McLaren Racing to continue prize experience for 2023 ROKiT British F4 Champion
McLaren Racing will continue to provide a unique opportunity for the 2023 ROKiT F4 British Championship winner to embed themselves within their Formula 1 team at the 2024 British Grand Prix.
Alex Dunne claimed the 2022 Championship and will be the first recipient of the experience, designed to give drivers an immersive and thorough understanding of Formula 1, at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
The experience includes access to the Woking-based team and industry-leading engineering staff.
With the Champion also given a fully funded Formula Regional test courtesy of tyre suppliers Pirelli, plus ROKiT British F4’s position as the only UK single seater category to offer FIA Super Licence points, the championship continues to cement its position as a must-do for drivers with serious aspirations to progress within the sport.
Visibility to Formula 1 teams has never been higher in the series. Last year, Motorsport UK’s first as the organiser and promoter of the category, the grid featured three F1 junior drivers, with Ugo Ugochukwu, Daniel Guinchard and Ollie Gray representing McLaren Racing, Mercedes-AMG, and Williams respectively.
“McLaren Racing’s support of the ROKiT British F4 is greatly valued and offers a unique opportunity for a driver to embed themselves in a team at the top end of the sport,” commented Hugh Chambers, Chief Executive Officer of Motorsport UK.
“Motorsport UK is committed to creating meaningful pathways through the sport for drivers competing in the series. This unique opportunity to gain an insight into what it takes to compete in Formula 1 will be invaluable to the 2023 Champion as they consider their next steps.
“Silverstone is always one of the highlights of the Formula 1 calendar, so it should make for a very enjoyable, as well as instructive, experience. We’ll be watching on with great interest next year as 2022 champion Alex Dunne is the first to receive the prize.
“Our thanks go to Zak Brown and to McLaren Racing for their continued support of the championship.”
“McLaren Racing is delighted to continue supporting the British F4 Championship by inviting the 2023 champion to join our Formula 1 race team at the British Grand Prix in 2024,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing.
“The series is an excellent platform for young drivers to continue their development as proven by our current Formula 1 line-up of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, who both excelled in the single-seater championship.
“We look forward to welcoming 2022 champion Alex Dunne to Silverstone with the team next year.”
The UK has a long and rich heritage for producing the sport’s rising stars, with a world-renowned set of circuits, several of the world’s leading junior single seater teams and strong ties to every corner of the sport, often producing a grid with exceptional talents from around the world.
Both McLaren Racing drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri embarked on their single seater journeys in the category, as the 2015 Champion and 2017 runner-up respectively.