Son of F1 design legend to race at Donington Park this weekend
Harri Newey, son of leading Formula 1 race car designer Adrian Newey, is racing at Donington Park this weekend in the BRDC F4 Championship, and admits he’s “really looking forward to the challenge.”
The 17-year old is in his first season of car racing having graduated from karting, and has grown up immersed in motorsport thanks to the work of his father, Adrian, who with the Williams, McLaren and Red Bull teams, has designed cars that have won over 80 F1 races and 10 World Championships.
“My dad has been a big influence on my career,” Newey commented. “I’ve grown up around motorsport and it’s become a real passion. I have been lucky to attend some of the F1 races and I saw the F1 drivers walking past me and I looked up to them and thought I’d love to be one of them. Dad has been very supportive of my racing and has been able to come to some of the races this year to help me.”
Newey Junior has enjoyed a strong start to his racing career, sitting third in the championship standings with eight podium finishes. The youngster is familiar to Donington Park, but this will be his first time racing at the circuit.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Donington Park this weekend,” he said. “I’ve been to the circuit a couple of times to watch my dad race in classics, and having watched there, it’s nice to be looking forward to racing there.
“I’ve only driven Donington once on a test day, but it wasn’t the full circuit, so I’m looking forward to racing on the full layout. I really enjoy the circuit though, it’s got a lot of undulations and blind, quick corners and it’s very challenging.”
Having grown up around the sport and with his father’s F1 background, Newey is well aware of Donington’s history, and recalls with fondness the classic 1993 race here, won of course by Ayrton Senna. “Donington is a classic track, and the 1993 Grand Prix was very special with Senna’s drive. I’ve seen the classic first lap of that race a few times, I’d love to be able to replicate that drive this weekend, but I can’t make any promises!”
As with all young drivers, Newey has eyes set on reaching the pinnacle of motorsport. “I’m definitely aiming for F1, but it’s a long ladder to get there. But racing is what I like to do and there are a lot of great options out there. A win at Donington this weekend will be the start!”
Newey races three times this weekend, with BRDC F4 also joined on the bill by the final round of this year’s British GT Championship, one of the most prestigious supercar series in the world. Further action comes from the saloons of the Volkswagen Racing Cup, Ginetta Racing Drivers Cup, Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the Formula Jedi Championship.
Tickets for the British GT and BRDC F4 Championships this weekend at Donington Park are available upon arrival at the circuit for £15 per day or £25 for a full two day weekend ticket. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk.