First Race Karts: Honda Cadet Bayford Meadows Winter Series 2008
First Race Cars: FIA F4 Brands Hatch Indy 2014
Hobbies: Football,skiing,composing music & playing the piano
Favourite circuit cars: Macau
Favourite meal: Penne all'Arrabbiata
Favourite drink: Cranberry Juice
Favourite music: House/hip hop/rap
Favourite subject while at school and/or university: Physics and Biology
Favourite thing to do when not racing: PS4, piano, gym
Motorsport hero: James Hunt / Ayrton Senna
Humility is not always present in young drivers but Dan doesn't pretend to be perfect. "Some people will know the mistakes I've made. I have changed my attitude massively and I cannot wait to prove that to everyone." A strong statement going into 2017 but the seventeen-year-old Briton is very clear and not lacking in confidence when he lays out his expectations for the coming season. "To win the European Formula Renault 2.0L Championship."
He has already come a long way since he started serious kart racing in 2008 even though he was the first in the family to go racing. "None of my family have ever raced. My father and I both have a great passion for cars and I'm sure if my dad had the opportunity I have when he was my age he would have raced too."
Early success 2008
"I showed great interest in cars and racing and my dad recognised this. I first got into a kart at the age of 7."
"My father has to be the biggest support I've had both financially and mentally. It has sometimes been a difficult road but the hard work is starting to pay off. My Grandad also helped a lot in the very early stages of my kart career. He passed away earlier this year and I wish he were still here to see my journey blossom. He was a great support. Must mention my mother and three younger brothers who are my biggest fans!"
Beyond this season his aims are equally centred. "I want to get into F1 I can focus on winning the world championship once I'm there!"
That's not an unusual aim and Dan showed early on that he is a natural in a formula car as he remembers one of his best events. "My first race in cars in British FIA F4 in 2015 at Donington. I was quickest in both practices and qualified double pole and then went on to win both races. I had really good pace all weekend and even in the reverse grid race I made up a lot of places."
He has equally fond memories from his karting days. "In the WSK Euro Series 2014 whilst in Italy I started P6 and I knew my pace wasn't good enough to win. I went from P6 to P1 in the first lap and defended throughout the whole race, if anyone came past me I overtook them back and created a gap. In this race, I was 6 tenths off the pace and still finished 2nd. It was just a really fun race. Even though I wasn't fast."
From 2016 he picks out Macau as the most memorable event. "The atmosphere is electric and the circuit is incredible. I finished P8 in Saturday's Qualifying Race. This was my first race ever in FIA F3 starting from the grid proper (Hockenheim I started from the pit lane)."
"That was just the best track I've driven by far. I love how accurate you have to be with limits of the track. The best drivers can drive at 100% almost always with very few mistakes. All drivers can drive at 100% when required but what's great about Macau is that you have no run off so the drivers who are best can push 100% while remaining fully in control of the car and not hitting the walls."
"Most normal tracks have miles of run off so it doesn't matter if you make a mistake. At Macau however you'll damage the car if you make any mistakes."
For Dan, just being a race car driver isn't enough."I have to be honest, My favourite aspect of racing is definitely winning which is what makes me so driven. However that doesn't mean I don't enjoy working with my team to improve. Seeing a positive progression in my driving or the pace of the car is also very rewarding."