Starting this week: 'Britain's next F1 star'
'Britain's Next F1 Star' is a new six-part series starting on Sky Sports F1 this week which will take an in-depth look at the next generation of British drivers who are attempting to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.
Last Updated: 02/10/12 12:08pm
'Britain's Next F1 Star' is a new six-part series starting this week on Sky Sports F1 which will take an in-depth look at the next generation of British drivers who are attempting to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.
The six drivers featured - Seb Morris, Jordan King, Josh Hill, Alice Powell, Dean Smith and Alex Brundle - are all already working their way up the racing ladder, and Sky Sports F1 has been given unprecedented access to the drivers and their families.
Motorsport is a tough nut to crack and requires not just raw pace and talent, but an incredible amount of dedication and family support. The series will provide a unique insight into what happens away from the track and the level of support families are required to burden whilst a young driver makes his way up through the ranks. Indeed, in one episode Damon Hill comments that for the price of one season's racing, you could put seven people through university!
The six drivers featured in the series compete in a number of different categories, highlighting the many different routes into F1.
Episode 1 - Seb Morris
Thursday 4th October
Seb is the youngest ever winner of the Ginetta Junior Championship and is aiming to become the first ever Welsh F1 World Champion.
Racing consumes every aspect of the motorsport obsessed teen's life and, with the unstinting support of his property developer father and his mother, "Team Seb" are aiming to emulate the 16-year-old's hero - Michael Schumacher.
Episode 2 - Jordan King
Thursday 11th October
Jordan is the youngest driver in modern Formula 2, having contested three rounds of the series in 2011, and is currently competing in Formula Renault.
The 18-year-old, who is the son of Sainsbury's CEO Justin King, takes Sky through the hurdles that he still faces if he is to achieve his goal of racing in Formula 1.
Episode 3 - Josh Hill
Thursday 25th October
Josh is the latest member of his family to try and crack F1 following in the footsteps of his grandfather Graham, World Champion in 1962 and 1968, and his father Damon, World Champion in 1996.
Josh was bitten by the racing bug later in life than some of his rivals, but hasn't looked back since winning the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in 2008.
The 21-year-old's performances are constantly closely scrutinised and compared to those of his father and grandfather, and Josh tells the show about the pressures the family legacy has placed on him.
Episode 4 - Alice Powell
Thursday 1st November
Alice was the first female to win a Formula Renault BARC race before going on to take the title that season, becoming the first female champion at the tender age of 18.
Alice is determined to prove any doubters wrong and become F1's first female World Champion. She moved a step closer after making her debut in supporting GP3 Series in 2012 with Status GP.
The show highlights the obstacles facing an aspiring racing driver, whilst female racer Tiff Chittenden also appears and insists that there is still a place for women in F1.
Episode 5 - Dean Smith
Thursday 15th November
Dean is the oldest driver to feature in the series and for the British driver time is running out for the 24-year-old to break into F1.
With a new bride and baby to think about, as well as his own business, the show follows a hard-working Dean as he looks to balance all aspects of his life.
Dean is a former winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the year award, following in the footsteps of David Coulthard, Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta. However, after a spell out of the cockpit, it is make or break for the Brit.
Episode 6 - Alex Brundle
Thursday 22nd November
As the son of former F1 driver turned Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle, Alex is used to having every aspect of his racing career closely scrutinised.
The show follows the Brundles as they deal with another family member attempting to reach the top tier of motor-racing, whilst big names like McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh tips Alex for a successful career.
As a qualified ARDS instructor Alex also teaches racing enthusiasts the basics, including The Feeling's drummer Paul Stewart, who invites the 22-year-old into the studio for a session.