Frederick Lubin: A look ahead to the 2020 season

April 7, 2020

British F4

At the end of 2019 it was announced that Frederick Lubin will make the jump from Karting to British F4 to race with Arden Motorsport. Frederick is set to follow in the footsteps of many from the #YRDArmy before him with the most recent being Abbie Munro who raced in the final rounds of last season. With such a big year ahead we get the thoughts of Frederick on the build up to his single seater debut.

This year’s grid includes some big names with reigning KZ World Champion, Marijn Kremers confirmed to race for Carlin. Frederick has Roman Bilinski and Alex Connor confirmed as his current teammates with Alex also being part of the YRDA programme. With Alex taking a podium last season and Roman having previous experience in the Ginetta Junior Championship, it should give Frederick a great team to work with when setting up the car.

Frederick Lubin: “Me and Roman get along really well. We are on the sim most nights racing each other. His experience in a Ginetta is valuable to me as he is quick in the wet and that is something I need to learn from.”

Entering its sixth season there is no doubt the championship will only continue to grow, not only in size, but competitiveness as well. The grid is looking very strong with Zak O’Sullivan, Abbi Pulling, Matias Zagazeta, Roberto Faria and Casper Stevenson all signed up. It leaves Frederick as one of just five rookies with his first aim to chase rookie podiums and wins over the ten weekends.

Lubin: “I think the grid is full of talent and some fast drivers. I think my chances against them are good and I am excited to see what happens in round one. We have a long season ahead and I will be looking to make improvements every time.”

With the coronavirus pandemic the first five rounds of the season are currently being rescheduled with the first race currently due to take place at Snetterton, which was originally scheduled as round six. Although the full calendar is now currently unconfirmed, one thing that still remains is the series will once again support the British Touring Car Championship with live coverage on ITV4. Crowds in excess of 30,000 will gather to watch trackside putting Frederick on the biggest stage he has ever been on! Tracks on the calendar include the likes of Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Knockhill, Croft and Snetterton.

Lubin: “I am really excited to visit Knockhill as it seems a very unique track and also to race at Silverstone. It is the home of British Motorsport and being the venue for the Grand Prix, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to race on the circuit myself.”

Frederick is set to follow in the footsteps of some pretty big names who have piloted the Red Arrows before him. That list includes former Rookie Champions Jack Doohan (Red Bull Junior) and Enaam Ahmed as well as overall Vice Champions Ricky Collard and Oscar Piastri. Other names to race for the #ArdenArmy includes Sandy Mitchell, Ayrton Simmons, Alex Quinn, Olli Caldwell, Seb Priaulx and Red Bull Junior driver Dennis Hauger.  

Lubin: “It feels good to be among the names of people who drove for Arden especially as they are high caliber drivers and it feels even better to know that Arden feels the same way, otherwise they wouldn’t have picked me.”

It is fair to say Frederick has some pretty big shoes to fill, but fresh from Karting he is also going to be sensible in his expectations. He will be racing against more experienced drivers and will be learning all the time. But as the season progresses there is no doubt he will cast his eye towards rookie wins and podiums, similar to what fellow YRDA member, Alex Connor did last season who ended his year with a podium at Brands Hatch.

Lubin: “My goals this season are to win the rookie championship and place top five in the overall championship!”

We may have to sit tight and wait for the British F4 season at the moment, but there is no doubt once we are there Frederick will be even more determined to chase after the rookie title in his debut season.