Despite having not officially signed a contract for the new season, it was Jamie Caroline who left Monday’s F4 British Championship Media day on top of the time sheets. This was not the first time he’s stepped foot into the Carlin car this year and with one space left in the team, is in line to take the seat.
Both the morning and afternoon threw up some surprises with drivers getting use to the machinery. The morning ended with a red flag as Linus Lundqvist beached his car, while the afternoon’s late running was reduced thanks to birthday boy Lucas Alecco Roy.
Caroline’s time of a 1min 08.106, put him almost two tenths ahead of Lundqvist during the afternoon, the Swede also put in the most laps, completing 136 circuits of Donington Park. Both competitors also finished inside the top four during the morning and will be the duo to keep an eye on when the season rolls around.
Third overall was another returning star in the shape of Billy Monger. He’ll be keen to jump out of Sennan Fielding‘s shadow as he leads the JHR Developments line-up. Monger though was only two thousandths of a second in front of Oscar Piastri ensuring four teams filled the top four.
After being the man to beat in the morning with a time of 1min 09.200, Logan Sargeant failed to threaten the top four with the same being said for his TRS Arden rival Ayrton Simmons in sixth.
Alex Quinn, is yet to commit to 2017 and his test for Arden could open some doors, with his former team Fortec Motorsport also yet to fill their squad. Fortec though could be putting their commitment into two rookies as Oliver York and Jonathan Hoggard finished eighth and ninth in front of Harry Webb.
With Karl Massaad swapping slots for Quinn during the afternoon session, in total, 19 drivers made it onto the track, as the season starts on 1-2 April at Brands Hatch.
|1||38||Jamie Caroline||Carlin||GBR||1min 08.106||103|
|2||26||Linus Lundqvist||Double R||SWE||1min 08.298||136||0.192|
|3||23||Billy Monger||JHR Dev.||GBR||1min 08.407||72||0.301|
|4||81||Oscar Piastri||TRS Arden||AUS||1min 08.409||97||0.303|
|5||31||Logan Sargeant||Carlin||USA||1min 08.423||113||0.317|
|6||12||Ayrton Simmons||TRS Arden||GBR||1min 08.636||102||0.530|
|7||46||Alex Quinn||TRS Arden||GBR||1min 08.674||45*||0.568|
|8||5||Oliver York||Fortec||GBR||1min 08.758||128||0.652|
|9||33||Jonathan Hoggard||Fortec||GBR||1min 08.931||128||0.825|
|10||2||Harry Webb||Richardson R||GBR||1min 08.962||100||0.856|
|11||64||Olli Caldwell||TRS Arden||GBR||1min 09.012||100||0.906|
|12||21||Patrik Pasma||Carlin||FIN||1min 09.146||89||1.040|
|13||22||Manuel Sulaiman||JHR Dev.||MEX||1min 09.526||104||1.420|
|14||92||Daniel Cao||Double R||CHN||1min 09.810||136||1.704|
|15||27||Karl Massaad||Double R||LBN||1min 09.825||61*||1.719|
|16||6||Lucas A. Roy||Carlin||GER||1min 10.329||81||2.223|
|17||91||Jacky Liu||GW Motorsport||CHN||1min 10.444||82||2.338|
|18||89||Jamie Sharp||Sharp M/Sport||GBR||1min 10.600||74||2.494|
|19||29||Lucca Allen||Falcon||IRL||1min 10.760||67||2.651|
*Karl Massaad only ran in the morning session, while Alex Quinn only appeared in the afternoon.
All of the personal best times, except Massaad’s, were set in the afternoon session.