Karters to join Formula 1® heroes at the British Grand Prix


Motorsport UK has launched a nationwide competition, offering kart licence holders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join their Formula 1® heroes on the start grid at this year’s Formula 1® 2019 Rolex British Grand Prix.

Open to all karters aged between seven and ten years old - on Sunday 14 July, the date of the British Grand Prix - Motorsport UK competition winners will become FIA ‘F1 Future Stars’ for the day, with VIP access to the Formula 1® Paddock and grid at Silverstone.

‘F1 Future Stars’ was launched in 2018 by Formula 1® and The FIA, offering young motorsport enthusiasts the chance to accompany the F1 drivers on the start grid for the national anthem before each race. As a champion for grassroots motorsport, Motorsport UK is once again making the opportunity exclusively available to kart licence holders, many of whom aspire to one day make it to Formula 1® themselves.

Motorsport UK first ran the competition in 2018, giving young karters a day they’ll never forget. Debbie Clark, whose son Archie was one of the inaugural ‘FIA F1 Future Stars’, said: “Our experience at Silverstone last year has had a huge impact on Archie. He is so motivated to try hard every single day now. He exercises whenever he can and is really focused on a healthy diet. This was all inspired by meeting his hero, Lewis Hamilton.

“The whole experience brought the pinnacle of racing closer to home and made us all believe anything is possible if you try hard. It was beyond inspiring and was truly life changing. When a little boy’s dreams come true it has an impact far beyond anything you can imagine.”

Simon Parker, father of karter Skye Parker, added “Skye loved every moment of it. For an eight-year-old who has never been to a Grand Prix before - having the opportunity to meet drivers that she has only seen on TV - was mega.

“I honestly believe that a lot of Skye’s recent ethic for racing is directly attributable to the ‘FIA F1 Future Stars’ opportunity. It has made her even more of a racer than she was before. But I also see it in her other activities. There was an opportunity to get on the school council and represent her class. It required her working on a presentation, presenting to the class and securing the votes of her classmates (not something I would see her doing beforehand). After the ‘FIA F1 Future Stars’ application she saw it as something less daunting…and she won the nomination!”

Motorsport UK is pleased to announce that eight-year-old Frazer Anderson is the first of its 2019 ‘FIA F1 Future Stars’, having secured his place after winning the 2018 Bambino Kart Championship.

Motorsport UK is now looking for seven more youngsters to become 'FIA F1 Future Stars’ at this year’s British Grand Prix.

The governing body is inviting all its kart competition licence holders within the specified age range (and other criteria) to record a short video message (approximately 30 seconds), introducing themselves and stating: why they want to be an ‘FIA F1 Future Star’; what it would mean to them to represent karting at the British Grand Prix; and who their F1 hero (past or present) is and why? This should be accompanied by a supporting email from their headteacher.

The video messages will be reviewed by a panel of Formula 1® experts, after which the winners will be announced in June.

Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, said: "This is a fantastic initiative. Eight young karters will get to experience an unforgettable day at this year’s British Grand Prix, soaking up the pre-race atmosphere in the Paddock before joining their heroes on the grid ahead of the race. The opportunity to represent British motorsport - and grassroots karting in particular - will inspire our competition winners, both on and off the track; and hopefully motivate any future young drivers who may be sat in the grandstands or watching from home, to get involved with this amazing sport.”

For further details, including how to enter Motorsport UK’s 'FIA F1 Future Star’ competition, click here.

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