Having travelled from the other side of the world to enter the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, Australian Thomas Randle is finally enjoying getting some running under his belt in the Tatuus-Cosworth. The 19-year-old, who will race for Douglas Motorsport in 2016, got his pre-season testing programme underway at Donington Park and Silverstone last week and thoroughly enjoyed his time behind the wheel.
“It is a great car, Tatuus have built a great chassis. The Pirelli tyres take a while to come on because I’m not super used to the cold temperatures but it is a quick car with lots of downforce and lots of power, so it’s really good,” Randle said. He continued to enthuse: “I have really loved my first two days in the new BRDC F4 car. It is very quick and extremely fun to drive, so I’m sure I am going to love driving it in the 2016 Championship.”
Randle’s pace, especially at Silverstone, was pleasing to himself as he looks to catch up with his rivals who have had more seat time in the Tatuus-Cosworth so far this off season. “I know it’s only the beginning for us, but the first two tests couldn’t have gone any better. Over 90 per cent of the field was at the Silverstone test, so to leave knowing we were quickest is definitely a positive. I really enjoyed driving around there and I am looking forward to heading back there soon,” the Melbourne native commented.
Having competed in Australian F4 in 2015, taking seven wins en route to the runner-up spot in the championship, Randle has now graduated into BRDC F4 and admits it was a simple decision. “I had heard a lot of good things about the car, the upgraded power and downforce, and I knew it was really quick. At Donington it was nearly as quick as the Formula 3 lap record so it is a really fast car. The other thing to say is that it’s reasonably priced so it’s affordable; we are getting on well with the Douglas guys and it is great to be here,” Randle stated.
Despite getting to grips with the new car in impressive time, one thing it is taking Randle a little longer to become adjusted to is the British weather. “It is quite a climate shock to be honest! I was told to pack loads of jackets but I think I haven’t packed enough. I’m trying to get used to the cold,” he joked before adding more seriously: “and that is also key with the cars too.”
After a positive start to his pre-season testing schedule, Randle is aiming high for his debut BRDC Formula 4 season. “My ultimate aim is to win, I wouldn’t be here otherwise. I know every other driver in the field says the same but I wouldn’t have travelled halfway across the world to come second so I am going to give it my best shot, hopefully we can be competitive and get some good results,” he said.