Pretoria, Adjust Date before syndication 9 March 2017: With his sights set firmly on Formula 1, 15 year old South African born Stuwie White is determined to become the first South African to enter the Formula 1 scene since 1979 when Jody Scheckter graced the tracks.
Stuwie’s goals are on right on track in 2017 as he will represent South Africa in the 2017 Autosport French Formula 4 Championship, while at home he will compete in Formula Ford and endurance race commitments throughout the year. The French series is run in-house from Le Mans as an academy by the French racing Federation, the FFSA, which works in conjunction with Renault. The 2017 champion will be inducted into the Renault Sport Academy which aims to get drivers to the Formula 1.
“It’s been a long time coming and we have worked really hard to get here. Now I can’t wait for the championship to get going with the four rounds in France and three in the rest of Europe – we race at some iconic circuits like Spa, Monza and even here at Le Mans where we have been testing. This is really a big opportunity and we are going to give it our best,” said Stuwie.
Stuwie was exposed to racing from a young age, having first driven a Kart at the age of five when he instantly fell in love with the sport. His dream has always been to follow in the footsteps of his racing heroes, Danish driver, Tom Christensen who holds the record for the most wins at Le Mans, and 29 year old German driver, Sebastian Vettel who currently drives in the Formula 1 for Scuderia Ferrari – who’s driving style Stuwie emulates so well he was dubbed ‘Baby Vettel’.
Stuwie’s racing achievements thus far are extensive and he has gained a substantial fan base both locally and abroad. According to Stuwie, the highlights of his career thus far are placing 2nd at the World Karting Championship in Italy in 2015 and being given the opportunity to race in the French Formula 4 this year.
In spite of reaching such a high level of success so early in his career, Stuwie is well known for his humility, crediting his success to those who have supported and mentored him along the way. “I owe everything to my family who have always supported me and to Ettienne Roos from RKT Roos Kart team. Ettienne has played such a huge role in introducing me to the world of competitive racing and I got my Protea colours under his guidance as well,” says Stuwie.
Stuwie says that he lives by the words of Max Verstappen: “Keep pushing! Never give up – until it comes true.” Through hard work, determination, humility and relentless commitment Stuwie believes that he will reach his ultimate goals of racing at Le Mans one day in an LMP1 car or of becoming a Formula 1 driver.