For the first time in BRDC Formula 4 Championship history we have had a clean sweep of victories thanks to Sennan Fielding. The HHC Motorsport run driver claimed his third win of the weekend at Silverstone after two close fights to the finish in races one and two. In the final clash of the weekend the victor bested his team mate Raoul Hyman.
Unlike in his previous races, Fielding had it all under control in race three. After starting on pole he went on to build a 1.7 second margin over Lanan Racing driver Struan Moore, a margin which only began to decrease after Hyman squeezed past on lap six. By the final lap Hyman had managed to get onto terms with his team mate but there just wasn’t time to get the job done. A 0.411 second margin of victory put Fielding into the series history books and Hyman in second place.
Moore held on to his third place by almost two seconds from his own team mate Arjun Maini. Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Alex Palou managed to split the Lanan cars, crossing the line within half a second of Maini and over a second clear of championship leader George Russell, who retains the lead of the title fight despite finishing four places down on his main rival Hyman.
HHC’s third driver, Will Palmer took seventh place in a weekend sure to disappoint after double victory at Snetterton with MGR Motorsport’s Chris Middlehurst and Petroball Racing’s Gaetano di Mauro. Diego Menchaca for Douglas Motorsport put his race two disqualification behind him to round out the top ten.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all at the start of the weekend,” Fielding commented. “We weren’t the quickest on Friday, but it’s just been a perfect weekend with two pole positions and three wins.
“I’m the first driver to do that in F4 and it’s done my championship the world of good. I can’t wait to move on to the next race and keep this up.”
The title fight has heated up after Silverstone with George Russell’s margin at the head of the table down to just eleven points from Raoul Hyman. The triple win for Fielding has moved him to within 20 points of second in the title table with Will Palmer a further seven points behind. All four still have a statistical chance of title glory, and an Arden Motorsport GP3 test. In fact all the top ten statistically could win the title when the series is decided at Snetterton in October.
In the meantime the cars and drivers prepare for the return fixture at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix at the end of the month. Donington Park then forms the penultimate meeting of the year.