Mighty Malvern hopes for Formula 2 season
PUBLISHED: 13:04 15 December 2011
Barkingside racer Scott Malvern is hopeful of a place in Formula Two next season.
And although the 22-year-old admits it is a big step up, he feels it is now or never if he wants to progress in his career.
“Things over the winter have been going great and we are now in final negotiations,” said Malvern, the current Formula Ford Champion after winning 26 of the 33 races this season.
“I am hopeful of a spot in Formula 2, though I know it will be difficult and is a big step up. In terms of motorsport I am getting on in age having developed late into it.”
“There is a big financial jump, but the rewards are greater as well. It would be great to race across Europe at Grand Prix circuits, while there is a lot more television coverage as well.
“It is almost 100 per cent, but I am hopeful it will all be sorted in the next few weeks.”
Formula 2 brings with it its new challenges for Malvern, with the series run by one central team, meaning there is no difference from one car to the next and creates a greater importance on the individual driving.
“That way the costs are kept down and no-one gets an advantage over the next,” he added.
“You share each other’s data as well, and makes it a level playing field, strictly down to the driver’s ability.”
Malvern has just finished a two-day Formula 2 testing event in Barcelona, and went into that full of confidence after picking up the Henry Surtees Award at the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) awards evening at the start recently, though just missed out for the second year running in the McLaren Autosport BDRC award.
“I was disappointed to not win the Autosport award, and that looks like it was my last time due to my age. I did the best I could and for whatever reason I wasn’t successful,” said the Barkingside racer.
“But winning the Henry Surtees Award was great. It is always nice to be recognised and it caps of the season perfectly.
“I couldn’t have predicted how well the season went. When you are racing week in week out you just keep pushing and although you slightly realise what you are doing, I just had to focus and continue. It was a special season and getting the acknowledgement at the end of it all is very pleasing.”
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