Motor racing ace Seb Morris has moved a step closer to achieving his F1 dream.

The talented 18-year-old, a former pupil at Abbey Gate College, Saighton, has been selected to join the Caterham F1 Racing Academy following an impressive year on the track.

Morris, from Marford, will be making the step-up to Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup action with Fortec Motorsport this year after becoming vice-champion of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in 2013 with the Hillspeed team.

He will now go into the new season with the backing of the F1 team, who will provide him with the use of state-of-the-art facilities to help further his development, while keeping a keen eye on his results.

“This is hopefully the start of something really big and a huge 12 months for me,” said Morris.

“Being part of the Caterham Academy will allow me to really develop myself as I’ll have use of their facilities.

“They have an F1 simulator, which is one of only 11 in the world.

“Having the ability to use the equipment and be able to review my performances and fitness levels in detail will really help me to improve and better myself.”

After enjoying a rapid rise through the sport, Morris knows the weight of expectation will be greater during the coming season but stated he is ready to cope with the pressure.

“If I win this year it will be a massive step forward for me but I know that I’m going to be facing some stiff competition,” said Morris, who was selected as a finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award last season, as well as being chosen as one of the fashion brand Jack Wills’ ‘Young Britons’ and an ambassador for watch makers TAG Heuer.

“While I had some success last year, I want this year to be better and know that I’ve got to be consistent. This really is a make-or-break year for me if I’m honest.

“My dream has always been to emulate the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button and this opportunity represents another step in the right direction.

“It is a huge chance for me and one that I fully intend to grasp with both hands.”