19 October, 2015
22-year old racing driver, Alex Jones, enjoyed his first taste of 'slicks and wings' as he got behind the wheel of the all-new 2016 BRDC Formula 4 car at Donington Park last week.
The Fomula Vee racer from Radlett got a hold of the Tatuus-Cosworth under the wing of CDR as he assesses options for the 2016 season, and he impressed Team Principle, Chris Dittmann, and driver coach, Kieran Vernon, with his performance.
Jones successfully completed over 40-laps throughout the course of the day, starting with 10-lap runs as he adapted to the car before progressing onto longer stints in the afternoon.
The BRDC Formula 4 Championship features a 24-race calendar, hosted over eight meetings, and has already propelled the careers of up and coming British talents such as Charlie Robertson and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, George Russell, since its inauguration in 2013.
"It was great to experience the 2016 BRDC Formula 4. The car was really easy to drive, and the grip it had was phenomenal; the faster you go, the more grip there is, as the aero really kicks in on the corners.
"I'd like to thank Chris Dittmann and CDR for the test. They were really good with me - taking it slowly at first and building it up, as this is a huge step up from Formula Vee. It wasn't just the aero which was different, but also the speed - it is much quicker in a straight line and you can really attack the corners with this car.
"I got some very positive feedback from Chris and Kieran, and of course I leant a lot with their help and advice.
"On the whole, I'm very pleased with the test. I feel I adapted to the car and got comfortable relatively quickly. BRDC F4 is definitely an option for 2016 - it all rests on whether we can find the right backing and put a suitable package together."
Chris Dittmann (Team Principal) - Chris Dittmann Racing:
"Alex did a great job on the test day and progressed well in every session. It was a huge jump in performance to the Formula Vee he is used to driving but he adapted very well.
"One of the most difficult aspects he needed to learn was left foot braking however he quickly got used to it and could concentrate more on his driving technique."