Newey Jr: "My name doesn't give me much advantage"

British open-wheel junior Harrison Newey, son of revered Formula 1 designer Adrian, says his father does not want him to get preferential treatment in his racing career.

The 17-year-old, who dovetails an ADAC F4 campaign with a full-time assault on BRDC F4, admitted that his surname creates a lot of attention around him, but said that he “doesn't get much advantage from it”.

“My dad, as far as he's concerned, wants me to have the same race car as everyone else,” Newey said. “It's fair enough, really.”

“I'm a young driver trying to prove myself, so what would be the point in having the best equipment of all? You're never going to prove yourself like that.”

The Briton partners fellow single-seater newcomer and famous surname holder Mick Schumacher at Van Amersfoort Racing in the German series.

He is two places down on Schumacher in the standings in 17th, having missed a round at Spielberg and having taken a top-five finish at Spa.

“There's a fair number of crashes in the championship and I seem to have gotten involved in a few of them,” said Newey, who has qualified inside the top 10 on all but one occasion but has only finished in the points four times.

He has had a stronger campaign in BRDC F4, with five podiums to his name. Newey currently sits fifth overall in the points, having moved both up and down the standings over a hectic round at Brands Hatch last weekend, which featured a front row start, a second-place finish and a trip to the gravel.

Despite having started from pole on two occasions, Newey is still seeking his first win in single-seaters – his first pole, at Rockingham, was followed up by a mechanical failure on the warm-up lap, while his second at Snetterton saw teammate Will Palmer pass him off the line.

It's Palmer, winner of six races in 2015, who leads the BRDC F4 standings, with 108 points separating him and fifth-placed Newey.

The latter, however, vowed to fight for the title until it's “physically impossible” and remains well in mathematical contention, with another three rounds to go after Brands and 95 points available per round.

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