My objective for 2017 is to demonstrate consistency in all aspects to win the Championship and to do this I am delighted to announce I will be racing with PREMA for this next year.
My selection of PREMA as my racing partner for this year is based on its tremendous track record, heritage and ability to develop a driver in a complete sense. PREMA’s singular focus of developing and enhancing its drivers’ talents to help them reach the highest echelons of the sport is what sets it above the competition.
This year I race with teammates Mick Schumacher, Ferrari Academy Driver Guan Yu Zhou and DTM Reserve Driver for Mercedes AGM, Maxi Gunther. After a strong pre-season I can’t wait to get on with this year - combining my driving with PREMA’s expertise.
Bring it on.
2015 racing was all about learning, pushing for the best results and doing the best job I could to learn quickly to deliver a strong level of performance - rookie or not. In moving on in 2016, I looked to challenge for race wins and the consistency of results required to win a European F3 Championship title.
We showed good speed at times in qualification and races, enough to deliver a higher championship finishing position, but ultimately did not show the consistency required as a team to deliver the championship win.
It was a challenging but positive year and one where I have developed my skills on and off track enormously. I have had my first race car wins and have been the youngest driver to achieve multiple wins and multiple pole positions. Racing with teammates Antoine Hubert, Harrison Newey and Pedro Piquet, I was the lead driver within the team in the overall standings, finishing with more points than all of my teammates combined. Nevertheless being disappointed with my final position in the standings shows you how far I've come in two seasons of car racing.
I used this year as a fast-track learning experience to develop my skills to be the best I can be. You have to work hard and keep on learning to become the best. It doesn't always come easily.
My debut in single seater racing was at 16 and was masterminded by Dr Helmut Marko on behalf of the Red Bull Junior Team. I was Red Bull's first ever driver to be taken from karts direct to F3 to race in Red Bull livery in the FIA F3 European championship. Formula 3 is known as the proving ground for the world's most talented young drivers, producing countless young F3 drivers who have gone on to race at the highest levels.
Despite having never raced in cars pre 2015, I finished 12th overall, ahead of many drivers with more car experience. Of the 35 drivers on the grid, I was the only driver to be classified a finisher in all 33 races. I completed the season with a maiden podium at my favourite circuit, the Nürburgring along with several rookie trophies. I finished 3rd of the 6 drivers within the Carlin Motorsport team, behind recently promoted F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi and Mercedes Development Driver George Russell, and ahead of teammate and subsequent LMP2/WEC winner Gustavo Menezes, Sauber Development Driver Tatiana Calderon and Ryan Tveter.
Prior to my first season in cars, as a 15 year old I won the four round senior CIK-FIA European Karting Championship, the WSK Super Master Series, came 3rd in the WSK Champions Cup, and finished 4th (from 32nd) in the single weekend CIK-FIA World Championship.
At 13, Callum dominated the international under 15s KFJ category with wins in the WSK Masters Series and the WSK Final Cup, runner up in the WSK Euro Series and CIK-FIA World Cup, and was voted the youngest ever WSK Driver of the Year in 2012.
Callum had his first drive in a kart just before his 7th birthday and took his competitive race licence as soon as he was 8. By 12 years he had begun to impress the international karting scene by winning the under 16s Formula Kart Stars British Championship, and finishing 3rd in the German National Championship (KFJ category).
Single Seater Highlights:
2016 5th FIA F3 World Cup Macau
2016 6th FIA F3 European Championship
2015 16th Toyota Race Series
2015 12th FIA F3 European Championship
2014 1st CIK-FIA European Championship KF
2014 1st WSK Super Master Series KF
2014 3rd WSK Champions Cup KF
2014 4th CIK-FIA World Championship KF (from 32nd)
2013 1st WSK Final Cup KF
2012 2nd CIK-FIA World Cup KF3
2012 1st WSK Final Cup KF3
2012 2nd WSK Euro Series KF3
2012 1st WSK Master Series KF3
2012 WSK Driver of the Year
2011 1st British Formula Kart Stars National Championship KF3
2011 3rd DKM German Junior Kart National Championship KF3
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