Alex Quinn will start the British Formula 4 championship with TRS Arden, but money problems could see the reigning rookie champion miss rounds later in the season.
Quinn has been quick in testing and his rookie efforts last year promise a strong second season, but the teenager is still in need of sponsors if he wants to compete throughout the season.
“I want to race in British F4 for the whole season, so I need to perform in the first four meetings to attract sponsors and prove that I can fight at the front for the championship,” Quinn said.
The Racing Steps Foundation backed driver finished seventh in the overall standings last season and dominated the rookie championship, taking the title by more than 150 points. Over the course of 30 races he took three overall race wins and six podium finishes.
With strong performances in preseason testing so far, Quinn looks set to continue that success, if funding is found.
“It was a brilliant feeling to be quickest at Brands Hatch and then quickest in the morning session at Snetterton, especially given the limited time I had with the team and the car in 2017 compared to a lot of other drivers,” he said.
Quinn predicts it will be an excellent year for Arden, who have already confirmed Yves Baltas, Olli Caldwell, Oscar Piastri, and Ayrton Simmons for their 2017 campaign.
Team manager Ben Bloomfield is also expecting a strong year for the team.
“It was great to see that someone like Alex can get behind the wheel of one of our cars and go so well from the outset,” he said. “It’s a huge testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone.
“The team have worked really hard all winter. The drivers have been putting in the effort in training and we have shown that we can be consistently on top.
“I know we have the best team and a strong driver line up for the 2017 season.”
Image credit: Caroline Rhea