sets fastest lap by more than half a second in race one.
  • Best of P8 for Karl Massaad and highest finish of P9 for Daniel Cao.
  • Round 11 red flagged and Round 12 postponed due to timetable delays .

22 MAY. 2017 – Front-running F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford racer Linus Lundqvist secured his fourth podium finish of the season at Oulton Park over the weekend, 20th/21st May, to close to within just 5.5 points of the top three in the driver standings for Double R Racing.

During an unconventional couple of days for the category, with one race postponed to a later date as a result of timetable delays and another shortened through a red flag stoppage, Lundqvist raced to a best of third place in round 10 – while also setting fastest lap – and then took fifth in round 11.

Team-mate Karl Massaad finished the opening contest on Saturday in eighth but hopes of similar in race two were dashed after contact to the rear of his car on the opening lap led to retirement a couple of laps later. Double R’s third driver Daniel Cao finished in 12th position during the opener and went on to claim his fourth top 10 points finish of the season in race two with ninth.

“We’re pleased to see Linus back on the podium, taking fastest lap in race one proves the pace we’ve got, and fantastic Daniel was able to break into the points again”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously, we’re disappointed for Karl with the retirement from race two, especially after a strong start on Saturday, but we’re confident all three guys will be competitive at Croft.”

Qualifying on Saturday morning concluded with Lundqvist setting the fifth fastest time on his final lap of the session, getting within little more than 0.2 seconds of pole position, while Massaad was sixth quickest and Cao ended just outside the top 10 with the 11th best time.

Rain arrived at Oulton Park ahead of race one of the weekend, round 10, and Lundqvist made a truly sensational start to rocket into the top three. While initially taking things somewhat cautiously over the course of the first few laps, the Double R driver began to push more and more during the second half of the contest as his tyres came to him and dramatically reeled in second placed Alex Quinn.

Setting the fastest lap of the race on the final tour, Lundqvist’s time of 1m33.561 seconds was an eye-opening half a second quicker than the best anyone else could manage and he closed to within 1.3 seconds of Quinn at the finish on lap 13.

Massaad unfortunately slipped to eighth on the opening tour and then spent the remainder of the encounter there after a largely uneventful race to secure his fifth points finish of the year. Cao, too, lost ground initially after being edged back to 12th place but he regained his starting position on lap two before dropping back to 12th on lap seven. The Chinese racer then stayed there to the flag.

As a result of timetable delays on Saturday, round 11 of the season – which was scheduled to be the last race of the day – was postponed to Sunday afternoon. Round 12, therefore, was dropped off the timetable and will be contested later in the season at an alternative venue.

Lundqvist started fourth for round 11 and held position through Old Hall, maintaining the place despite significant pressure and impressively coping well with damage to the left-hand endplate on his front wing.

At the end of lap three, though, contact from Jamie Caroline pitched Lundqvist into a near-spin and although recovering he dropped to sixth. Remarkably, despite the wing damage, Lundqvist was able to post the fourth fastest lap and when Caroline crashed-out into the barriers at Old Hall at the start of lap eight the race was red flagged with Lundqvist classified in fifth place.

Massaad got away from the line cleanly at the beginning of the race and all looked good for the Lebanese driver. As the field headed into the hairpin, though, contact from behind resulted in damage to the rear of his car. While getting going again, several seconds down on the rest of the pack, Massaad went on to retire from the race at the end of lap three as a result of the incident.

Through all of the early drama Cao managed to leap into the top 10, actually slicing his way into ninth position. Staying there to lap six, the Chinese racer was edged back to 10th before the red flags were shown and was elevated into ninth again in the final result which was taken back a lap.

Double R Racing’s British F4 drivers will be back in action three weeks from now, over the weekend 10th/11th June, at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist takes podium on disrupted weekend at Oulton Park

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21 MAY, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist swept to his fourth British F4 podium of the season at Oulton Park.

Lundqvist took third in the first of three scheduled races at the undulating venue, enjoying a good start to the weekend.

“We had an alright first race; things were going well,” said Lundqvist. “We got a podium out of it and had a car that got quicker and quicker the longer we raced, so it was all quite promising.”

On his way to the podium, Lundqvist also posted the fastest lap of the race by a hefty half-second margin, leaving the young Swede confident of a competitive showing in the up-coming two races.

However, the weekend then took a confusing turn, as a multi-car pile-up in a Porsche Carrera Cup GB race brought about lengthy delays on Saturday afternoon and forced the second F4 race to be moved to Sunday.

While that decision was significant in itself, it also had a knock-on effect, as the tight Sunday time table meant Race 3 had to be lifted off the agenda altogether – organisers eventually opting to provisionally reschedule it for August’s Knockhill round (which will effectively become a four-race meeting).

