Jake Hughes (born 30 May 1994) is a British racing driver and winner of the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship. He has won multiple races at Formula 3 level, and is currently competing in the Formula 2 Championship for HWA Racelab.

Career

Karting

Hughes started his racing career in karting in 2010 at the age of sixteen, finishing eleventh in the Junior Class of the Easykart UK Championship.[2] In 2011, he finished fifth in the Super 1 National Formula KGP Championship.[3] He stayed in the same championship for 2012, improving to fourth in the series standings.[4]

Local championships

Hughes made his single-seaters début in 2012 at Silverstone in the Formula Renault BARC Championship with Antel Motorsport and contested in the Rockingham round of the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.

For 2013, he decided to move in the newly created BRDC Formula 4 Championship, joining Lanan Racing. He took four wins with another six podiums to clinch the championship title, beating Seb Morris by 35 points.[5]

Formula Renault

Hughes returned in the Formula Renault machinery with Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup switch in 2014.[6] He had only one podium, finishing third at Silverstone on his route to the eighth in the series standings. Also in 2014 he had part-time campaigns in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps.

For 2015 he signed with Koiranen GP to contest full-time both in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps.[7] He was victorious only in the second race at Spa and had another four podiums, finishing sixth in the championship. Though in the Alps championship he was more successful, winning races at Spa, Monza and Misano and taking the lead of the championship before the final round. However, due to two finishes outside of the podium places in that final event Hughes lost out on the title to Jack Aitken by just five points. In a podcast with Dan Ticktum six years later, Hughes revealed that he had competed in the final round with a cracked chassis, which had cost him performance throughout the weekend.[8]

GP3 Series

Hughes graduated in the GP3 Series in 2016, joining newcomers DAMS.[9] He earned his first GP3 victory in the sprint race at Hockenheim.[10]

Hughes returned to the GP3 Series for 2018, after a one year absence which he spent in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He raced for ART Grand Prix alongside Nikita Mazepin and his friends Callum Ilott and Anthoine Hubert.[11] He claimed his first and only win of the year in the second race at the Red Bull Ring and ended up eighth in the standings, whilst his teammates locked out the first three positions in the standings.[12]

Formula 3

FIA F3 European Championship

For 2017, Hughes made the switch from the GP3 Series to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, having competed in the final round of the 2016 season. He contested the season with the Hitech GP team.[13] He claimed his first and only win at the second race in Nürburgring and finished the season 5th in the driver's championship.[14]

FIA Formula 3 Championship

Hughes continued in the third tier of single-seater racing, as the GP3 Series rebranded to become the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Hughes joined the new HWA Racelab outfit alongside Keyvan Andres and Bent Viscaal.[15] Hughes claimed his only win of the year in a fortuitous sprint race at the Red Bull Ring, as race leaders Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong collided on the final lap. Shwartzman crossed the line first, but was given a penalty for causing the collision, handing the win to Hughes.[16] Hughes claimed a double podium finish at the Hungaroring, finishing both races in third place.[17] Hughes scored 90 of his team's 100 points over the season, placing him seventh in the drivers' championship.

Hughes was retained by HWA Racelab for the 2020 season and was joined by Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi and Red Bull junior Jack Doohan.[18] Hughes experienced a poor start to the season, collecting only half a point from the first six races. He was on course for a top-two finish in the sprint race at the second Red Bull Ring round, but collided with Liam Lawson and suffered race-ending damage.[19] He took his first podium of the year in the feature race at the second Silverstone round, followed by his first Formula 3 feature race victory in Barcelona the following week. Hughes claimed his second win of the year at the Monza sprint race. He ended the season seventh in the championship for a second consecutive year, scoring 111.5 of his team's 138.5 points.

