Ralph Boschung targeting F1 with substantial financial backing

Ralph Boschung may be one of the older drivers in the Formula 2 field, but the Swiss ace is still confident he can make it to Formula 1 with his substantial sponsorship backing

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Ralph Boschung believes his large sponsorship package and a good season in Formula 2 will help him graduate to Formula 1 soon.

After several near misses, Boschung finally broke his F2 win drought at the 96th time of asking in Bahrain at the start of March, taking the sprint race before adding a second place in the feature.

“I always said it as long as I’m in F2, I am going to believe [there is a chance] even if [they] are extremely low,” said Boschung exclusively to Total-Motorsport.com 

“I do know for certain having large backing can be a huge help in securing an F1 seat. I can say [this] with confidence, I have [a] very large [amount] backing with my two sponsors.

“Of course, if I have a very good year in F2, [the] chances may increase a little bit, but yeah, as long as I’m in this paddock, I will believe in it.”

IndyCar and Endurance are still options for the future

A view of the fans and drivers in turn one during the running of the 106th Indianapolis 500. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With only 20 seats on the F1 grid and drivers such as Fernando Alonso continuing well into their 40s, some young drivers have been forced to seek opportunities in other series.

Since 2021, IndyCar have seen several ex-F2 drivers arrive into the series, with Callum Ilott, Marcus Armstrong and Christian Lundgaard now calling America home.

“I’m definitely not interested [in sports cars], that is not an option for me,” says Boschung. “I’ve always been really interested in IndyCar [for a long time]. I like the US as well.

Formula E, I think as well, could be an interesting championship, and endurance is very interesting [with] everything happening there with [the] constructors.

“So I wouldn’t close the door on that. But definitely sportscars [is something] I would never do.”

A business career in the pipeline when racing comes to an end

Ralph Boschung in action at the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix meeting| Ralph Boschung

To raise the budget to go racing in F2 in 2022, Boschung became an entrepreneur handling all of his sponsorship deals, securing backing from Swedish crypto content creator Carl Runefelt aka “The Moon”.

Boschung is one of many drivers to combine racing with business as current F1 team bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner self-funded their driving careers before moving to the pit wall after retiring from competition.

“Yeah, definitely,” said Boschung when asked about whether he wanted to get involved in business when he stops racing. “[It’s] something that I’m very interested in doing at some point.

“If I retire, [which] I hope will not be too soon, then I think I can find a really good way to make a living from [business, that’s] for sure.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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