Ricky Collard: “I’m really fortunate to have a lot of options”


Following in the footsteps of his father Rob, Ricky Collard is making a name for himself in motorsport, although unlike his Touring Car father, the younger Collard is trying to make it in single-seaters, with the aim to race in Formula 1.

His 2015 campaign saw him compete with TRS Arden in MSA Formula, and although Collard was the victim of the dreadful driving of Dan Ticktum at Silverstone that saw the Fortec Motorsports driver banned from Motorsport for two years, he was still able to claim the runners-up spot behind Lando Norris.

“I think we did a good job, obviously to finish vice champion in such a prestigious championship as the MSA Formula is good,” said Collard to The Checkered Flag at the Autosport International Show.

“I’m obviously a bit frustrated that we didn’t win and obviously with some of the situations that happened throughout the year, but I know its made me a stronger and better person.

“There are a load of things I am going to take into this year that’ll maybe help me secure a championship.”

Despite being close to the MSA Formula title, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award nominee Collard does not expect to return to the championship in 2016, with a move up the ladder the most likely outcome, although a move to GT Racing is not out of the question.

“I’ll probably be moving up,” said Collard. “There are a lot of different options that have come from the McLaren Autosport award with regards to GTs and other single seater series, and not just in the UK but also Europe. 

“A lot of people are asking if I’m going to Eurocup Formula Renault, its a good possibility, and I also think the BRDC F4 with the new car and a lot more power, grip and aero will be a really good series as well, so I’ve got to sit down and have a think, and see what we can do.

“I’m really fortunate to have a lot of options, I’m just trying to tie up some sponsorship deals at the moment, that’s why its important to be here on days like today, but hopefully we can seal something up and move forward.”

Collard is thankful for the support his father, British Touring Car Championship ace Rob Collard, and has not ruled out the possibility of following his dad into the BTCC in the future, although for the time being Formula 1 is his ambition.

“My dad’s been a good influence on me,” insisted Collard, “but obviously touring cars are slightly different to how we have to drive single seaters. Touring cars is something I’d quite like to do one day, I love the racing, I love the entertainment that you get from it, and how close it is.

“I think for a young driver you have to focus on Formula 1, but obviously its becoming harder and harder with the financial costs that are so high, so its important for days like today to come along and meet people, introduce yourself, do interviews with you guys, and just get my name out there.”