Warwick: F4 will remove total motorsport confusion
12 September 2012 – Wednesday has seen Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision (MSV) announce a new Formula 4 Championship for next year, which is to be heavily supported by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC). In the opinion of ex F1 driver Derek Warwick, Chairman of the BRDC, this is just what motorsport needs to remove current misunderstandings.
Over recent months, several names in the motorsport world have stressed that the junior formulae must be streamlined to allow true talents to rise to the top; none more so than Gerhard Berger, as the Austrian – who won ten Formula 1 Grands Prix – emphasised that the classes, points systems and regulations of various F3 championships must be rectified.
Warwick believes that the new F4 format is an ideal way to remedy the problem for upcoming British drivers, thus creating a smoother path to F1.
“I have been very worried over the last few years about how our young British drivers of the future are supposed to make that big move from karting to circuit racing,” he begins. “Back in the day there was a relatively simple ladder if you had the talent: Formula Ford, Formula 3, Formula 2 and then Formula 1, if you were good enough.
“We currently have total confusion within our sport in terms of formulae, cost and the best way to gain experience in a cost-effective way. The BRDC Formula 4 Championship gives us exactly what our sport is missing: reliability, slicks, wings, good horsepower and affordability. Most drivers want to gain the right experience as quickly as possible before moving up the racing ladder and this is why the BRDC is backing F4 and MSV. I have known Jonathan Palmer for some 30 years and during that time he has proved that he does things right and gives 100 percent, so this is another reason we have decided to back F4.”
Palmer’s MSV company, which owns several British venues including Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Snetterton, also runs the Formula 2 Championship.