Seb Morris: “I have to keep my name up there”

Nineteen-year-old Seb Morris will race in the GP3 Series with the Status Grand Prix team having made the move up from Formula Renault 2.0.

The Welsh-born Briton is also part of the MSA Team UK initiative for 2015, and will also represent the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, and will be joined at Status by Alex Fontana and Sandy Stuvik.

Talking to The Checkered Flag ahead of his GP3 Series debut at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain this weekend, Morris revealed it was a go-karting party with his friends as a child that got him into motorsports.

“I got into motorsport at a Go-Karting party when I was 7 years old,” revealed Morris. “I lapped all my friends twice, and the manager at the centre recommended to my father that I take it up professionally.

”[My career so far has been] up and down, I should definitely have won more than I have, but I have learned from the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and will carry this forward into the 2015 GP3 season.”

After competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2014 with Fortec Motorsports, Morris believed moving up into the GP3 Series this season was the right move for him. He took two wins in NEC in 2014, finishing third in the championship and was in contention for the championship until the final round of the season at the Nurburgring.

“Yes, it’s the logical step [to move up] as the championship is so well accredited, respected and recognised,” insisted Morris.

”I learned a lot with the [Fortec] team, and it was important to come in the top 3 to make my mark in the European racing scene.”

Morris tested with Status Grand Prix and was immediately on the pace, and the Briton knew he wanted to join the team for the 2015 season. He also admitted he was impressed with the team’s set-up.

”[The deal] came about after our positive test at Abu-Dhabi, in which we were always running in the top 3,” said Morris. “I bonded with the team and they bonded with me, and a deal was always going to come sooner or later.

“The team organisation impresses me, and the designated roles. In motorsport sometimes you find you have one person doing three peoples jobs. Status doesn’t have that, hence why they work so effectively.”

Morris knows this season will be important in the long term for his career, and hopes to make his mark by securing good results and possibly wins in his rookie year.

”2015 is as important as all [years] are,” insisted Morris. “I have to keep my name up there and make a good showing for British talent.

“I am going to do is try my hardest and try to get up to the front end of the grid as quickly as possible… and winning, hopefully!”