Singaporean teen moves closer to F1 dream

By Hoang Nguyen   November 3, 2023 | 04:00 am PT
Singaporean teen moves closer to F1 dream
Christian Ho lifts his trophy after finishing first at the race of Spanish Formula Four Championship in Valencia, Spain on Oct. 15, 2023. Photo by Instagram/christianho51
Christian Ho is taking another step toward his goal to become the first Singaporean racer to compete in Formula One.

The 17-year-old is attending Spanish Formula Four Chamionship, a stepping stone for young racers to progress to Formula Three, and has had a good season so far.

Each season of the Spanish Formula Four Chamionship has seven rounds of three races. Last month Ho claimed his second win of the season in Valencia. He is currently second in the championship with 216 points and still has one more race weekend to go in Barcelona, although the gap between him and the leader Theophile Nael is 65 points, which will be difficult to level.

"Overall I have learned quite a lot. It's a championship where you have to adapt quite a bit and really find your way to first place instead of just winning from the front," The Strait Times cited Ho as saying on Thursday.

Having moved to Europe aged 10, Ho has made significant progress on his racing journey. In 2018, he became the first Asian driver to win a race in the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft (DKM) German Karting Championship series.

After finishing second in the FIA Karting Academy Trophy and the German Junior championship in OK-Junior karts in 2019, he moved up to F4 in 2022. From next season, he will compete in the Eurocip-3 series, which also serves as a stepping stone for racers to move up to F3.

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