Carrie Schreiner has completed her season in the British F4 Championship with a great weekend at Silverstone. Showing good speed in both dry and wet weather testing, Carrie made more significant improvements in qualifying to line up on the seventh row of the grid. Schreiner’s speed was carried over into the races as she placed a highly respectable 13th in race one, before going onto score a stunning points finish in race two. Despite struggling for pace in the final race of the weekend, Carrie will be extremely satisfied with her speed during the course of the weekend.
Carrie arrived at Silverstone ready for testing on Friday filled with confidence, looking to build upon her strong performances in earlier rounds of the British F4 Championship. The opening session of the weekend was held in wet conditions after persistent rain throughout the morning but Schreiner acclimatised herself to the conditions and set the 18th fastest lap time. With a dry track for the drivers in the second session, Carrie made considerable progress and improved her times during the course of the session, ending in an impressive 13th.
Qualifying took place on Saturday morning with damp track conditions facing the drivers at the start of the 20-minute session. Carrie made a promising start to the session and was placed inside the top-15 at the halfway mark. Track conditions improved during the second half of the session with times rapidly improving with each passing lap, enabling many drivers lower down in the championship to enjoy a spell at the top. Carrie consistent set a number of good lap times and ended the session in a highly respectable 14th, a good effort in tricky conditions at Silverstone.
Race one took place later in the day with Carrie starting from the seventh row of the grid. Schreiner made a fantastic start and moved into 12th and did a great job to hold off Jack Butel in the opening stages of the race. Carrie’s pace was extremely strong in the first half of the race with her lap times comparative to the top-5 drivers. On lap 12 a charging Alex Quinn found a way past with the Fortec Motorsport driver also passing Frank Bird a lap after. With just four laps to go, championship contender Max Fewtrell overtook Carrie but she stayed close to the Carlin driver in the closing stages. This paid off as on the penultimate lap as Schreiner moved ahead of Frank Bird and held on to claim a solid 13th place result in the opening race of the weekend.
The second race at Silverstone took place early on Sunday morning with Carrie starting from 12th courtesy of her finish in race one and a grid penalty for a driver ahead. The Double R Racing driver made a good start and held her position after the opening lap, before moving into 11th by the end of lap three. Despite being shuffled down to 14th on lap four, Schreiner kept her composure and rose back to 11th as the safety car was brought out three laps later. As the racing resumed, Carrie held her positon and started to make gains on former Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline ahead of her. In the closing stages, Schreiner’s lap times were comparative with the leaders and this speed was rewarded as a driver ahead was given a track limits penalty, enabling Carrie to finish race two in 10th with one fully deserved championship point.
The final race of the weekend was held on Sunday afternoon with dry conditions for all drivers. Starting from 16th on the grid courtesy of her second fastest time in qualifying, Schreiner lost a position on the opening lap to rookie champion Alex Quinn. On lap three she was able to gain the position back after passing Patrik Matthiesen. The next series of laps saw Carrie involved in a fantastic battle with Jack Martin before losing out to the Arden driver on lap ten. After gaining a position from the spinning Petru Florescu, Schreiner closed in on Nicolai Kjaergaard in the final laps but settled for 16th in a hard fought final race.
Carrie’s performances in British F4 have been very impressive throughout the season, with the highlight coming at Thruxton where she narrowly missed out on the podium to finish in fourth. Taking the experiences from the ADAC F4 Championship into consideration, Schreiner’s progress in single seaters this year has been excellent with one final meeting to come at Hockenheim in Germany next month. Carrie has been a breath of fresh air in British F4 this season and has gained many fans with her performances on track and her charismatic nature off it.
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