So often, I hear those around me say life is all about “racing towards the finishing line”. But for me, it has always been about reaching the starting block!

Formula 1 is so different to any other sport in the world.

You have to fund everything yourself to be able to get the opportunity to showcase your talent.

Hoping to later be picked up and paid as a professional in Formula 1 – it’s a bloody expensive pathway for any emerging junior driver.

It’s something that hasn’t come easy and obviously there’s had to be a lot of sacrifices that my family have made for us to get this far. My parents work very hard and without their support, this definitely wouldn’t have been possible.

Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

As a family we’ve put everything on the line to make my dream of reaching Formula 1 a possibility. So my dream is more of a family goal – we’re in it together as a team!

2018 has been a pretty good year to say the least. Sitting half way into the season I’m reasonably happy with how my second year in the Formula Renault Eurocup Championship has gone.

I’ve managed to consistently be inside the top ten with a best finish of 4th. Our progress and growth has been strong and I feel that our best is still yet to come.

Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Spielberg (AUT) JUL 20-22 2018 – Formule Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. Action. © 2018 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Having competed in the same Championship as a rookie last year, I’ve been able to come into 2018 with a clear understanding on what I had to work on and areas I needed to improve if I was to have any success in the sport.

We’ve shown improvement on the results from last year and I feel I have really developed as a driver.

Naturally, all you ever want to do is keep a lid on things, but I really do feel as though we are building something special. To be honest, I’ve felt that way ever since I was a kid.

Competing in the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship was where my international racing career kicked off and when it all started to click into gear.

The most recent Australian to have won, on the same circuit and at the same age , has been Daniel Ricciardo. Suffice to say he has gone on to have an alright career!

Knowing that I am following in a very similar path to someone who’s been able to achieve what he has… certainly gives me a sense of confidence. Daniel is one of the best in the world, so to have someone like him to look up to is tremendous.

Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

What I admire most about him is how he raises the flag for our country – he’s really helped cemented Australia in the world of motorsport and is a great ambassador for our nation.

Because of his example, people in the industry kind of know us Australians to be hard-working and passionate people that can keep their composure in tough times and continue to push on despite all the challenges they have to face. 

In Formula One it’s not just about how quick you can drive, it’s also about your identity off the track and how the public perceive you as a person.

Daniel’s setting a good example for our country and it’s helped open doors and makes things, in a way, better for us young drivers.

I often get asked; what is the dream? What wakes you up every day wanting to continue what you’re doing? What is it that you’re really trying to strive towards?

It’s Formula One or nothing.

Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Spielberg (AUT), July 20-22 2018: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Red Bull Ring. Thomas Maxwell #62 JD Motorsport. © 2018 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

It’s such an immense dream – the feeling inside that makes me want to run through walls and do anything possible.

In my opinion, being able to race at that level is the greatest achievement in Motorsport. And the only way to get there is to show that you’re the best there is in all aspects, which is what I am setting out to do.

If you can show you’ve got the potential and the speed, then you can overcome any hurdle that comes your way.

I have a long way to go, I know that, but what gets us through in life is to have goals and objectives we can live by and mine is to dream of representing Australia on the biggest stages in Motorsport.

It’s all about strapping in and enjoying the ride.