LUIS CLAIMS THIRD IN FIRST F4 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

via Red Bull Junior Team

#26 Luis Leeds (AUS – Arden Mygale-Ford)
Qualifying 1: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 3rd – Race 1 Result: 10th
Reverse Grid (Top 7) Race 2 Grid: 10th – Race 2 Result: 11th
Qualifying 3: 5th – Race 3 Grid: 5th – Race 3 Result: 5th
British Formula 4: 3rd – 300 points – after 30 of 30 races

Luis Leeds went into the last weekend of the British Formula 4 season with a chance of taking the championship but the cards didn't fall his way and the 16-year-old Australian couldn't move forward in the points table. The combination of a technical problem in practice and a costly error on lap four of the first race were enough to take away the possibility.

It was nevertheless a great season for the Red Bull Junior, winning races so far from his home in Melbourne. "It has been a great year, very tough but very worth it," explained Leeds. "I am very proud of what we have done, proud of the Arden team who gave me everything, a really great bunch of people, I can't thank them enough."

Not meant to be

"This weekend, it just wasn't meant to be. The car broke down in the first free session and I missed out on ten laps. It's a long track and you need all the laps you can get when you are learning it. So I was still learning it in FP2 and got in the full 25."

"Despite that, qualifying wasn't bad, especially as I only got in a couple of real qualifying laps, it was only twenty minutes and we had a couple of red flags so I wasn't too disappointed with third and fifth.

Just one mistake

"Going from P3 in Race 1 was OK but then we had a safety car and on the restart I got wide, there's no room here for the slightest mistake and that put me right at the back. I got back up to tenth but that was disappointing and also it left me tenth on the grid for Race 2."

"That's the point about this year, it's the toughest championship on the toughest circuits and there just isn't any room for the slightest mistake, good reasons to be proud of what we've done."

All good

"We got points from the weekend and held onto third in the championship. Not everything we wanted to get out of the weekend but we gave it everything and took all we could. I am now already looking forward to the next challenge, whatever that is," concluded Leeds.