Shortly prior to the final round of the 2020 championship, Hughes announced that he would leave the series at the end of the year, having spent five years racing at Formula 3 level.[20] However in 2021, Hughes returned to the championship at the fourth round at the Hungaroring as a substitute driver, replacing the injured Kaylen Frederick at Carlin Buzz Racing.[21] He finished the races in 16th, 17th and 13th respectively.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

On 22 September 2020 it was announced that Jake Hughes would step up to Formula 2, replacing Giuliano Alesi at the BWT HWA Racelab team for the 10th round at the Sochi Autodrom.[22] Hughes finished 12th on his feature race debut, but was eliminated from the sprint race after a first-lap collision with Guilherme Samaia.[23] Hughes was replaced by former FIA Formula 3 competitor Théo Pourchaire for the final two rounds in Bahrain.[24]

Before the fifth round of the 2021 season, held at Monza, Hughes was confirmed to once again be stepping in at HWA, this time due to an injury sustained by regular driver Jack Aitken at the 24 Hours of Spa.[25] In the first race, which was plagued by retirements from numerous other drivers, Hughes managed to finish twelfth, having started from the pit lane after stalling on the formation lap. He had to retire from the second race after a collision with his teammate Alessio Deledda. In the third race of the weekend Hughes finished 13th. The following round at Sochi, Hughes went on to score his first points in Formula 2, finishing fourth in the sprint race.[26] This also gave HWA their best ever race finish in the series to date.

Formula E

On 25 February 2020 it was announced that Jake Hughes would be the reserve driver for Venturi Racing in the 7th season of the 2020–21 Formula E World Championship.[27]

Personal life

Hughes was born in Birmingham, England and is a supporter of Aston Villa FC.

He is a co-host of the H.Y.M podcast, alongside BMW factory driver Nick Yelloly and Superbike racer Alex Murley, where the three interview notable motorsport personalities, such as Seb Morris, Sheldon van der Linde, Jordan King and Dan Ticktum.[28]

Karting record

Karting career summary

Season Series Team Position
2010 Easykart International Grand Finals — 100 Easykart Easykart UK DNF
Easykart UK — Junior ACR 11th
2011 Super 1 National Championship — Formula KGP 5th
2012 Super 1 National Championship — Formula KGP 4th
Kartmasters British Grand Prix — Formula KGP 3rd
Easykart International Grand Finals — TAG Under 6th

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2012 Formula Renault BARC Antel Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 7 30th
V de V Challenge Monoplace 2 0 0 0 0 25 45th
Formula Renault BARC Winter Series MGR Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 24 14th
2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Lanan Racing 24 4 4 6 10 445 1st
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC ART Junior Team 4 0 0 0 0 152 8th
Mark Burdett Racing 11 0 0 0 1
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Strakka Racing 4 0 0 1 0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen GP 17 1 1 0 5 160 6th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 16 3 2 3 7 237 2nd
2016 GP3 Series DAMS 18 2 1 2 4 90 8th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 3 0 0 0 1 27 16th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Hitech GP 30 1 2 2 7 207 5th
2018 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 1 0 0 3 85 8th
F3 Asian Championship Hitech GP 9 9 6 8 9 225 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship HWA Racelab 16 1 1 2 4 90 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 1 0 N/A 17th
Formula Regional European Championship KIC Motorsport 3 0 0 1 3 45 12th
2019–20 F3 Asian Championship Hitech Grand Prix 6 0 0 1 0 24 14th
2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship HWA Racelab 18 2 0 3 4 111.5 7th
FIA Formula 2 Championship BWT HWA Racelab 2 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2020–21 Formula E Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Reserve driver
ROKiT Venturi Racing
2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship HWA Racelab 3 0 0 0 0 0 24th
FIA Formula 3 Championship Carlin Buzz Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 27th
Formula One Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Simulator driver

As Hughes was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete BRDC Formula 4 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2013 Lanan Racing SIL1
1

2
SIL1
2

5
SIL1
3

Ret
BRH1
1

6
BRH1
2

4
BRH1
3

11
SNE1
1

9
SNE1
2

6
SNE1
3

1
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

2
BRH2
1

4
BRH2
2

4
BRH2
3

1
SIL2
1

2
SIL2
2

9
SIL2
3

1
SNE2
1

3
SNE2
2

2
SNE2
3

8
DON
1

1
DON
2

6
DON
3

4
1st 445

Complete Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2014 ART Junior Team MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

26
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

5
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

8
HOC
3

10
SPA
1

10
SPA
2

9
ASS
1

16
ASS
2

11
MST
1

7
MST
2

22
MST
3

C
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

10
NÜR
3

C
8th 152

Complete Formula Renault Eurocup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2014 Mark Burdett Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