As Race 2 then actually edged into view on Sunday afternoon, another support-class crash – this time in Clio Cup – then signalled another delay. Once the race did eventually start, it only ran for seven laps before being red-flagged when championship leader Jamie Caroline suffered a heavy accident.

Caroline escaped serious injury, but the race was not restarted and half points were awarded. Lundqvist was classified fifth.

“It’s been a bit of a chaotic weekend,” concluded Lundqvist. “The most important thing in all of this is that Jamie is OK, and as for my own results, I’m reasonably pleased. I’ve made further progress in the championship, and we scored a podium as well as a fastest lap. Hopefully the next event will be less compromised and we can have a good fight for victory in all three races.”

Linus Lundqvist now sits fifth in the standings, just 5.5 points behind third-placed Logan Sargeant.

The next round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost takes place at Croft on June 10-11.

Lundqvist quickest at Thruxton in British F4 test

  • Lundqvist and Caroline share testing honours, as both lap quicker than last year’s pole time.

20 APRIL, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist was fastest in testing at Thruxton circuit for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, ahead of the next rounds of the season which will take place at the 2.4- mile Hampshire circuit on 6-7 May.

Lundqvist was one of only four drivers to break the 1m 14s barrier. The Swedish racer recorded his best time of 1m 13.256s in the morning session; quicker than last year’s pole lap and just over two tenths faster than championship leader Jamie Caroline’s best. The Carlin ace would later top the afternoon session with a time of 1m 13.657s.

Logan Sargeant (Carlin) and Karl Massaad (Double R Racing) joined Lundqvist and Caroline in the 1m 13s bracket in the afternoon to end the day third and fourth respectively.

Oscar Piastri was quickest of the TRS Arden runners in fifth, ahead of Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports), Daniel Cao (Double R Racing) and Alex Quinn (TRS Arden). All four drivers were covered by just over one tenth of a second.

Ayrton Simmons and Yves Baltas were next up on the time sheets, ensuring that all four TRS Arden runners ended the day in the top 10, with Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy just missing out by 0.031s, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) 12th and Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) 13th.

“Testing today has gone very well and it’s really important ahead of the race weekend here. We knew we had a good car and testing today has helped prove that again,” said Lundqvist.

“There’s no words to describe what happened to Billy Monger [at the weekend]. All my thoughts are with him and his family.

“It’s positive to see the motorsport family come together in the way that it has. One day I hope Billy will come back to race just like Alex Zanardi has.”

“In the first session I was P2. Linus and I were quite a bit quicker than anyone else,” explained Caroline. “Then we swapped places in session two. The car was good throughout both sessions and improved as testing progressed.

“It’s so fast here. I had my first win in cars at Thruxton so I’ve always liked it. It’s one of a kind and I’m looking forward to racing around here. It’s a circuit I enjoy and the only track where you brake twice and are then pretty much flat out the rest of the way around.

“It was good to put go P1 this afternoon for Billy. Pole positions, race wins and hopefully even championships; they will all be for Billy now.”

Following an incident in a British F4 race at Donington Park on 16 April, 2017, Billy Monger sadly suffered life changing injuries. A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Thruxton 20 April 2017 (am/pm)
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:13.256 / 1:13.882
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:13.485 / 1:13.657
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:14.411 / 1:13.942
4 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R No time set / 1:13.965
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:14.022 / 1:14.256
6 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:14.028 / 1:14.125
7 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:14.088 / 1:14.751
8 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:14.145 / 1:14.283
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:14.441 / 1:14.659
10 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 1:14.919 / 1:15.289 etc.

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Lundqvist bounces back to take British F4 pole

  • Lundqvist claims double Ford EcoBoost-powered pole.
  • Closely fought qualifying session sees top five drivers covered by less than two tenths.

15 APRIL, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist bounced back in the best way possible from a debut weekend to forget, to take pole position at Donington Park for the fourth round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

A chilly Leicestershire circuit playing host to a thrilling qualifying session with lap times falling rapidly in the closing stages as drivers got their tyres up to optimum temperature.

With under 10 minutes remaining, Lundqvist and the Carlin pairing of Jamie Caroline and Logan Sargeant were the first men to break the 1m 9s barrier. While Sargeant could only improve by a further tenth of a second, Messrs Lundqvist and Caroline continued to better their lap times as the clock ticked down.

Double R’s Karl Massaad and TRS Arden’s Oscar Pisatri then joined the party in the 1m 8s with five minutes to go. Lundqvist was flying though and posted a lap time of 1m 8.195s which would prove good enough for pole, a mere 0.075s clear of Jamie Caroline, with Piastri’s best just 0.007s further adrift. Lundqvist’s second-fastest lap of 1m 8.336s ensured a double pole for the weekend.

