Frederick Lubin’s journey to British F4

March 2, 2020

British F4

He certainly didn’t take the most traditional route to British F4, but Frederick’s breakthrough into the Motorsport scene was well planned and calculated. Since joining the Young Racing Driver Academy in 2018, the work immediately began with British F4 the end goal. It took just over a year before the news was released that Lubin would be in the Arden Motorsport line up for 2020.

Our goal at the Young Racing Driver Academy is all about preparing our talent for the next stages of their career. Whether it be moving into GT racing, Superbikes or single seaters our support network and facilities have helped us achieve this over the years and there will no doubt be several more drivers following in the footsteps of Lubin in the next couple years.

Frederick Lubin: “It was amazing to join Arden and I felt at home straight away. Joining YRDA was also very special as being part of the academy is something to be proud of, especially YRDA. Being at the factory for the very first time as an official F4 driver felt very special and is something that I wish to remember.”

Last year we got Abbie Munro onto the grid for the last three rounds of the championship racing as part of the Arden line up along with fellow YRDA members, Tommy Foster, Bart Horsten and Alex Connor.

When Frederick joined the programme he wanted to do exactly what many have done before. Having only raced for a couple of years Frederick was mostly competing at club level in Karting racing at Trent Valley Kart Club and Bayford Meadows with guest entries at other tracks including Whilton Mill.

Lubin: “Obviously having started late wasn't ideal as it means I was behind on certain experiences in my career. The reason I chose racing at those tracks are for a couple of reasons the main one being, the grids at Whilton Mill and PFI are competitive. They made sense as this year I was planning to go to Europe for karting so the jump into F4 was unexpected, but something that I worked hard for. I just didn't think that I would get my seat this soon.”

Rather than chuck himself into the British Championship in the Junior Rotax class, Frederick kept himself to club level racing opening up more budget to do other things. During his simulator sessions in-house, the engineers saw lots of potential in Frederick and the decision was made to move from the simulator to the single seater with testing at Anglesey.

After immediately impressing in the car a testing programme was put in place with Frederick stepping back from Karting to further focus on his goal of making the 2020 grid. It is a tough decision to make for most racing drivers, but it was a wise decision and one that would eventually pay off!

Lubin: “I did my first test in the F4 car through YRDA and loved it! The sim sessions definitely helped prepare me for the brakes in the car but until you have driven it for real your other muscles aren’t used to it. However, the training camps that YRDA provide did help me get in shape and that made the transition a lot smoother than it might have been.”

As testing progressed and the 2019 season ended, Frederick showed enough potential both on and off track to secure himself one of the very valued seats in the British F4 Arden line-up. Currently Frederick is one of three drivers to be announced joining fellow YRDA member, Alex Connor and Roman Bilinski.

There will be many out there who would have probably not heard of the name Frederick Lubin. He hasn’t raced week in week out on the National stage, instead he has worked solely on the goal of racing in F4 and thanks to a lot of determination he has deservedly made it there and will now be able to make a name for himself on the big stage.

Lubin: “It feels good to be part of the 2020 grid. There are a lot of strong drivers. I am feeling anxious to get on with it, but also quite calm as I want to make sure I do everything right, whether that's in the car testing, the gym or in the sim. My goals for this year are to win the rookie championship and place top five in the overall championship.”

As ever the British F4 Championship will be on the TOCA package in 2020 supporting the British Touring Car Championship. Frederick will race live on ITV4 and in front of crowds of 30,000 plus!

Lubin: “I would like to thank Gary Ward, Garry Horner, Jamie Horner, Steve Hutchinson and the rest of the Arden and YRDA team for helping me get to where I am today. They are extremely supportive and know what's best for me. The best advice I can give to someone following my footsteps is to continue working hard and to take any opportunity you can.”