British driver Alex Sedgwick will join French F4 for the next round at Magny-Cours this weekend. He will be one of three rookies to join the grid after the long summer break.
Sedgwick has had experience with racing before having competed in the Ginetta Junior Championship last year for JHR Developments. He eventually finished the season tenth overall, but has since taken time off from racing to focus on his education.
Despite this, he goes into his first weekend of competitive single-seater racing with optimism. He aims for points on his first outing, having already competed in various tests over the course of the year.
“Learning a new circuit is always a challenge but the Magny-Cours circuit does have a few corners which are similar to corners I have driven on UK circuits. This at least helped with finding suitable lines to start with. I walked the track the night before the test to work out the best lines and then used these for my first test session,”
The test at Magny-Cours, that happened at the end of July, was a good indicator of Sedgwick’s pace, as the British driver managed to set the third fastest time, in the afternoon session.
“With new tyres I was able to push the car more and, in the faster flat-out corners, the car was more balanced which enabled me to maintain my speed. My fastest time was set towards the end of the session and with more laps I could have gone faster,”
Two other drivers will also be making their debut this weekend, as French drivers Antoine Robert and Jean-Baptiste Mela will be competing in their first single-seater event having made the step up.
Going into the weekend, Valentin Moineault leads the championship on 171 points, with Sacha Fenestraz lies only 21 points behind. The two have broken away from the rest of the field and will be looking to cement their championship credentials with only three events remaining.