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Chloe Chong surprising transition to British F4 left everyone in shock

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Chloe Chong’s journey in motorsport continues with a move from F1 Academy to the F4 British Championship. While nine drivers from last year’s F1 Academy grid returned for the 2024 season, Chong opted for a fresh start in British F4. She joins JHR Developments, a team she has a connection with since her first F4 test in 2022.

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Before making the transition, Chong and her family carefully considered their options. The goal remains clear: reaching Formula One. To achieve this, she recognizes the need to be competitive and undergo thorough testing. While financial constraints prevent participation in a winter championship, a year dedicated to honing her skills will position her well for 2025.

British F4 offers a different landscape. Competitors are closer in age, and the championship takes place entirely in the United Kingdom (with one round at Zandvoort). Off the track, relationships among peers are more intimate due to the narrower age range. Chong finds comfort in this environment, free from the unease of being around significantly older individuals.

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Chloe’s challenges for her career

Before her F1 Academy opportunity, Chong contemplated quitting racing due to its high costs. However, when Prema Racing extended an offer, she seized the chance. Her family pooled resources to support her racing endeavors, recognizing the sacrifices involved.

Chong’s debut season in cars was a whirlwind. She joined F1 Academy as a 15-year-old, having spent only a few days in a Formula 4 car before the season began. Despite the challenges, she adapted quickly. Reflecting on her early races, she admitted to struggling with race starts and pit exits. The lack of extensive testing due to funding constraints posed a hurdle.

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Throughout the season, Chong experienced highs and lows. While she scored points in the opening race in Austria, her overall performance yielded points in just five additional races. Her best finish was sixth place, achieved three times. Ultimately, she finished 14th in the standings with a total of 25 points. Notably, she closed the season strongly, earning points in each of the final four races.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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