Motopark, the Oschersleben based team which has had FIA Formula3 European Championship runner-up Joel Eriksson in their 2017 squad has signed Jonathan Aberdein for the upcoming FIA F3 season. Aberdein joins the already announced Daniel Ticktum,Marino Sato and Fabio Scherer.
Jonathan Aberdein is a well-known driver for Motopark: He has raced two years in Formula 4 with the team and has won the FIA UAE F4 Championship. “It’s always nice to see how a young talent grows up with us over such a long period of time. Jonathan has turned from a promising rookie into one of the leading Formula 4 drivers of his generation. He turned his speed into some good results, and I’m sure he can go on like this in FIA Formula 3 next season“, Motopark team principle Timo Rumpfkeil said. Aberdein, 19-year-old son of former South African Touring Car Champion and 1989 Porsche World Cup Champion Chris Aberdein, feels ready for the next step in his career. „After two successful years it was no question for me to stay with Motopark, because they give me all the tools I need to continue my way up the ladder.“
In the weeks prior to this announcement, Motopark already confirmed two more team mates for Aberdein: Daniel Ticktum and Marino Sato. The 18-year-old Brit Daniel Ticktum is responsible for one of the biggest Motopark victories in Formula 3 by winning the Macau Grand Prix in 2017. Being at the right place when Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) crashed in the last corner, Ticktum was the first to cross the finish line in the remorseless streets of Macau. The Red Bull Junior will try to build upon this success with the team in his first full FIA Formula 3 campaign in 2018.
There he will team up with Marino Sato from Japan. The 18-year-old racing driver from Yokohama is looking back on a challenging first season in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where he gained a lot of experience. His reward was a point finish at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where he finished on tenth position. During the winter he completed an extensive testing program with Motopark to be prepared for the season opener in 2018. “I feel much more ready for the championship than one year ago,” he said. “The reason for this is, that I have learned so much in my maiden Formula 3 season – not only on track, but also in the factory and on the simulator. I feel that I’m now much better than before.”
Already last November Fabio Scherer was announced to join Team Motopark, who is going to contest his rookie season in the FIA F3 European Championship, this year.