Formula 3 star Eriksson tipped for 2018 BMW DTM seat

Formula 3 European Championship runner-up Joel Eriksson is set for a move to the DTM with BMW in 2018, according to sources

Formula 3 star Eriksson tipped for 2018 BMW DTM seat

The 19-year-old Swede moved onto BMW's junior programme during the summer of 2016, in which he won the Euro F3 rookie title, and is reportedly very highly rated there.

Since then, Eriksson has regularly given 'taxi' rides for BMW at DTM race weekends, and is said to have been extremely impressive in his recent test in the M4 DTM at the Lausitzring.

In parallel with his BMW connections, Eriksson has been striving for a move into Formula 2 for next season, but is short on budget to progress in single-seaters.

Talking about his chances in the DTM with BMW, Eriksson told Autosport: "I really hope we can work something out together.

"I really want to work with them - they are such good guys so it would be really nice to work something out."

It is unclear which of BMW's current roster of six drivers in the DTM would make way for Eriksson.

Some sources have tipped Tom Blomqvist for a shift into the manufacturer's GTE programme with the new M8 GTE - this could be in either the World Endurance Championship or the IMSA SportsCar Championship - while others have suggested Maxime Martin could be on his way out of the DTM.

BMW sports boss Jens Marquardt told Autosport that he would not be drawn on any aspect of his line-up for 2018, and that it will be announced at the manufacturer's Motorsport Season Review in Munich on December 15.

Other F3 drivers test for GP support series

Eriksson's 2017 F3 title rivals will participate in this week's F2 and GP3 tests in Abu Dhabi.

Maximilian Gunther will try Racing Engineering's F2 car, while Ferrari junior Ilott is testing for ART in GP3.

F3 champion Lando Norris has already secured a 2018 F2 seat with the returning Carlin team, but will stay on with Campos for the test after making his series debut with the squad in last weekend's season finale.

shares
comments
Video: Habsburg on his attempt to win the Macau GP on the final lap

Previous article

Video: Habsburg on his attempt to win the Macau GP on the final lap

Next article

Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Outgoing Red Bull junior Kari leads for MP

Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Outgoing Red Bull junior Kari leads for MP
Load comments
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020