F1 » 27 September 2012
Welsh 'future star' interviews Schumacher
Welshman Seb Morris is tipped for big things, and who better to learn from than a seven-time world champion?
Welsh youngster Seb Morris will be the subject of a dedicated one-hour documentary to be screened on the Sky Sports F1 channel next week as the broadcaster profiles potential successors to the likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Entitled Britain's Next F1 Star, the programme details the 16-year old's motor racing career to date as he strives for a potential future in the FIA F1 World Championship. One of six young racers to be highlighted by the series, which is produced by USP Content and sponsored by Scalextric, Morris is currently in the midst of his first year of single-seater action in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship.
Graduating to Formula Renault from the ranks of Ginetta Junior, where he won the championship in 2011 having already made history by winning the previous year's Winter Series at the tender age of 14, Morris made a major impact by winning only his second ever race in single-seaters. The Welshman is fourth in the driver standings – the highest placed single-seater rookie – and just 15 points outside the coveted top three. To date, he has three race victories, a total of four podiums, five pole positions and three fastest laps to his credit.
With a look at his formative career, coupled with a glance at his life away from the motorsport paddock as well, the highlight of the filming process for the Ginetta Ambassador was the chance to meet, and interview, his sporting hero – seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.
“It's fantastic my programme is the first of the series, I'm really happy about that,” Morris said, “I was so surprised when I had the chance to interview Michael. I was really shocked – we all were – when I got the call to say I needed to be at the Mercedes team factory the next morning for a certain time to meet Michael.
“Everything he has to do is down to the precise minute so, whenever he does interviews away from the track, it's usually when he's travelling to or from an airport. We travelled with him on his way to catching a private jet and I was able to do a proper interview.
“It was such a special moment for me, he's been my idol all through my racing career and there he was, looking me straight in the eye, while I interviewed him – fantastic! I really can't thank Michael, and everyone at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, enough for making it happen.”
As Morris' highly impressive maiden season in single-seater racing nears its conclusion, the exposure the documentary will provide will be absolutely crucial as he strives to attract the sponsorship to carry his career forward through the upper echelons of the sport towards a career in F1.
“The audience will be massive, I think the show is going to be repeated twelve times, so there's no excuse for anyone missing it!” he joked, “It's a huge boost for me to be featured on something like this, it really helps put me in the limelight and the great thing is it also shows how hard young racing drivers have to work.
“It's not just about rocking up to the track and driving a car, there's a lot more to it and especially so when you're trying to build a professional career towards F1. The filming was great to be involved with and the cameras followed me everywhere, school, testing, at home and at the track. I think it's a good story – I hope everyone enjoys it!”
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