Sebastian Gravlund

A Race to Forget – But Gravlund Learned from Jerez

Some race weekends belong in the forgettable category. For Sebastian Gravlund, the second round of the Spanish Formula 4 Championship was one of them.

After qualifying in 18th place for the first race of the weekend at the Jerez circuit, Sebastian got a strong start and made up some positions in the field. However, there was close contact with a competitor through one of the fast turns, and that spelled the end of the race:

“We came to one of the fastest turns on the track, and the driver behind me was right up at the back of my car. So when we turned into the corner, he turned a bit too much and hit my rear wheel. That sent me at full speed into the gravel, and the race was over for me,” says Sebastian Gravlund, who then hoped for redemption in the second race.

Before that, the qualification for the race had to be completed, and just as the Danish racer was finishing his fastest lap, the qualification was stopped due to an accident. Consequently, he could not benefit from his otherwise good lap time and had to settle for starting in 20th place.

In this race, however, Gravlund could drive well and move up to 17th place without major challenges on the track. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the third and final race of the weekend, which started well:

“I got a superb start and quickly moved up 4-5 places, but suddenly, the front hood lifted from the car and fell off. That, in itself, was bad because it ruins the aerodynamics of the car, but it also knocked one side mirror crooked, so I didn’t have a proper overview of my competitors from behind,” says Sebastian Gravlund, who finished the race in 22nd place after losing valuable positions due to a five-second time penalty for crossing the track limits too many times.

“It’s been one of those weekends I’d like to erase from memory as quickly as possible. I’ve learned a few things because of the challenges I faced, but it takes a toll on confidence when it’s an entire weekend that just doesn’t work. I need to get back on the horse, and fortunately, there’s only a week until the next race—so now it’s time to hit the big reset button and get ready for that!”

The third round of the championship takes place at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Sebastian and MP Motorsport have already tested on the track, and it suits the Danish driver’s style:

“I’m looking forward to going there. We had good speed when we tested there, so I’m counting on doing extra well there,” concludes Sebastian Gravlund.