Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell tops the rookie standings of the highly competitive Formula Renault Eurocup with two rounds in Spa and Barcelona to go. A maiden win in Austria in July, as well as being one of only four drivers in the series to finish every race, means Max is in pole position to take the rookie championship. Born in England, but raised in Singapore, the 18-year-old Tech-1 Racing driver discusses his career so far and how he grew up just a stone’s throw away from the Marina Bay Street circuit.
How did you get into motorsport?
I went karting with my mates on a school holiday and I thought ‘this is what I want to do’. I went back to that track after school and joined a little team. I had my first race in Malaysia and from there it progressed. I did two years of racing in Asia and then we felt we needed to move to Europe as that’s where the higher level is at, so we moved back as a family. Since then I’ve gone up through the ranks of karting and into F4 last year and this season into the Eurocup.
What was winning the British F4 Championship like?
I won the British F4 by winning the last race of the last round which I had to win. It was a long year, a close battle, with lots of up and downs but it was a really amazing feeling crossing that line and securing the title.
How’s your season going so far?
It’s been quite an up and down season in the Eurocup this year. There have been lots of positives; getting the first win in Austria was really important for me. The last round, Paul Ricard, we struggled with the car, so it’s been kind of like that. We’re getting there, that’s for sure.
Who were your racing heroes growing up?
I don’t really have anyone which I go ‘you’re my hero’. I have a few people who I really admire. I’m a bit young for Senna, I’ve seen highlights and seen what he used to do which is amazing. Schumacher is another one, seven world championships is awesome and Hamilton in this era – when he gets it all together – is pretty special.
What is your career standout moment?
The Red Bull Ring win from second off the grid. I was very happy with that.
What was it like growing up in Singapore?
Growing up in Singapore was different, totally different to England. The lifestyle was very chilled out, perfect weather every day which was really nice. I was there for eight years, studying at an international school. I lived about ten minutes from the Marina Bay track. I lived in Sentosa, the tiny island underneath Singapore; it’s a cool place with loads of things to do.
What’s the dream in motorsport?
The dream is Formula 1 and I’m working as hard as I can to get there. I don’t see it as impossible, I’ll do my best and prove to everyone I can, that’s my dream for sure.
Where is your favourite circuit?
My favourite circuit is probably Silverstone as it’s really fun to drive. Maybe because it’s my home track, I always feel comfortable there and seem to go well every time I race there. One-lap qualifying around Pau is also good for pure adrenaline. It’s a really busy lap and mental the whole way round!