By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Seb Morris made a major impression and even surprised himself with the level of pace he delivered during his GP3 bow at the tail end of last week in Abu Dhabi.
Given this was the teenager’s first experience of GP3 machinery and Pirelli tyres his impressive debut was one of the talking points of the paddock. Spending time on day one getting to grips with the Status GP team and their car, and more importantly the unique characteristics of the Pirelli rubber, Seb came out of the blocks flying on day two with the second fastest time – a lap of 1m 55.591 seconds placing him just 0.008 seconds shy of the top of the times.
Confident of a repeat on the final day, Saturday, 29th November, he was inside the top eight during the morning and – retaining his best tyres for the final session – he lapped quickest in the final session. Frustratingly for Seb, his times from the afternoon were then expunged over a minor discrepancy with the weight of his car. Nonetheless, his sheer pace – outperforming many drivers who had completed a full series at GP3 and/or raced at a higher level – was there for all to see.
“Everything went so much better than expected, I really didn’t think we’d be able to lap P2 and P1 on the second and third days”, reflected Seb, “We’re all baffled how the car came to be underweight on the final afternoon, certainly nothing intentional from the team, but in the end that doesn’t matter as we know how quick we were and the team was impressed with the performances I put in. I’ve spent most of my career on Michelins and the Pirellis were definitely a steep learning curve to begin with. I reset myself for day two, got to grips with everything immediately and really felt at one with the car. I’m so happy with the pace I showed. All I wanted from the test was to prove to Status I can drive the GP3 car quickly. It’s definitely where I want to be racing in 2015.”
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, who travelled with Seb to oversee the test and also begin to firm up on race plans for 2015 said “Seb’s performance in Abu Dhabi really did exceed all of our expectations and the step up from the cars he has been driving seemed to suit him to the ground. He has a great week – selected in to the FIA Institute Academy, the test, his birthday and also we can confirm he has today been the recipient of another potentially career-changing accolade with the announcement he has been selected for the prestigious MSA Team UK programme.”
“Everything is really coming together, it’s fantastic”, commented Seb, “Being announced as part of MSA Team UK just a couple of days after a really good first test in GP3, and the FIA confirmation, is amazing and a huge boost for my career. Being part of Team UK is something I’ve always wanted and moving up from the MSA Academy into Team UK can only help me improve as a driver. I remember asking David Brabham [MSA consultant] about Team UK when I had just started racing cars when I was 14, he said it was a scheme for the top five or six British drivers who have a chance of getting to Formula One so being selected for the programme obviously makes me very proud. I feel it’s a real acknowledgment and reward for all the hard work I’ve been putting into my racing.”
Over the coming weeks we hope to finalise plans for Seb’s racing in 2015.
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