Charlie Robertson drove to fifth in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship standings after his first single-seater event of his career.
The reigning Ginetta Junior champion took a best result of fourth in the third and final race of the season opening event at Silverstone, also finishing fifth and seventh in the first and second races respectively.
“The main thing this weekend was to score well in each race, which we’ve done, and have a strong start to the season so I’m happy enough with that”, said Robertson “It would have been nice to be on the podium but for my first three races in single-seaters, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.”
Robertson only managed to qualify in ninth for round one, having to back off from his fastest lap due to yellow flags being shown. He was later promoted to eighth following Pietro Fittipaldi‘s exclusion from the session.
A strong drive in race one saw Robertson battle back to sixth place, having dropped to 11th on the opening lap of the race, before passing rival Struan Moore for fifth at the final complex on the final lap.
The reverse grid for race two saw Robertson start from fourth, however found himself back down in eighth after a robust opening. By lap three he was back into sixth, but rather than looking ahead, had his eyes fixed firmly on his mirrors, as the pressure mounted. He eventually succumbed on the penultimate lap, coming through to finish in seventh.
Robertson started from fifth for the final race, moving up to fourth as he chased a podium at the inaugural Formula 4 event, but could not chase down the top three, finishing 1.5 seconds behind the third place finisher.
“Race three was definitely our best chance of a podium and if I hadn’t got pushed back at the start then I think we had the pace to do it”, continued Robertson “Overall it’s been a decent start for us, a good foundation to build on during the next rounds at Brands Hatch.”