Petr gears up for Spanish F4 debut
Petr Ptacek Jr will make his debut in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship as the series kicks off at the MotorLand Aragón circuit this weekend.
The 15-year-old, who currently occupies second place in the Italian F4 Championship Rookie Cup standings after only two rounds, has boosted his 2018 racing programme by committing to five rounds of the Spanish series with the Formula de Campeones squad.
The Czech driver has made a strong start to his first season in single-seater racing, claiming five Italian F4 Rookie podiums and impressing many with his speed of learning and determined approach on the track.
This weekend’s F4 races at MotorLand Aragón will mark the first time Petr has ever driven at the 5.34km track that is located close to the town of Zaragoza.
But the Corum Watches-supported driver is confident he can perform well and continue his good start to the season.
“I definitely have more experience on the tracks in Italy, but I’m still feeling positive and confident about what I can achieve in the Spanish F4 series,” he said. “My success in Italy has given me confidence – but I’m not taking anything for granted.
“I’m never satisfied with what I’ve achieved and the work I’ve done. I will always keep pushing to improve and that will definitely be the case this weekend as Aragon isn’t a track I know very well.”
Competing in Spain will be a new experience for Petr as the grid sizes will be around half the size they are in Italy where upwards of 30 cars do battle for points and podiums. But he’s relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with a new crop of drivers on Spanish soil.
“I’m expecting my racing in Spain to be a different kind of challenge and a new learning experience,” he said. “But it’s going to be great to learn some new tracks and it’s always handy to get some additional F4 seat time.”