Renault protege Max Fewtrell believes the surge of young drivers entering Formula 1 shows him that it is not just “some crazy dream”.
British trio George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon have all landed seats at Williams, McLaren and Toro Rosso respectively for the upcoming 2019 season – the three that locking out P1, P2 and P3 in last year’s Formula 2 Championship.
2018 Formula Renault Eurocup champion Fewtrell is stepping up to the rebranded FIA Formula 3 Championship with reigning champions ART Grand Prix, after the Brit was retained as a member Renault’s young driver programme for a third successive year.
“The young guys are obviously taking up all the seats but it’s good to open the eyes of F1 fans who have been used to the same grid now that the young generation are going through,” Fewtrell told Crash.net.
“Hopefully it will become more and more normal each year for us young guys to jump onto the grid.
“It shows me that it is possible and they are all my friends as well.
“I know most of them and it just puts that light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not just some crazy dream that won’t happen – if you put the work in then it will.”
Fewtrell is hoping for a future drive with Renault and may be in-line for some experience with the Formula 1 machinery over the coming year.
First of all though, the 19-year-old must reach the targets set for him in Formula 3 if he is to stay in Renault’s plans.