Danish Formula Ford champion Nicolai Sylvest is to make his full season debut in the ATS German Formula 3 Cup next year.
The 16-year-old joined the series for two rounds earlier this season, scoring a best of 7th at the Lausitzring, along with three other points scores from six races.
Sylvest will be staying on with JBR Engineering and while the team were impressed with his brief step in to German F3 this year, team boss Jörn Becker is hoping Sylvest can secure a top-six finish in the standings come the end of 2014.
However the teenager has somewhat more modest aims. “A main target for 2014, which I would be happy to reach, would be a closer gap between the fastest drivers, and a dream will come true if I maybe finish a race in top 3 position.”
Whereas Sylvest has his own targets, the Jaegerspris native also understands that there is more to racing than what the driver can achieve. “I think that if the team gives me a good car to drive everything is possible.”
With a big change on the engine front, Sylvest is keen to take on 2014 on a level playing field. “In 2014 the ATS Formula 3 Cup will be a lot more like the FIA Formula 3 European Championship regarding the new regulation for engines, which I think is very positive.”
The Dane is not the first driver to sign up for the 2014 German F3 season. TTC Motorsport recently signed up Hubertus-Carlos Vier to the Trophy Class, while the ADAC Formula Masters champion, Alessio Picariello, completed tests with the Performance Racing team in Barcelona, as he looks to the future.
If nothing else, the test left an impression upon Picariello. “There is much more power and much more downforce than in a ADAC Formula car, but the basic driving style is the same, you just need to get to the high speed corners which is very different from an ADAC Formula car,” before adding “I loved it and will do everything in order to drive this car next year.”