16 / 18 April
Some of motorsport's finest up and coming talent has filtered through the BRDC F4, BRDC British F3 and GB3 Championship, with many graduates going on to secure roles in F1 teams, as well as racing, and winning in some of the highest echelons of the junior motorsport ladder, as well as establishing careers in top GT championships. Here's just some of our notable recent graduates:
Achievements: 2016 BRDC British F3 Champion, 2017 Indy Lights: 4th overall with three race wins, Indycar driver 2018-2019
Leist won the 2016 BRDC British F3 championship in a final round thriller at Donington, and was then signed up to race in Indy Lights in the USA. He impressed with three race wins, including the Indy 500-supporting Freedom 100. He moved to Indycar in 2018 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises, and remained with the team in 2019. He moved to IMSA sports cars in 2020.
Current series: 2021 Williams F1 driver
Achievements: 2017 GP3 Champion, 2018 F2 Champion, 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner
Russell won the BRDC F4 Championship in 2014, and went on to race in FIA European F3 for two seasons, culminating in a starring performance at Macau in 2016. He moved to GP3 in 2017 and dominated, securing the championship with two races remaining. Signed up to the Mercedes F1 junior programme in 2017, he has carried out several F1 tests, while winning the F2 Championship in 2018. He graduated to F1 with Williams in 2019, and nearly won the Sakhir GP with Mercedes in 2020. Miraculous performances with Williams saw him qualify inside the top-10 on several occasions in 2021, finish on the podium at Spa, and was then confirmed as a Mercedes F1 driver for the 2022 season.
Current series: 2021 McLaren F1 driver
Achievements: 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, 2017 FIA European F3 Champion
Norris has taken the motorsport world by storm, and within 12 months of graduating from BRDC British F3, was signed up by McLaren F1 as their junior driver, made his F1 test debut in Hungary, and dominated the FIA European F3 Championship. He was runner-up in F2 in 2018, and has impressed since graduating to F1 in 2019, claiming a maiden podium in 2020. He's made further progress in 2021, claiming regular podiums, a maiden pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, and very nearly claimed his first win at the same venue.
Achievements: 2017 BRDC British F3 Champion, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist
In his second season of BRDC British F3, Ahmed dominated. He secured 13 wins from the 24 races and claimed the title with three races remaining. A finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, Ahmed was highly courted by European F3 teams and signed up with Hitech Motorsport ahead of the 2018 season, led the early stages of the championship and finished ninth overall. He's since finished third in Japanese F3, competed in FIA F3 and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.
Current series: DTM
Achievements: GP3 race winner, fastest in F2 end of season test at Abu Dhabi with Russian Time
Maini narrowly missed out on the 2014 BRDC F4 title, pipped in the last race by team mate George Russell. After racing in European F3 for a season and a half he graduated to GP3 in 2016 and remained there for 2017, taking his first win at Catalunya. He moved into F2 in 2018, securing a string of top-10 finishes, and was also signed up by the Haas F1 team as their Development Driver. He switched to Endurance racing in 2019 in the European Le Mans Series, has raced at Le Mans and made his DTM debut in 2021.
Current series: IndyCar/ELMS/F1 reserve driver
Achievements: World Series Formula V8 3.5 Champion 2017, MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Champion 2015-16
The grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, Pietro has gone on to secure championship titles in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 series and MRF Challenge Formula 2000, and raced in selected IndyCar rounds in 2018, and in Endurance Racing. Confirmed as a Haas F1's test driver for 2019, he has featured regularly in testing and made his F1 race debut in the final two races of 2020. He continues to make appearances in IndyCar and sports cars.
Current series: Formula E reserve driver/FIA F2/ Mercedes F1 Simulator driver
Achievements: 2013 & 2015 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist
Hughes was the 2013 BRDC F4 Champion, and finished second in the 2015 Formula Renault ALPS championship. Moving to GP3 in 2016 he claimed two wins before switching to FIA European F3 in 2017, taking a win and seven podiums. Hughes returned to GP3 in 2018 and raced in FIA F3 in 2019 and 20. He's now a reserve driver for the Venturi Racing Formula E team, has made appearances in FIA F2, and is the official simulator driver for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Achievements: 2015 BRDC F4 Champion, 2015 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup runner-up
Palmer was a dominant BRDC F4 champion in 2015, and claimed the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in the same year. Moving up to European competition in 2016, he took his first win at Estoril, and then challenged for the title in 2017, taking three wins and seven additional podiums. He made his FIA F3 debut in 2018.
