Hampus Ericsson will make his car racing debut at Donington Park with Fortec Motorsport. The 15-year-old will compete in the Challenge Cup competition, racing at seven of the 10 British Formula 4 meetings.
Ericsson, younger brother of Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, finished runner up in the Swedish Kartin Championship’s KJ Junior class last season, and believes the British F4 championship is the best place to take the next steps in his motorsport career.
“I wanted to make the step up from karting to cars, and British F4 is the best place to do that,” he said. “The championship is so competitive and the tracks look very interesting to drive.
“I raced with Alex Quinn in karting and he’s really strong. I also know Logan Sargeant well. To compete against talented drivers like them is what every driver wants to do to prove themselves.”
Ericsson’s goals aren’t too high this season. The Swede will be using the year as a learning year, after missing out on much preseason testing.
“I did a couple of testing days in November with the team, but I definitely need to build up my experience of the car, and that will happen as I do more and more laps.
“This year is very much a learning year. It will be my first year racing in cars. At the moment, I’m not looking too far ahead in my career beyond British F4. I need to take things one step at a time, but it would be nice to be overtaking my brother Marcus in a Formula 1 race one day.”
Whilst the team echo Ericsson’s words about the first year being a learning year, owner Richard Dutton is confident the teenager will be able to prove his talent this year.
“I think he has the ingredients to succeed in cars,” he said. “He set the lap record at the World Junior Karting Finals in Bahrain and performed very well so there’s no doubting his raw speed and talent.
“We have put together a very exciting programme for Hampus and I think he will become part of the Fortec Motorsports young driver programme too.”
Ericsson will join Oliver York at Fortec. York is also making his car racing debut this season and runs second in the Challenge Cup after the first round of the championship.
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