Ahead of his first full season of racing outside of America, Campos Racing’s Hunter Yeany says he feels the “more chilled” style of racing in Europe compared to his homeland is a better fit for his abilities.
The 16-year-old American has spent the vast majority of his career to date competing in America, winning the United States F4 Championship in his first year of single-seater racing in 2020.
But after further spells in Formula Regional Americas and Indy Pro 2000, Yeany opted to make the switch to Europe, joining Charouz Racing System for two rounds of the 2021 F3 season, in Spa-Francorchamps and Zandvoort.
“I didn’t know what to expect going into Formula 3,” he recalled. “Spa was my first time in the car, and I knew that it would be very rainy. I only got a bit of time in the car when it was dry, and the rest of the weekend was very wet, but it was good.
“I think the two rounds helped me to adapt quite a bit. I like the rules a bit better over here, and I like that there is a freedom to race.
“I feel like American racing is more aggressive, whereas over here it is a bit more chilled. I would say my style is aggressive if needed but I think that I am quite smooth.”
Making the switch to Campos Racing for his first full campaign, Yeany has been impressed with the Spanish side so far, echoing comments made by his teammate David Vidales, who praised the togetherness of the team.
“I have enjoyed it so far,” said Yeany. “I feel like the whole team is in a very high place, so I feel like we can have a very successful year. It is like a family, and they are really nice to work with.
“The F3 car is one of the more physical cars that I have driven but I have been working out over winter so hopefully we can manage it better this year. My main goal is to win, so I'll just try as hard as I can to achieve that.
“I think with all of the work that we have been doing over the winter, the car should be pretty good.”