Rising stars: Sky Sports F1 catches up BRDC F4 driver Seb Morris
Welshman targeting title push in final two race weekends
By William Esler. Last Updated: 29/08/13 9:12am
BRDC Rising Star Seb Morris has set his sights on becoming the first Welsh Formula 1 World Champion as he continues to progress through the junior single-seater ranks and Sky Sports F1 Online caught up with him as his season nears its conclusion.
The 17-year-old had originally planned to contest the Formula Renault North European Cup this year after winning the FR BARC Winter Series in 2012. However, a late change of plan saw him switch to Jonathan Palmer's new BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
"When we looked at the championships available, it made more sense to do Formula 4 than NEC when you see the media package and the amount of promotion the series gets," Morris told Sky Sports F1.
"Having a title like F4 is also important because when you are speaking to sponsors they immediately think of it as three steps below F1, rather being unsure of what level certain other series are at.
"It is an all-round great championship and the exposure is brilliant."
Morris is yet to win a race in F4 this season, but consistent points scoring - he has only failed to score once in 18 races - means he sits second in the Drivers' Championship with six races remaining across two weekends.
"When I took part in the Next F1 Star programme on Sky Sports F1, Michael Schumacher told me not to leave a championship until I won it - so I am in no hurry to graduate," the Wrexham-born racer continued.
"If I win the title this year then I will look at doing GP3 next season or maybe F3. However, if I don't there is no harm in doing another year in this series - as Michael told me, taking small steps up to F1 is not a bad thing.
"Overall I would say the season has gone pretty well. We have been very consistent, but we are just lacking a bit of outright pace in the car at the moment. We are making step-by-step improvements at each race weekend, but we need to make a bit of a bigger step to challenge for the championship."
Certainly the young Brit's reputation is rising and he has been chosen by Jack Wills to feature in their 'Young Britons' campaign and Morris is hopeful getting his face noticed will help him in his quest to make it to F1.
"I've been made a 'Jack Wills Young Brit,' so I will be one of the new faces of Jack Wills in North America and South-East Asia as well as having my picture in shop windows here in the UK," he added.
"Hopefully that will mean an F1 Team Principal may see me one day they are out shopping and want to have me as part of their team. It is all about having a solid media package so everyone knows who you are."
The BRDC F4 Championship continues on 7th and 8th September with three races on Snetterton's 300 circuit, before the season finale at Donington Park on 28th and 29th September.