The world of motorsort is all about partnerships. On many levels….between drivers and their engineers, the teams and their engine manufacturers, drivers and sponsors and so it goes on. I am lucky enough to have support from a small number of partners, in different ways. If you would like to join me on my rollercoaster ride, then get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are just a few words about the relationships I have had in my career of great personal value to me, as I couldn’t have done it quite this way, without these people…
Alpinestars has supported me for the last four years since my early days in international karting in Italy. It has seen me through the end of my karting career into the beginning of my car career.
Right from the outset, the company's vision and desire was to continually introduce innovative products that took performance to new and higher levels, and it continues to do this today.
I have been lucky enough to have had several bespoke designed suits from Alpinestars and their team continue to help me define the look of my own style with their innovative work.
PREMA Racing was founded in 1983 by Angelo Rosin and Giorgio Piccolo. And was transformed in 1994 into PREMA Powerteam with increased activities at an international level. PREMA is now one of Europe's leading international racing teams. It is in fact the third largest Italian racing team (after F1 Teams: Ferrari and Toro Rosso) based on the team's size, dominance and Championships in which it participates.
Since its foundation it has favoured the inclusion of young drivers, focusing on developing and enhancing their talents and skills in order to help them reach the highest echelons of the sport.
PREMA’s strong Italian roots and family-oriented business appeals hugely to me – it’s what I have grown up with since my early days karting with Dino Chiesa in Italy. A strong heritage and team member loyalty, combined with a supreme focus to deliver the best, is a potent combination. The other great thing about PREMA for me, is that it’s brilliance lies not just in it's consistent winning set up of its racing machinery; but also it’s goal - to deliver the complete training of each driver.
I am pleased to have been selected to join the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) SuperStars driver development programme for 2017. The SuperStars programme, now in its tenth year, has been instrumental in supporting over sixty drivers including Renault F1’s Jolyon Palmer, GT star Jonny Adam and British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan to acquire the multifaceted skills required of today’s professional driver. The BRDC has a long track record in training young British drivers, helping to round out their off track skills, and so having their support and resources available this year is fantastic. Moving up to SuperStars is a great recognition of the progress I made in 2016 and I’m appreciative of the BRDC’s decision to select me.
Brandon Seaber Motorsport Design launched in 2011, as a culmination of Brandon's two passions, Motorsport & Design. With a background in graphic/web design, Brandon comes at Motorsport design from a different angle; creating design that combines meaning & personality with strong aesthetic.
Specialising in the complete package of branding, livery, helmet and suit design, Brandon hones a driver’s entire image. Brandon is the inspiration behind the look and feel of much of my logo and branding, and we are excited to be going on this journey in motorsport together.
My thanks go to Mike Fairholme of Mike Fairholme Designs, who started off my helmet design 2009, with the ongoing support of Arai helmets.
Mike established his business in 1984 with the aim of providing the finest bespoke helmet design and paintwork service and over the course of more than twenty years he has created many amazing helmets have been created for a huge variety of people, including many racing stars. For example, Allan McNish and David Coulthard to name but two, with Allan being with him since his karting days.
My helmet design journey with Mike began six years ago at the age of 11 when we designed my first helmet for the international karting circuit. Mike's design became my distinctive signature, a theme that we then built on for my race suits and accessories with Alpine Stars, and my individual go-kart colour livery based around the Chiesa Corse Zanardi race team.
Mitch Arai aims for Arai to “be the number one helmet in the world” and Arai has been the partner of Mike Fairholme for many years. It is important to me to have the best headgear when it comes to safety and style out on track. I have used an Arai helmet all my racing career.
Founded in 1975, Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) has won many national and international championships and is one of the most successful racing outfits in the Netherlands. VAR finished 3rd in the 2014 F3 Championship with current F1 driver Max Verstappen and 4th in the 2015 F3 Championship with Scuderia Ferrari development driver Charles Leclerc. Joining me in the team for the 2016 season were Anthoine Hubert, Pedro Piquet, son of F1 world champion Nelson Piquet and Harrison Newey, son of Red Bull F1 chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
Teaming up with VAR and Mercedes engines for 2016 was an ideal move to continue my development and gain new experiences. VAR is a well supported team and we shared the same motivation. It has come close to winning the F3 Championship in previous years and was pushing very hard to improve in the face of strong competition. Whilst we didn't ultimately deliver the consistency as a team required to win the European championship, our partnership in 2016 resulted in me getting my first race wins, being the youngest driver on the grid to achieve multiple wins and pole positions, and of course my strong finish at the FIA F3 World Cup.
My move to VAR for 2016, was with the benefit of having driven a competitive first season in single-seater cars with Carlin Motorsport. Carlin are one of the largest motorsport teams outside of Formula 1 with race winning experience. Carlin and I were thrown a challenge in 2015 from Dr Marko at Red Bull to make the transition from karting to cars in an F3 rather than competing in a less challenging race category. With the help and expertise of the team around me at Carlin, I successfully managed the transition to single seaters by finishing 12th overall in a field of 35 experienced drivers. I drove as part of a team of six drivers - Antonio Giovanazzi, Gustavo Menezes, George Russell, Ryan Tveter and Tatiana Calderon were my teammates. Not only was I the only driver classified as a finisher in all 33 races of the championship, but I brought home 65.5 points, a series of rookie trophies and had my maiden podium at my favourite track, the Nürburgring.
The Red Bull Junior Team is a driver development and support program overseen by Dr Helmut Marko on behalf of Red Bull. I will always be grateful to Dr Marko for his ability to see my talent, back my first season and push me to go straight from karts to F3. To be part of the Red Bull Family in 2015 has been a privilege and given me a challenging but exciting introduction to racing. For me, my first year in car racing was all about learning, pushing for the best results and doing the best job I could to learn quickly to deliver the level of performance Red Bull expect from all their drivers - rookie or otherwise. I was the first driver Red Bull selected to move straight from karts to F3, and it was a great learning experience.
Strakka Racing has evolved to become one of the most respected and successful teams in the World Endurance Championship.
Within three years of its formation, Strakka won the Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 setting five new event records. Since then it has gone from strength to strength to include a string of podiums and broaden its racing interests to even include a karting partnership with my chassis manufacturer Zanardi, in 2014. With Strakka's support of Zanardi Strakka Racing, I was able to reach my goal that year and become 2014 European KF Champion. I then went on to do my first full car test with Strakka in a Formula Renault 2.0. I have been lucky enough to get a glimpse of the family that is Strakka Racing and I continue to admire its work and team culture. In 2015, I tested Formula Renault 3.5 with Strakka Racing.
I have grown up through international karting under the guidance of Oli Oakes, Dino Chiesa and using the Zanardi kart chassis. Dino sent a Zanardi chassis to England for me to test when I had just turned 12 and I had my first international KF3 race 6 months later at Genk. I stayed on the Zanardi chassis for all four years, enjoying many championship victories with Oli and Dino's support in both KF(2) senior and KFJ(3) junior classes.
Callum is one of Britain's most talented upcoming young drivers. He would be delighted if you would like to partner with him on his journey within the world of motorsport.
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