“It feels so good to bounce back from such a difficult weekend at Brands,” said Lundqvist. “The yellow flags towards the end stopped us from posting the absolute quickest times when the tyre temperatures were at their optimum. I think without the yellow flags it might have been a different result.”

“The tyre wear is so low at this track. It means you can basically run the whole session without overheating them. So the first part of the session was all about bringing them in as best as possible.

“You need to do your warm up laps and then once you have done them you have to be able to nail your flying lap and that was key for me to get pole before the yellow flags.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do from race one. Hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans.”

Oscar Piastri looked capable of snatching pole with just over a minute remaining. A personal best first sector and quickest second sector of anybody the hallmarks of an absolute flyer. Yet Piastri came to grief at the final corner, pushing fractionally too hard and taking a trip to the tyre barrier.

“The lap I was on before I went off felt really good, but to go green [in the first sector], purple [in the second] and then wall was a bit upsetting,” said Piastri. “We’re still at the sharp end of the grid though so that’s the important thing.

“We used a different strategy to a lot of the others when it came to the tyres. I did a lap and then came into the pits, fitted two new tyres and then went back out again. It meant that my tyres switched on when the track was it its best. It was just unfortunate that it didn’t quite end how I would have hoped.”

With yellow flags waving Piastri’s off effectively brought an end to the session, leaving drivers unable to improve in the final sector.

Championship leader Jamie Caroline profited most as the last man across the line and setting a time good enough to jump ahead of Piastri to second. It ensured front row grid slots for not only round four, but also the final race of the weekend from which he will start from second on the grid courtesy of his second-fastest lap time.

“I had a very messy session,” explained Caroline. “I kept on getting caught up in traffic. I got traffic on one of my quickest laps. I messed up at Old Hairpin on another of my best laps, but to be on the front row again is great.

“Linus is very fast and he was unlucky at Brands so I’m not surprised to see him on pole, especially after pre-season testing. It should be a good fight between him and I. We’re both aggressive drivers and it will be good fun for the spectators to watch.”

Behind Piastri on the timesheets could be found team-mate Alex Quinn in fourth, Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York in fifth as the top qualifying Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrant, and Ayrton Simmons in sixth.

Karl Massaad and Yves Baltas jostled at the top of the times for provisional pole for much of the opening stages. Both drivers improving on their qualifying performance a fortnight ago at Brands Hatch, qualifying seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Ford F4 Challenge Cup runners Billy Monger (JHR Developments) and Harry Webb (Richardson Racing).

Following the qualifying session a number of drivers were found to have gained an advantage by recording fastest laps under yellow flags resulting in a raft of changes to the the grid for rounds four and six.

Lights go out for the first Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the weekend at 1440, followed by round five of the F4 British Championship at 1735.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Donington Park 15 April 2017 (am/pm)
Amended Round 4 grid order
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:08.195
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:08.278
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:08.321
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:08.354
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:08.3777
6 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:08.448
7 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:08.707
8 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:08.756
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:08.777
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:08.792 etc.

Amended Round 6 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Lundqvist – Caroline – Quinn – Massaas – Piastri – Simmons – Monger – Sargeant – York – Pasma etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist determined to strike back at Donington Park

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11 APRIL, 2017 – As the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign resumes at Donington Park this weekend, young Swede Linus Lundqvist is determinated to fight back following a debut weekend to forget – and with a brand new engine to power his Double R Racing-prepared machine.

Lundqvist’s first taste of F4 competition went from promise to frustration a fortnight ago, with the 18-year-old rookie topping Friday free practice but then retiring from all three of the weekend’s races due to recurring technical problems. Heading into the Easter meeting at Donington Park, however, it’s all about positive thinking and new opportunities for the current Formula STCC Nordic champion.

“This is where my season starts,” said Lundqvist. “I’ve put Brands Hatch behind me and am only focusing on the future – and I think it’s a very bright one. The aim this weekend will be to fight for wins and podiums. We have the pace to perform at that level and I hope we can prove it throughout the rest of the year.”

With Double R Racing having worked relentlessly over the last ten days to analyse the events of the season-opener, the decision has been made to install a brand new 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine in Lundqvist’s car ahead of this weekend’s races. Lundqvist shook down the new powerplant at Pembrey on Monday and is now confident the issues are put firmly to rest.

“I’m glad we got a new engine,” Lundqvist concludes. “It’s the best way to ensure a fresh start, and it ran without trouble at Pembrey. We should be running reliably from now on and have things back under control, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and push for a strong result this weekend!”