Stepping up the ladder of motorsports, Sennan Fielding is working on a good season in MSA Formula 4. Like most of his family; racing is in the vains of the talented British racing driver. RacingInside.com spoke to Sennan Fielding about his current season and his expectations about his further career.
Hello Sennan, some of our visitors will be familiar with the name of Sennan Fielding. Unfortunately, some of them may have never heard of you. Could you give a brief introduction about yourself?
I am 20 years old from Chesterfield, England. I have been racing 12 years now, starting in karts. I moved into cars at the age of 14 after winning the Ginetta Junior Scholarship.
Some race drivers are getting involved in racing through friends or family. How did you get involved in racing? Did your parents support you from the early beginning?
It started off just as some fun. My dad (Adrian Fielding) and his friend (Andrew Barker) first started karting, then my brother (Josh Fielding) and I started shortly after and it all escalated from there.
You have started your career in karting, like many other drivers. Do you think karting will be an essential step in the career of a race driver?
I think it is hugely beneficial. You just have to make sure you transfer the right skills over, such as the race craft.
During the 2016 season you will race in the Ford MSA Formula 4 Championship. What is the most important aspect that made you the decide to compete in this championship and what are your expectations for the 2016 season?
My aim is to win the British F4 Championship this year. We are on a very tight budget this year and without JHR Developments and Amigos Beer I probably would not be racing at all. We are trying to prove you can race on a budget against drivers and teams that chuck hundreds of thousands of pounds into it.
When you look to your future; what are the main goals that you want to achieve during the remainder of your career in racing?
It is very difficult at the moment. Lots of drivers have the money to go which ever route they want by paying. My main aim is to try and get a career in motorsport, which ever route that takes me down. I am very passionate about winning and will do whatever it takes to win.
Every race driver has good and bad moments during his career. What is your best moment in racing, until now? What is the moment you would like to forget as soon as possible?
I have had a lot of great moments throughout my career. Racing against current Formula 1 drivers, for example. Every time I win feels special though, because all the hard work and determination I have put in has paid off.
I had a point where my racing came to an end due to financial reasons. So I had a year out to get myself back out onto the grid.
The life of a race driver is tough physically and mentally. Do you have a special training programme to stay fit and to gain strength?
Yes, I do and I really enjoy training.
From the outside, being a race driver looks like a real dream. But there are also negative points, of course. If you could take people a look at the ‘inside’ of racing, what do you think is the most negative point of being a race driver?
Some drivers do not really like the side of training, missing out on the social life etc. But it is a way of life and I enjoy every moment I put into it. When I am on track and winning there is no better feeling. So I know the sacrifices are 100% worth it.
If you could change lives for one day, what racing driver would you choose and why?
I would not. I know I put as much work into this as anyone out there, which makes the good days way more rewarding than when it would have been handed it all on a plate. I have loved every minute of my journey so far and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me.
What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
Keep pushing and never give up. There are a lot of hard days, but eventually it will all pay off.