MOHNHAUPT JOINS BRITISH F4 WITH FALCON MOTORSPORT
Alexandra becomes the latest international driver to join the British F4 grid – Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Falcon Motorsport are to join the fray at the Snetterton (30/31 July) and Knockhill (13/14 August) rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with Alexandra Mohnhaupt.
It’s a welcome return to the Ford EcoBoost-powered series for Falcon Motorsport who contested last season. Furthermore, in 2014 the Oxfordshire team achieved second place in both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.
Mohnhaupt arrives having already competed in the Mexican F4 series where she currently lies second in the rookie standings.
The 16-year-old from Puebla, Mexico has no shortage of karting success to her name having been crowned National Rotax Junior Max Champion and Junior Max Champion in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Said Mohnhaupt: “It’s a great feeling to be the first Mexican driver in the F4 British Championship. I know I can do a good job and get some strong results for Mexico.
“I want to learn a lot. I want to learn from the other drivers and from the team so I can go back to Mexico stronger. I can learn a lot because British F4 uses the same car as in Mexico [with the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and Mygale chassis].
“The tracks will be the biggest thing to get used to, as well as the tyres, but I think I can handle them.
“I want to finish as high up the order as possible, but it’s all about learning more about the car.
“I’m already really enjoying working with Falcon Motorsport. I am confident we will be able to make good progress together.
Added Falcon Motorsport team principle Nick Streatfield: “To be able to get out on track with Alexandra is good. We’ve been working on it for a while.
“For her it’s all part of the learning curve; coming over to the UK to gain experience of a different championship. We are obviously very happy to take on that role and give her a different perspective to see how she measures against the regulars of the F4 British Championship.
“We’re keeping our expectations in check. We are going up against drivers who have been driving all year in this championship and have tested at most of the circuits. Alexandra is going to have to go straight into Snetterton and Knockhill, running at circuits she has never been to.
“It will be tough, but we know that and she knows that. That doesn’t mean to say we’re not aiming for the front, but it is more about Alexandra getting experience at the moment.”
Streatfield went on to say that two days of testing with Mohnhaupt were to take place yesterday and today at Donington and Brands Hatch: “The two days are going to be about getting her up to speed and working with her to try to hit the ground running.”
Streatfield couldn’t hide is excitement about Falcon Motorsport’s return to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series: “It’s fantastic to be back. It’s been painful to be away. We tried and worked really hard over the winter to secure a few things and it just didn’t work out.
“We have been an important part of the series in the past. We know a lot of the people at Ford and we are keen to be part of the family again.”
Streatfield also cast an eye on the future: “We’re concentrating on these upcoming rounds and building up a good relationship with Alexandra. Then we can start talking about what the possibilities for the future are.
“As a team we have every intention of being on the grid in 2017 with three cars. We want to be back out in force.”