Gustav Jonsson, a single-seater racing rookie from Sweden, has signed to race for Chris Dittmann Racing in the British Formula 4 championship.
The 16-year-old completes the team’s three-car line-up alongside series sophomores Jack Sherwood and Daniel Guinchard, and is making the step up from karting.
He has primarily competed in his home country, but has also made European outings over his last two years in karting’s senior level. Last season he was 15th in Rotax Max Challenge’s Euro Trophy and 13th in the single-event Euro Golden Trophy.
“I’m really happy to be with Chris Dittmann Racing this season, as it is a big learning curve, but I’m confident the team can help me grow,” said Jonsson.
“Everything is brand new to me, the environment, the F4 car and all of the circuits here in the UK. Before this I had only tested in one car which was a Porsche GT4, so it is very different to drive, but I’m feeling more at home in the car every time I go out.
“I’m looking forward to working with my new team-mates this year. During testing, it was great having Daniel and Jack there to set benchmarks, and I’ve learned a lot from them. They are fast, so hopefully I can catch up to them and we can all be up in the top together.”
Jonsson’s first car test in the Porsche took place last October, and he started F4 testing in Britain this February. His first runout was at Pembrey, a circuit that does not appear on the British F4 calendar, and he has since driven at Brands Hatch and Snetterton.
“We’re pleased to have Gustav join our line-up in the British F4 championship after he had some really positive test days with us,” said CDR team owner Chris Dittmann.
“It’s going to be a competitive field this year, so it’s a big ask for Gustav coming straight from karts, but driver development is our bag and he’s already shown he’s got potential.
“We’re looking forward to continue working together and helping him achieve the very best results he can as the season progresses.”