After having learned the ropes on kart tracks, Thomas Maxwell moved on to Formula Ford in Australia before breaking into the international scene with second place in the Formula Masters Winter GP on the Sepang circuit. He then raced in the BRDC British F3 Championship in which he came seventh overall and first of his team’s drivers. The Australian’s next step is the Eurocup Formula Renault, and he’s already looking forward to the challenge which awaits him with Tech 1 Racing.
“It’s going to be incredible to race for such an experienced and strong team as Tech 1 Racing,” enthused the driver looked after by Andy Priaulx Sports Management. “I’m very happy to be a part of it and I can’t wait to kick off my season. The Eurocup Formula Renault is a real launch pad. It’s an excellent package in terms of visibility, circuits and renown. It was a no-brainer for the next stage of my career.
“The team’s really closely knit and we already get on very well. As it all happened very quickly it’s an important factor. I feel at ease in the squad. We had excellent test sessions and I 'matched' with my engineer straight away. In spite of the different nationalities and languages we understood each other immediately, and we work well together to get the maximum out of the car.”
He’s the first Australian to drive for Tech 1 Racing since Daniel Ricciardo, and this is a source of inspiration for him in the Toulouse-based outfit.
“It’s pretty cool to think Daniel Ricciardo drove for Tech 1 Racing and won races with them. I hope that we can do the same, but getting into the top eight would be good. If we make good progress we can finish the year on a high with excellent results. I’ll fight and give it my best to reach the top! But there are certain areas in which I still have work to do. While the performances in the BRDC F3 and Formula Renault cars are pretty much the same, the driving style is different. Nonetheless, I’m confident and I’m going to rise to the challenges I’ll meet on tracks I’m racing on for the first time. It’s really awesome to compete on such circuits. We’ll obviously have some ground to make up on the layouts that are new to me, but hopefully we can progress quickly so that I can prove my worth!”
"Thomas is an exceptional talent with very good work ethic," said Andy Priaulx. "No doubt that all his hard work will pay off. The plan was to progress from British F3 into European racing for 2017 and we believed that the Eurocup Formula Renault championship was a good move due to the high level of competition, circuits and learning outcomes. I'm really happy that we worked out a deal with Tech 1 Racing, they're definitely a top team and I'm confident that we will have a great 2017 season!"
“It’s a real pleasure to welcome Thomas Maxwell to the team,” said a delighted Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing Team Manager. “Thomas is quick and he’s got experience. We already saw what a hard-working and conscientious guy he is during winter testing, and we know that he’ll be a regular top-six finisher at the start of the year. It’s up to us to pursue our efforts to do much better between now and the mid-season mark, maybe even a little earlier!”