Review: TCF’s Top 10 GP3 Series Drivers of 2014


4) Jimmy Eriksson

After a disappointing and point-less season for Status Grand Prix in 2013, Jimmy Eriksson moved to Koiranen GP for this season and became one of the top drivers in the series. He took two superb victories and was a championship contender for most of the season before being forced to settle for fourth.

He secured his first points with a runners-up spot in race one at the Circuit de Catalunya, and took two more podium finishes at the Red Bull Ring before taking his first victory in race one at Silverstone. Unfortunately he crashed out of race two and was found responsible for causing a crash with Patric Niederhauser and Pal Varhaug that saw him penalised five grid places for race one in Germany.

He lost out on a podium finish in race two at Hockenheim after being penalised again, this time for a yellow flag offence, and this cost him more valuable ground in the championship that he could not ultimately claim back, especially as he could only score a solitary point in Hungary and nothing at all in Belgium after a pair of disappointing weekends.

He got back into form with victory in the opener at Monza, and although scored points in four of the last five races, could not maintain his challenge for the top three in the championship.

Ultimately his 2014 campaign had reinvigorated his career, and he can hold his head up high that he put to right his 2013 struggles. With his career momentum regained, Eriksson has already had a taste of Formula Renault 3.5 Series machinery after testing with DAMS, and could find himself in that series in 2015. It would be nothing less than the Swedish driver deserves after raising his game so superbly this year.