Rising British motorsport prospects will be profiled in a new six-part series to be shown on Sky Sports F1, starting on October 7.
Entitled ‘Britain’s Next F1 Star’, the documentaries will take an in-depth look at the next generation of British drivers who are attempting to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.
The six drivers featured – Seb Morris, Jordan King, Josh Hill, Alice Powell, Dean Smith and Alex Brundle – are all already working their way up the racing ladder, and Sky Sports F1 has been given unprecedented access to the drivers and their families.
Breaking into top-level motorsport is a tough and requires not just raw pace and talent, but an incredible amount of dedication and family support.
The series will provide a unique insight into what happens away from the track and the level of support families are required to burden whilst a young driver makes his way up through the ranks.
All of the featured racers compete in a number of different categories, highlighting the many different routes into F1.
‘Britain’s Next F1 Star’ begins with a look at 16-year-old Welsh racer Seb Morris’ motor racing career to date as he strives for a potential future in the pinnacle of world motorsport – Formula 1.
As one of six young racers to be featured during the series, which is produced by USP Content and sponsored by Scalextric, the Welsh driver is currently in his first year of single-seater action in the Formula Renault Championship, and is on the fast track to greater success.
Graduating to Formula Renault, a series won by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen in their early careers, from the ranks of Ginetta Juniors, Seb has made a major impact by winning only his second ever race in single-seaters.
Morris won the Ginetta Junior title in 2011 having already made history by winning the previous year’s Winter Series at the tender age of 14.
With a look at his formative career, coupled with a glance at his life away from the motorsport paddock as well, the highlight of the filming process for the Ginetta Ambassador was the chance to meet, and interview, his sporting hero – seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.
“It’s fantastic my programme is the first of the series, I’m really happy about that”, said Seb, “I was so surprised when I had the chance to interview Michael.
“I was really shocked – we all were – when I got the call to say I needed to be at the Mercedes team factory the next morning for a certain time to meet Michael.Britain’s Next F1 Star – USP Content promo
He added: “It was such a special moment for me, he’s been my idol all through my racing career and there he was, looking me straight in the eye, while I interviewed him – fantastic!
“I really can’t thank Michael, and everyone at the Mercedes F1 team, enough for making it happen.”
As Seb’s highly impressive maiden season in single-seater racing nears its conclusion, the exposure the documentary will provide will be absolutely crucial as he strives to attract the sponsorship to carry his career forward through the upper echelons of the sport towards a career in F1.
“It’s a huge boost for me to be featured on something like this, it really helps put me in the limelight and the great thing is it also shows how hard young racing drivers have to work,” said Seb.
“It’s not just about rocking up to the track and driving a car, there’s a lot more to it and especially so when you’re trying to build a professional career towards F1.
“The filming was great to be involved with and the cameras followed me everywhere, school, testing, at home and at the track. I think it’s a good story – I hope everyone enjoys it!”
‘Britain’s Next F1 Star’ will be broadcast on Thursdays on Sky Sports F1 HD at 7.30pm, starting on October 4, with a number of repeat showings daily.
Episode guide below:
Seb is the youngest ever winner of the Ginetta Junior Championship and is aiming to become the first ever Welsh F1 World Champion.
Racing consumes every aspect of the motorsport obsessed teen’s life and, with the unstinting support of his property developer father and his mother, ‘Team Seb’ are aiming to emulate the 16-year-old’s hero – Michael Schumacher.
Jordan is the youngest driver in modern Formula 2, having contested three rounds of the series in 2011, and is currently competing in Formula Renault.
The 18-year-old, who is the son of Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King, takes Sky through the hurdles that he still faces if he is to achieve his goal of racing in Formula 1.
Josh is the latest member of his family to try and crack F1 following in the footsteps of his grandfather Graham, World Champion in 1962 and 1968, and his father Damon, World Champion in 1996.
Josh was bitten by the racing bug later in life than some of his rivals, but hasn’t looked back since winning the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in 2008.
The 21-year-old’s performances are constantly closely scrutinised and compared to those of his father and grandfather, and Josh tells the show about the pressures the family legacy has placed on him.
Alice was the first female to win a Formula Renault BARC race before going on to take the title that season, becoming the first female champion at the tender age of 18.
The show highlights the obstacles facing an aspiring racing driver, whilst female racer Tiff Chittenden also appears and insists that there is still a place for women in F1.
Dean is the oldest driver to feature in the series and for the British driver time is running out for the 24-year-old to break into F1.
With a new bride and baby to think about, as well as his own business, the show follows a hard-working Dean as he looks to balance all aspects of his life.
Dean is a former winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the year award, following in the footsteps of David Coulthard, Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta. However, after a spell out of the cockpit, it is make or break for the Brit.
As the son of former F1 driver turned TV commentator Martin Brundle, Alex is used to having every aspect of his racing career closely scrutinised.
The show follows the Brundles as they deal with another family member attempting to reach the top tier of motor-racing, whilst big names like McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh tips Alex for a successful career.
As a qualified ARDS instructor Alex also teaches racing enthusiasts the basics, including The Feeling’s drummer Paul Stewart, who invites the 22-year-old into the studio for a session.
Britain’s Next F1 Star on Sky Sports F1 is sponsored by Scalextric