Fortec Motorsports newcomer Hampus Ericsson claimed a podium finish on his BRDC British F3 debut at Donington, and is now targeting improvements in qualifying as he aims to rise further up the grid this weekend at Silverstone.
The Swedish driver qualified 16th in his first British F3 qualifying session, but ended his weekend with two top five finishes, including his maiden podium in the second race. His impressive pace was demonstrated with his starting position of seventh for the final encounter, with the grid decided by fastest race lap times.
“I knew that we had great speed from the test the week before, the car was great and I felt really competitive before the race weekend,” he commented.
Qualifying however was held in challenging conditions, meaning he understandably wasn’t able to extract the maximum from a package that was so new to him.
“Qualifying was a disappointment but it was my first time and I learned a lot from it in difficult conditions with a drying track. The race results were really good though, and I knew that the top-10 was possible, especially when I started in a good position as I did in races two and three. I didn’t do much testing before, so I was surprised that we were so competitive so quickly.”
Ericsson graduated to BRDC British F3 from British F4, and has hugely enjoyed his time getting to grips with the British F3 Tatuus-Cosworth machine.
“The British F3 car is so much more fun to drive, the downforce and engine power feels great. The hardest thing is the brakes, they’re much more sensitive and it’s easier to lock up, but with more laps and driving, we will for sure get better at it.”
As for Silverstone, his aims lie with qualifying improvements, which should lay the foundations for even better results.
“I want to learn as much as possible to start with, but to have a good weekend with good results needs a good qualification, so we will concentrate on the qualifying so we can get the best from the car and my driving.”
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