Achievements: GP3 race winner at Austria 2017, Asian F3 Champion 2018
Hyman finished third overall in the 2014 BRDC F4 Championship with four wins, and has since gone on to compete in FIA European F3 and then graduating to GP3 in 2017 with Campos, taking his first win at Austria, establishing himself as a regular top-10 contender. Hyman has also tested F2 machinery. Hyman joined the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz for the FIA F3 season in 2019, after winning the Asian F3 title in 2018.
Current series: DTM
Achievements: Le Mans Series Asia winner
The son of legendary F1 designer, Adrian Newey, Harri finished second overall in the 2015 BRDC F4 Championship and then graduated to European F3, establishing himself as a regular top-10 challenger. As well as single seaters, Newey has excelled in sports cars and won the Asian Le Mans Series in 2018. He's since competed in SuperFormula in Japan, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the DTM.
Achievements: 2017 British GT Champion, 6th in 2017 Daytona 24 Hours
Morris finished second in the BRDC F4 Championship in 2013, and graduated to Formula Renault in Europe, claiming third in the championship in 2014. He graduated to GP3 in 2015 and then moved to British GT in 2016, finishing third in his rookie season, before clinching the title in 2017. He raced at the Daytona 24 Hours in 2017, leading the race for three hours and finishing sixth overall. As a works Bentley driver, he returned to British GT in 2019, and raced overseas in 2020. Further international action for Lamborghini and BMW has followed in 2021.
Current series: Indy Lights
Achievements: Raced at Daytona 24 Hours after winning Sunoco Whelen Challenge, FR Americas champion 2020
Lundqvist was the man to beat in BRDC British F3 in 2018, claiming seven wins across the season, and taking the crown at Silverstone after a late fight back from Nicolai Kjaergaard. His performances also landed him a drive at the Daytona 24 Hours courtesy of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, and after taking a win during the EuroFormula Open Winter Series, moved up to the category full time in 2019. He won the Formula Regional Americas title in 2020, and secured an Indy Lights drive for 2021 as a result. Finishing third overall, he secured a prize IndyCar test, as he looks to move up to the USA's premier category in 2022.
Current series: ELMS LMP2
Achievements: McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner 2018, ELMS LMP3 champion
Gamble joined BRDC British F3 for the 2018 season, his first campaign in single seaters, and immediately established himself as the top British candidate with a podium at Oulton Park and a win at Rockingham. A further win followed at Silverstone, and multiple podiums ensured he finished fifth overall. Nominated for the McLaren Autosport Award, he excelled in the assessments at Silverstone and was named as the winner of the most prestigious motorsport award in the UK. He won the ELMS LMP3 crown in 2020, and moves up to LMP2 in 2021. He made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut at the wheel of a Porsche 911 in the same season.
Achievements: BRDC British F3 podium finisher, Pau GP winner 2019
Monger's return to racing in BRDC British F3 was a story that spread around the world. After suffering life changing injuries in an F4 crash in 2017, he claimed an emotional podium first time out on his racing return in British F3, and scored three more rostrum results and a double pole at Donington. He raced in EuroFormula in 2019 and won the prestigious Pau Grand Prix. He appeared in a BBC documentary about his recovery, and is a regular face on the Channel 4 on-screen presenting team for Formula One.
Current series: FIA F3
Achievements: 2019 BRDC British F3 Champion, FIA F3 podium finisher
Novalak first raced in British F3 in 2018, competing in selected events and taking a pole position on his debut. He returned for a full season with Carlin in 2019, and stormed to the title with a consistent campaign that saw him take victories and regular podiums. He remained with the team as he stepped up to the FIA F3 Championship and enjoyed a strong season which included a podium at Silverstone. He switched to Trident for a second season in the championship in 2021, claimed multiple podiums and helped Trident to win the Teams' Championship.
Current series: FIA F3
Achievements: Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award Winner 2019, Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner 2019
Hoggard won more races than any other driver in the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship, and took the title fight to the wire with Clement Novalak. Hoggard ultimately missed out, but did claim the Sunoco Whelen Challenge prize and the drive at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2020, where he impressed with Precision Performance Motorsports. He has also impressed in FIA F3 testing, and claimed the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award. He made his FIA F3 race debut in 2021 after a late call-up from Jenzer Motorsport, and claimed points finishes despite a lack of running.