22
SIL
1
SIL
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NC† 0
Strakka Racing HUN
1

24
HUN
2

12
LEC
1
LEC
2
JER
1

Ret
JER
2

8
2015 Koiranen GP ALC
1

8
ALC
2

7
ALC
3

13
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

3
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

5
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

7
LMS
1

Ret
LMS
2

15
JER
1

5
JER
2

7
JER
3

4
6th 160

As Hughes was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2015 Koiranen GP IMO
1

Ret
IMO
2

3
PAU
1

5
PAU
2

2
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

4
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

3
MNZ
1

14
MNZ
2

1
MNZ
3

Ret
MIS
1

5
MIS
2

1
JER
1

4
JER
2

9
2nd 237

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2016 DAMS CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

8
RBR
FEA

8
RBR
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

23
HUN
SPR

19
HOC
FEA

8
HOC
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

10
SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

12
YMC
FEA

7
YMC
SPR

1
8th 90
2018 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

3
LEC
FEA

10
LEC
SPR

17
RBR
FEA

5
RBR
SPR

1
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

14
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA

9
MNZ
SPR

4
SOC
FEA

7
SOC
SPR

16
YMC
FEA

7
YMC
SPR

2
8th 85

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2016 Carlin Volkswagen LEC
1
LEC
2
LEC
3
HUN
1
HUN
2
HUN
3
PAU
1
PAU
2
PAU
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
SPA
1
SPA
2
SPA
3
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
IMO
1
IMO
2
IMO
3
HOC
1

19
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

3
16th 27
2017 Hitech GP Mercedes SIL
1

13
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

13
MNZ
1

10
MNZ
2

13
MNZ
3

Ret
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

6
PAU
3

Ret
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

4
HUN
3

7
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

2
NOR
3

5
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

4
SPA
3

Ret
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

2
ZAN
3

5
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

1
NÜR
3

2
RBR
1

11
RBR
2

13
RBR
3

16
HOC
1

12
HOC
2

5
HOC
3

8
5th 207

Complete Macau Grand Prix results

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali Race Main race
2016 United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F312 6th 10th 6th
2018 United Kingdom Hitech GP Dallara F317 6th 5th 4th
2019 Germany HWA Racelab Dallara F3 2019 6th DNF 17th

Complete F3 Asian Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
2018 Dragon HitechGP SEP1
1

1
SEP1
2

1
SEP1
3

1
NIS1
1
NIS1
2
NIS1
3
SIC
1

1
SIC
2

1
SIC
3

1
NIS2
1

1
NIS2
2

1
NIS2
3

1
SEP2
1
SEP2
2
SEP2
3
2nd 225
2019–20 Hitech Grand Prix SEP1
1

Ret
SEP1
2

7
SEP1
3

6
DUB
1

12
DUB
2

5
DUB
3

Ret
ABU
1
ABU
2
ABU
3
SEP2
1
SEP2
2
SEP2
3
CHA
1
CHA
2
CHA
3
14th 24

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2019 HWA Racelab CAT
FEA

17
CAT
SPR

Ret
LEC
FEA

Ret
LEC
SPR

7
RBR
FEA

7
RBR
SPR

1
SIL
FEA

9
SIL
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

3
SPA
FEA

21
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

3
SOC
FEA

7
SOC
SPR

4
7th 90
2020 HWA Racelab RBR
FEA

28
RBR
SPR

12
RBR
FEA

10
RBR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

24
HUN
SPR

19
SIL
FEA

4
SIL
SPR

10
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

7
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

10
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

17
MNZ
FEA

5
MNZ
SPR

1
MUG
FEA

2
MUG
SPR

6
7th 111.5
2021 Carlin Buzz Racing CAT
1
CAT
2
CAT
3
LEC
1
LEC
2
LEC
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
HUN
1

16
HUN
2

17
HUN
3

13
SPA
1
SPA
2
SPA
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
SOC
1
SOC
2
SOC
3
27th 0

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 NC Points
2020 BWT HWA Racelab RBR
FEA

