Hillspeed’s Jusuf Owega may be the youngest driver on this year’s grid, but he’s already been racking up the mileage at the wheel of the Tatuus Cosworth British F3 car, ahead of his anticipated debut at the second round of the year at Rockingham.
The 15-year-old set the 14th quickest time at the official media day at Donington Park a fortnight ago, but showed an impressive turn of speed at Spa Francorchamps this week to put in a lap over three tenths quicker than last year’s pole position.
“The competitiveness of the championship was the biggest draw for me, as well as the cars themselves,” Owega says. “For me, it’s a big step out of karting but I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Despite not making his debut until round two, Owega has wasted no time and has had a very busy winter with the team. “Pre-season preparations have gone well so far, I’ve been to a lot of circuits which has given me the opportunity to understand the car and work together with the Hillspeed team.
Owega makes the step to F3 from karting, and he admits it’s been a challenge, but one he is relishing. “British F3 is a big step straight out of karting, starting from the aerodynamics of the car, all the way through to how physically demanding it is. But I can’t wait to get out there on circuits like Silverstone and Brands Hatch, the calendar has a great mix of the modern circuits and the really old school tracks too.”
In his first year in cars, Jusuf has modest targets, but have these been revised after his promising form in pre-season? “Honestly, I really haven’t set any specific goals yet, I’ll just try my best and see what comes around as the season progresses!”
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