01 Dec 2014
YET ANOTHER KEY ACCOLADE FOR MORRIS WITH MSA TEAM UK BERTH
Seb Morris, who has his sights set on a future in Grand Prix racing, has today, Monday, 1st December, been the recipient of another potentially career-changing accolade with the announcement he has been selected for the prestigious MSA Team UK programme.
Perfectly capping off a sensational few days, the confirmation of his place in Team UK comes hot on the heels of a star performance from the 19-year-old on his GP3 Series test debut at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi at the end of last week with the Status GP team. Added to that, of course, he has also recently been confirmed as part of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.
“Everything is really coming together, it’s fantastic”, commented Seb, “Being announced as part of MSA Team UK just a couple of days after a really good first test in GP3, and the FIA confirmation, is amazing and a huge boost for my career. Being part of Team UK is something I’ve always wanted and moving up from the MSA Academy into Team UK can only help me improve as a driver.
“I remember asking David Brabham [MSA consultant] about Team UK when I had just started racing cars when I was 14, he said it was a scheme for the top five or six British drivers who have a chance of getting to Formula One so being selected for the programme obviously makes me very proud. I feel it’s a real acknowledgment and reward for all the hard work I’ve been putting into my racing.”
Rapid Morris among pace-setters on GP3 test debut
On his GP3 Series bow at the tail end of last week in Abu Dhabi, the TAG Heuer and Oxford Vaughan ambassador made a major impression and even surprised himself with the level of pace he delivered during his first experience of GP3 machinery and Pirelli tyres.
Spending time on day one getting to grips with the Dallara chassis, and more importantly the unique characteristics of the Pirelli rubber, Seb came out of the blocks flying on day two with the second fastest time – a lap of 1m55.591 seconds placing him just 0.008 seconds shy of the top of the times.
Confident of a repeat on the final day, Saturday, 29th November, he was inside the top eight during the morning and then lapped quickest in the final session. Frustratingly for the Elite Cymru racer, his times from the afternoon were then expunged over a discrepancy with the weight of his car.
“Everything went so much better than expected, I really didn’t think we’d be able to lap P2 and P1 on the second and third days”, reflected Seb, “We’re all baffled how the car came to be underweight on the final afternoon, certainly nothing intentional from the team, but in the end that doesn’t matter as we know how quick we were and the team was impressed with the performances I put in.
“I’ve spent most of my career on Michelins and the Pirellis were definitely a steep learning curve to begin with. I reset myself for day two, got to grips with everything immediately and really felt at one with the car. I’m so happy with the pace I showed. All I wanted from the test was to prove to Status I can drive the GP3 car quickly. It’s definitely where I want to be racing in 2015.”
Next on the schedule for Seb is the annual Autosport Awards evening in central London on Sunday, 7th December, where he will learn if he has become the 26th McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner – an accolade which carries with it a coveted prize test in a McLaren Formula One car.
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