Joel Eriksson claims rookie title and €100,000 in prize money

In a season featuring several competitive Formula 3 newcomers, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) prevailed in the battle for the rookie title and was rewarded with prize money amounting to €100,000 to be used for a second season in the championship. The Swedish Formula 3 rookie, who celebrated one race win and secured a pole position during this season, also made the top five in the overall ranking of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Joel Eriksson took his first steps in single-seater racing in 2014 and left his home country Sweden to do so in Germany. He contested the ADAC Formula Masters for Team Motopark – a squad his older brother Jimmy also had been successful with – and finished fifth in the championship. In the following year he came second in the new ADAC Formula 4 series. Afterwards, the self-confident Scandinavian felt ready for advancing to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

And Eriksson proved as early as in the first race meeting that he really was ready to succeed in the competitive young-gun series. In race three of the Paul Ricard weekend he secured his first podium and confirmed his competitiveness a short time late with another two podiums in Hungary. The following race meetings, however, didn’t run the way he hoped they would and so, he had to wait until the race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps for his next appearance at a podium ceremony. But at the tradition-rich Ardennes Rollercoaster, home of the Belgian GP, he did so in great style by celebrating his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win. From that day, Eriksson made it into the points in every single race until the season finale at Hockenheim. He secured another five podiums and finished his first year on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid with his first pole position. By doing so he demonstrated that he has got what it takes to also perform well when under pressure – after all, he had to deliver at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg to secure the rookie title. But he did so in superior style by winning the rookie trophy with a 52-point lead over his main rival Ralf Aron (Prema Powerteam).

“I’m really delighted with having won the rookie title as doing so was one of my goals for this season,” beamed Eriksson who followed in the footsteps of Monaco’s Charles Leclerc who was the best rookie in the 2015 FIA F3 European Championship season. In the meantime, the Monegasque is a Ferrari Junior and already contested several free practice sessions for the Haas F1 Team this season. Also Eriksson’s achievements attracted the attention of a major car manufacturer. BMW already signed the successful F3 driver around season half-time and have been supporting him since then as part of their young driver programme.