Driving Standards Observer Karl Reindler has praised the Formula 4 class of 2015 for their impressive display on and off the track this season.
With the penultimate round of the championship to commence at Phillip Island this weekend, Reindler is looking forward to see what the crop of drivers will be able to do at a track that’s familiar to most of the grid.
“I’m pretty excited to get to Phillip Island, a circuit that all these guys know incredibly well,” Reindler said.
“A lot of the test days have been at Phillip Island, I think we’ll see a few surprises at Phillip Island and another street circuit [Homebush] to finish it off.”
Whilst the role of the DSO can require difficult decisions to be made, Reindler believes it’s also a good role to help coach the current crop of Formula 4 racers.
“I need to coach and mentor these young guys, but at the same time they need to know what they can and can’t get away with,” Reindler said.
“It’s a really tough transition from karts to cars, what you can get away with in a go kart you can’t necessarily in a car.”
When drivers have been called into the stewards room, Reindler praised the way drivers have conducted themselves in front of race officials.
“Look, when they did get into trouble they were very quick to just cop it on the chin – accept some responsibility, accountability as well, and just get on with it,” Reindler said.
Having made the jump to race in Europe himself, Reindler has had first hand experience of making the jump from Australia to Europe.
“I’ve raced in Europe, I know what it’s like. I had a baptism of fire, coming from what felt like gentlemen-like racing in Australia, over there where you’re literally banging wheels every corner of every lap,” Reindler said.
“We’ve got to prepare these guys and girls for the task ahead.”
With DREAM Motorsport pilot Luis Leeds making guest appearances at German and Mexican Formula 4 rounds throughout 2015, it was a good opportunity to compare notes with the rest of the world.
“I think the fact that Luis went over and won a race at the Mexican F4 round… that’s really the first time we’ve been able to calibrate with the rest of the world the other F4 categories,” Reindler said.
“Luis showed them that we’re a force to be reckoned with here in Australia.”