November 8, 2019
Although Frederick has had a handful of tests throughout 2019 before announcing he would be joining the grid, this would be his first official test. With live timing and 13 other drivers on track, Frederick would have his first chance to match himself up against some of his competitors for next year.
The test would be taking place on the Silverstone National circuit, a track used on the British F4 calendar. The circuit sits at 2.6km in length and is very fast with just six corners and only two heavy braking zones. That would be the case if the track was dry, but the wet conditions were going to make it a tough task, especially if you were looking to stick to the track limits through Copse.
The day would be split into a morning and afternoon session with the two being made up of shorter sessions. Included in the 14-driver entry list was Christopher Lulham who raced at the Silverstone round of this year’s championship finishing 5th which would give Frederick a good reference. He would also be joined on track by several drivers who have spent the last year or two racing in GT’s making him one of the only drivers on track fresh out of Karting.
Frederick got the day off to a strong start in the morning session quickly putting in competitive times. Despite this being his first time on the Silverstone circuit, Frederick was soon setting purple sectors and in one of the morning sessions was classified in 5th place with the fastest second sector! After 55 laps Frederick had set a time of 1:03.652 seconds, a time he did on his 53rd lap. It was 0.833 seconds off Lulham at the top and just over three tenths off 3rd place.
The time put Frederick 7th overall with more time to be found. It was a hugely encouraging start with the afternoon session still to come.
The afternoon session saw Frederick face some challenges with the track conditions changing all the time. As the times started to drop Frederick decided to try slicks, but it was still too wet and it lost Frederick time although the experience gained made it worthwhile. Overall the session saw Frederick facing the challenges of trying to adapt setups, something he is completely new to coming from club level Karting.
Frederick did manage to finish in 9th place in one session but by the end of the afternoon he was classified 11th just one second off the top. In a close run session there was just half a second to 5th, making it an encouraging result for Frederick overall. Unlike many of his competitors he has a lot to learn when racing in cars and there were huge steps forward made leaving everyone very satisfied by the end.
Frederick Lubin: "I really enjoyed my first official test in British F4 at Silverstone. The morning was really positive, we set some really strong pace in very difficult conditions and I was happy to lead the times and set purple sectors on my first day. The afternoon was more challenging but we were able to learn lots from it so overall I am very happy with how things went. I can't wait for this huge step in career next year!"
There is still just under five months to the start of next season which leaves plenty of time for Frederick to continue preparations. The Silverstone test proved he is already setting competitive times showing just how far Frederick has come in a short space of time.