RBR
SPR

RBR
FEA

RBR
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

SIL
FEA

SIL
SPR

SIL
FEA

SIL
SPR

CAT
FEA

CAT
SPR

SPA
FEA

SPA
SPR

MNZ
FEA

MNZ
SPR

MUG
FEA

MUG
SPR

SOC
FEA

12
SOC
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

23rd 0
2021 HWA Racelab BHR
SP1
BHR
SP2
BHR
FEA
MCO
SP1
MCO
SP2
MCO
FEA
BAK
SP1
BAK
SP2
BAK
FEA
SIL
SP1
SIL
SP2
SIL
FEA
MNZ
SP1

12
MNZ
SP2

Ret
MNZ
FEA

13
SOC
SP1

4
SOC
SP2

C
SOC
FEA

18
JED
SP1
JED
SP2
JED
FEA
YMC
SP1
YMC
SP2
YMC
FEA
18th* 8*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. ^ "F2 fastest laps". results.motorsportstats.com. Motorsport Stats. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Easykart UK — Junior 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Super 1 National Formula KGP Championship 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Super 1 National Formula KGP Championship 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (17 October 2013). "Hughes wins first Donington race to seal BRDC F4 title". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  6. ^ Goddard, Stephen (16 January 2014). "Jake Hughes joins Mark Burdett Motorsport for Formula Renault 2.0 NEC". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Jake Hughes joins Koiranen GP in 2015". Koiranen GP. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. ^ Dan Ticktum I Williams F1 Development Driver, Carlin F2 & The Story So Far!, retrieved 9 September 2021
  9. ^ "DAMS puts faith in impressive all-rookie line-up for maiden GP3 Series campaign". GP3 Series. GP2 Series Limited. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  10. ^ Bosley, Jacob (31 July 2016). "Jake Hughes takes maiden GP3 victory in second race at Hockenheim". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  11. ^ Allen, Peter (16 January 2018). "Jake Hughes makes GP3 return with ART". Formula Scout. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  12. ^ Allen, Peter (1 July 2018). "Hughes defeats Piquet to win Red Bull Ring GP3 race two after top three collide". Formula Scout. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ Simmons, Marcus. "Jake Hughes swaps from GP3 to European F3 with Hitech for 2017". Autosport.com. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  14. ^ Simmons, Marcus. "Jake Hughes holds off charging Lando Norris at Nurburgring". Autosport.com. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Team complete: Formula 3 race winner Jake Hughes to drive for HWA RACELAB in 2019". presse.hwaag.com. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  16. ^ "FORMULA 3: Hughes takes first win after dramatic last lap clash in Austria". www.formula1.com. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Formula 3: Armstrong takes first FIA F3 win, in reverse-grid Hungary race | Formula 1®". www.formula1.com. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  18. ^ Allen, Peter (8 January 2020). "Fittipaldi and Doohan join Hughes at HWA for 2020 FIA F3 season". Formula Scout. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  19. ^ Waring, Bethonie (12 July 2020). "Theo Pourchaire inherits first FIA F3 victory after Lawson and Hughes collide". formulascout.com. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  20. ^ Suttill, Josh (11 September 2020). "Jake Hughes confirms 2020 will be his last year racing in Formula 3". formulascout.com. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  21. ^ Woollard, Craig (27 July 2021). "Hughes makes surprise F3 return as stand-in for injured Frederick". formulascout.com. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  22. ^ "Hughes promoted to F2, replacing Alesi at BWT HWA RACELAB for Round 10". FIA_F2® - The Official F2® Website. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  23. ^ Allen, Peter (27 September 2020). "Zhou takes first F2 win in Sochi sprint race cut short by huge crash". formulascout.com. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  24. ^ Smith, Luke (14 October 2020). "Pourchaire to make F2 debut with HWA in Bahrain". motorsport.com. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  25. ^ Wood, Ida (7 September 2021). "Hughes gets second F2 outing with HWA at Monza". Formula Scout. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  26. ^ "Formel 2 in Sotschi 2021: Dan Ticktum gewinnt Sprintrennen". de.motorsport.com (in German). Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  27. ^ "Jake Hughes joins Venturi as Formula E reserve". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  28. ^ "https://twitter.com/jakehughesrace". Twitter. Retrieved 9 September 2021. External link in |title= (help)

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Champion

2013
Succeeded by