Alex Dunne: “My mindset hasn’t changed”
Points leader Alex Dunne insists his mindset remains the same heading into the second half of the 2022 ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA season.
The Hitech GP racer has been one of the highest performers in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series so far this year, taking seven race victories, the same number of pole positions and 10 podiums in total to establish himself as the early championship favourite.
His lead has taken a small dent and now stands at 51 points over Carlin’s Oliver Gray after a tricky visit to Croft immediately before the summer shutdown, although in the grand scheme of things, to be frustrated with a reverse grid win and a podium tells the story of Dunne’s 2022 season to-date.
“The season has gone very well so far,” enthuses Dunne. “I think the first race at Donington Park would be a highlight for me, getting that first win of the season is always special!
“My mindset going into Knockhill hasn’t changed from previous races, just to do the best job I can and keep getting consistent results!”
In order to maintain his advantage amongst the next generation of rising stars, the 16-year-old has also booked out the four-week summer hiatus for performance training, in a bid to stay ahead and secure his first major car racing title.
“During the summer break I’ll being doing a lot of performance training to make sure I’m in top shape once the season restarts again, and also a lot of sim racing.”
The new-for-2022 Tatuus T-421 presented the teams and drivers with a fresh challenge at the turn of the year, one Dunne has risen to with aplomb.
“I’m really enjoying the new car, I think it’s a big step up from last years car now having the halo,” he explains. “As a driver it’s definitely helped me a lot, there are quite a few different techniques we’ve had to learn with how different the centre of gravity is. The racing conditions are slightly harder now too, as the car is more affected by dirty air then it used to be.”
Knockhill, Fife hosts the next three rounds of the 2022 championship on 29-31 July.