Webber backs son of a gun

Mark Webber will be right behind Australian young gun, Jack Doohan, in his quest to make an impact at this year’s F4 British Championship.

Doohan, who’ll race with Adren Motorsport in 2018, will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Webber, making the transition from karting to single-seaters in British F4.

Doohan’s name will be familiar to all motor sport fans, with the young talent being the son of Australian Motorcycle great, Mick Doohan, who won five consecutive 500cc World Championships from 1994 to 1998.

A close friend of Mick, the former F1 driver has been following the progress of the 15-year-old’s rise through the British four-wheel rankings.

“I have followed Jack through karting,” Webber said.

“I have kept an eye on him because Mick and I are pretty tight, so it’s natural for me to be interested in Jack’s progress. I would love to see him do really well.

“If I have got any ideas on one or two things that can make even just one or two per cent improvement then I would love to be able to help. I’m always open to little chats here and there.

“The first year in cars is a big step for every driver. F4 is a nice format with the power to weight ratio, a little bit of aero and slick tyres. On top of that it’s a category which teaches race craft.”

Doohan, alongside Norwegian Dennis Hauger, joins the F4 scene with the support of Red Bull as a member of their Junior Team.

The pair will contest the championship with the successful Arden Motorsport who also recently signed Sebastian Priaulx, another son of a motor sport legend, Andy Priaulx.

“British F4 is so good because the tracks are very technical. It’s unbelievably competitive and a brilliant proving ground for youngsters,” Webber added.

“Having seen what the likes of Max [Verstappen] have achieved at such an early age, things have really changed in the last five to six years.

“I’m going to try to come to a few race weekends. I know Andy Priaulx well. He’s a great bloke and his son Sebastian is racing in British F4 with Arden too. The team looks very strong in what is a very competitive series.”

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway on 7-8 April at Brands Hatch.