The winner of the new Formula BMW Talent Cup will receive funding from BMW to drive in the ATS Formula 3 Cup in the following season, it has been announced.

The ATS Formula 3 Cup is Germany's national Formula 3 series, and will offer the winner of BMW's new junior driver programme the opportunity to move up the single-seater racing ladder.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen says: “The ATS Formula 3 Cup is an ideal next stop for the winner of the Formula BMW Talent Cup. This series demands all the skills we will give competitors in the Talent Cup. We are looking forward to working with the Formel-3-Vereinigung (organisers of the ATS Formula 3 Cup), which has been doing a very good job of promoting juniors for years.”

Detlef Kramp, Chairman of Formel-3-Vereinigung, says: “We will welcome the winner of the Formula BMW Talent Cup to the ATS Formula 3 Cup with open arms and follow his or her progress. We are already excited to see how the winner will do in our championship.

Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Formula One World Championship has proven that BMW's promotion of junior drivers bears fruits. Former Formula BMW drivers are regulars in many series. We will watch the competitors in the Formula BMW Talent Cup very closely over the course of the season.”