Academy Focus...Sun Yue Yang

Renault Sport Academy Driver Sun Yue Yang opened up his 2018 British Formula 3 Championship at Oulton Park last week with a sixth place in the opening-race in Cheshire.

Sunny, 16 and from Shanghai, is driving for British-based Carlin this season in the Formula 3 Championship, as he continues his development with the Academy, where he has been a member since 2016.

Ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, Sunny discusses life at Enstone, his targets in British Formula 3 this season, and what he gets up to in his spare time.

What’s it like being a Renault Sport Academy Driver?
It’s very good being a Renault Sport Academy Driver and very beneficial for my racing career. The last two years have been busy and last season was a real challenge, but through the help of the Academy, my family and my coach, I have taken little steps and I’m going for a positive British F3 campaign this year.

Are you enjoying racing in the British Formula 3 Championship this year?
The level is slightly easier compared to Formula Renault Eurocup last season and the car is easier to drive. I’ve been working on my racing technique and it’s a very good category to race in. The F3 cars are fun to drive as they are quick and very stable, meaning I can develop my racing skills at a good pace.

How did the first round at Oulton Park go?
The first race went well with sixth place. The second two races were more difficult, and I need to better prepare myself for the next one, which is in Rockingham at the end of the month. I’ve been testing again recently, and I look forward to adding better results over the next few races.

What do you do in your spare time?
I study at home when I’m not racing, mainly maths and physics with a bit of chemistry, English and Chinese. I read quite a lot as I’m home schooled. I like to read books and write, and, when I can, I try to do other sports. I don’t have too many friends to hang out with, so I tend to do a lot of studying.

Are you excited for the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend?
I’m very excited and I will be with Renault for the entire weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting all the guests and VIPs, especially those from Tmall as they are the biggest shopping website in China. They are very powerful within Chinese business, so I hope they will be a great help to not only my cause, but also for Renault Sport Formula One Team. It’s going to be a busy weekend for me, I have a lot of things to do, but I’m looking forward to that.