Devlin DeFrancesco is determined to get his F4 British Championship title challenge back on track this weekend at Silverstone (September 17-18), with only six races remaining in the 2016 season.
The Carlin youngster endured a difficult weekend at the tight and twisty Rockingham ‘roval’ and slipped to fifth in the standings as a result, but the 16-year-old hasn’t given up hope of getting himself back into contention following a productive test at the Home of British Motorsport.
“The last few rounds haven’t gone our way due to some mistakes on my side and definitely a few misfortunes, but a lot of things heading to Silverstone look like they’re coming together,” said Devlin.
“You always have to remain upbeat about the championship. I’m not giving up until the last round is over and if it goes our way there, we could find ourselves right back in the fight at Brands, so the main target is to knuckle down and get the best result possible. I’m really looking forward to getting back with the boys in blue and really think it could be a strong weekend if it all comes together.”
The F4 British Championship uses the Silverstone National layout, which at just 1.6 miles, is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar. That means lots of trips through the iconic Copse corner, which ranks the Canadian’s favourite on the circuit.
“I like Turn 1 a lot, it’s really fast on the limit,” Devlin explained. “You have to get on the edge of that exit kerb without breaching the track limits, which is really hard to do. It’s a really power-dependant track, that’s definitely where we will see the answers to some of the questions we had leaving Rockingham. Our engineers have done an awesome job and we’ll see what FP1 brings.”
Devlin supplemented his experience in the British championship with a strong showing in the Italian F4 championship at Vallelunga, where he collected a seventh top-ten finish of the season with Mucke Motorsport.
“The team made some big strides forward,” Devlin continued. “They’ve done a fantastic job and the engineers really worked hard. It’s a shame I didn’t deliver the maximum in qualifying, but we showed how competitive we were by topping FP2 and the next round is at Imola, which should be a really strong showing for us. I’m really upbeat for the last few races in both championships.”
Schedule of events – British F4 Championship, Round 9, Silverstone
Saturday 17th September: Qualifying at 10:30, Race 1 at 15:10.
Sunday 18th September: Race 2 at 09:40, Race 3 at 15:15.