Current series: FIA F3
Achievements: 2020 BRDC British F3 Champion
American Frederick became the first driver from the USA to claim the British F3 crown after storming to the title in 2020. Frederick won nine races and claimed three additional podiums, securing the title in the final race of the year with Carlin. He remained with the team as he stepped up to the FIA F3 category for 2021.
Current series: IndyCar
Achievements: Indy Lights runner-up in 2018, six-time IndyCar race winner, third overall in 2020.
Herta, son of former IndyCar racer Bryan Herta, raced in BRDC British F3 in 2016, claiming a win at Brands Hatch and two podiums at Oulton Park. Finishing third in EuroFormula in the same year, he moved up to Indy Lights in 2017, finishing third overall in his first season. He improved to the runner-up spot in 2018, while also making his IndyCar debut at the end of the season. He won just his third IndyCar event at the Circuit of Americas in 2019, and has become a regular winner since, with a best championship result of third overall in 2020. He won three races on the way to fifth overall in 2021, but with his best points tally yet.
Current series: IndyCar
Achievements: Third in Japanese F3 2017, third in Super Formula 2019, IndyCar champion 2021
Alex Palou raced in a single BRDC F4 event at Silverstone in 2014, with a best result of fourth with Sean Walkinshaw Racing. His career then took him to GP3, Japanese F3, World Series Formula V8, FIA F2, before taking third in Super Formula in Japan in 2019. Moving up to IndyCar in 2020, he finished 16th overall in his first season with a single podium. But his 2021 season was incredible as he claimed three wins and five additional podiums to claim the IndyCar Championship title at just his second attempt, 38 points clear of his opposition.
Current series: FIA F2
Achievements: McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner 2017, Macau Grand Prix winner 2017/2018, FIA F3 runner-up 2018, multiple FIA F2 race winner
Dan Ticktum raced with Double R in the 2016 Autumn Trophy, taking a victory and an additional podium finish. Since then, he's won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, twice won the Macau Grand Prix, finished as runner-up in the FIA F3 Championship, won races in FIA F2 and been involved with the Red Bull and Williams F1 teams as a development driver.
2020 - Kaylen Frederick
2019 - Clement Novalak
2018 - Linus Lundqvist
2017 - Enaam Ahmed
2016 - Matheus Leist
2014 - Martin Cao
2013 - Jordan King
2012 - Jack Harvey
2011 - Felipe Nasr
2010 - Jean-Eric Vergne
2009 - Daniel Ricciardo
2008 - Jaime Alguersuari
2007 - Marko Asmer
2006 - Mike Conway
2005 - Alvaro Parente
2004 - Nelson Piquet Jr
2003 - Alan van der Merwe
2002 - Robbie Kerr
2001 - Takuma Sato
2000 - Antonio Pizzonia
1999 - Marc Hynes
1998 - Mario Haberfeld
1997 - Jonny Kane
1996 - Ralph Firman
1995 - Oliver Gavin
1994 - Jan Magnussen
1993 - Kelvin Burt
1992 - Gil de Ferran
1991 - Rubens Barrichello
1990 - Mika Hakkinen
1989 - David Brabham
1988 - JJ Lehto
1987 - Johnny Herbert
1986 - Andy Wallace
1985 - Mauricio Gugelmin
1984 - Johnny Dumfries
1983 - Ayrton Senna
1982 - Tommy Byrne
1981 - Jonathan Palmer
1980 - Stefan Johansson
1979 - Chico Serra
1978 - Derek Warwick, Nelson Piquet
1977 - Stephen South. Derek Daly
1976 - Bruno Giacomelli, Rupert Keegan
1975 - Gunnar Nilsson
1974 - Brian Henton
1973 - Ian Taylor, Tony Brise
1972 - Roger Williamson, Rikky van Opel
1971 - Roger Williamson, Dave Walker
1970 - Dave Walker, Tony Trimmer, Carlos Pace
1969 - Emerson Fittipaldi
1968 - Tim Schenken
1967 - Harry Stiller
1966 - Harry Stiller
1965 - Tony Dean, Roy Pike
1964 - Jackie Stewart, Rodney Banting, Sverrir Thoroddsson
1959 - Don Parker
1958 - Trevor Taylor
1957 - Jim Russell
1956 - Jim Russell
1955 - Jim Russell, Henry Taylor
1954 - Les Leston
1953 - Don Parker
1952 - Don Parker
1951 - Eric Brandon