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Mardenborough: “The 2014 F4 Champion has a great opportunity”

Sunday, April 27 2014

Jann Mardenborough and the Arden Motorsport GP3 team were at Silverstone today (Sunday 27 April) to take in the BRDC F4 action, and meet this year's F4 drivers, one of whom will win the championship prize of a full day test in an Arden GP3 car at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Mardenborough, who makes the step up to GP3 with the team in 2014 following a season in European F3 last year, spent time with the drivers and was able to show them around his 400 horsepower GP3 car which was on display at the Northamptonshire circuit.

The 22-year-old believes that the 2014 F4 champion will have an excellent opportunity in the GP3 test to display their talent at the end of the season.

"The F4 Champion will have a great opportunity to drive the Arden Motorsport GP3 car" he commented. "The team have been very successful in recent years, winning the last two championships. I hope we'll have a successful year and that the F4 Champion will be able to drive this year's GP3 Championship winning car.

"Arden has done a tremendous job in the last two years of GP3 and in various other forms of motorsport, and I think I'm in the best team on the grid at the moment. Testing is going well and I'm looking forward to the first round in Barcelona, and hopefully I'll be challenging for podiums and victories throughout the season."

He also believes that this year's F4 champion will take great pleasure in driving the Dallara-built car. "The GP3 car is a great car to drive, it has a lot of power with 400 horsepower with a lot of downforce and it's a great prize for a young driver to secure by winning the F4 championship.

Mardenborough admits he is a fan of BRDC F4, and would have relished the opportunity to compete in the series.

 "I followed F4 throughout last year and was able to see the races at Brands Hatch. It's very quickly become a very relevant category of motorsport because there are a lot of people coming out of karting who are very young and only 16 or 17 and are jumping into a car for the first time. The cost is very realistic compared to other single seaters which further adds to its relevance. The car has good downforce, slick tyres, a paddleshift gearbox and plenty of instruments on the steering wheel to keep the driver occupied which again is very relevant in modern day single seater racing.

"It's a category I would have loved to have raced in when I was starting out, especially if I'd had a karting background, and it's great to see such a big grid. I wish all the drivers the best of success this year and look forward to seeing how the champion gets on in my car!"

For more information on the BRDC F4 Championship, visit www.formula4.com.