Formula BMW Europe runner-up Jack Harvey will likely graduate to British Formula 3 net season, despite narrowly missing out on winning the final FBMW Europe title at Monza last weekend.
Harvey entered the championship finale with a seven-point lead over nearest rival Robin Frijns. The Fortec man increased his lead to nine by taking pole for both races, but was punted out of second place in race one by DAMS driver Javier Tarancon.
Harvey dominated race two, but Frijns only needed a handful of points to take the title and did so with an eighth place finish.
The Racing Steps Foundation programme that funds Harvey's career plans to move into British F3, but has yet to finalise which team he will race for. The RSF has a tradition of working with Carlin, which ran GP2 racer Oliver Turvey in 2008 and James Calado in British F3 this year.
"All I've said to him is that he'll go into Formula 3 next year," said RSF coordinator Derek Walters. "We wouldn't look at GP3 because the advantage of F3 is the mileage. It's a university on the route to F1 and a good place for him to be.
"I would think it would be British F3 because Europe has heard the death rattle. Some teams have told me they are getting inquiries about the British series but not the Euro Series.
"Jack's driven well with Fortec this year and they've come a long way. I think the engine debate [in F3] is going to be an important factor [in our choice of team].
"Are Mercedes going to come back fighting or not, and how far along are VW? Without the right engine package you're going to be at a disadvantage."