The Euroformula Open, a key contributor, in numbers and quality, to the single-seater formulae pyramid

14.01.2021  EFO

Beyond these very visible examples of Carlos Sainz, Jack Aitken and Yuki Tsunoda, who have made it to highest formula in motor racing, the number and level of former Euroformula drivers having upgraded to higher ladders of the singleseater formulae pyramid (F.2, F.3, Super Formula and Indycar) in 2020 confirm the status of the series as one of the main contributors to the pyramid. This is certainly a very pleasing development for the entire Euroformula community and GT Sport. 

The already mentioned Aitken and Tsunoda were only two of six Euroformula graduates racing in Formula 2, along with 2018 champion Felipe Drugovich, 2019 champion Marino Sato, Guilherme Samaia and Nobuharu Matsushita. Tsunoda and Drugovich were race winners in F.2 this year, with the Japanese finishing third in the standings.

The rung below that, the FIA Formula 3 Championship, was filled with no less than 14 Euroformula drivers, former or contemporary. Best placed of those was Red Bull stablemate Liam Lawson, while 2018 runner-up Bent Viscaal joined him in being a race-winner this year. Also included in the list of EFO names was Red Bull juniors Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, McLaren factory driver Ben Barnicoat, Pierre-Louis Chovet, Cameron Das, 2020 runner-up Lukas Dunner, David Schumacher, Calan Williams, Enaam Ahmed, 2016 champion Leonardo Pulcini, Alessio Deledda and Andreas Estner.

Mid-season Matsushita switched from F2 to Super Formula and immediately impressed in the top rung of Japan’s racing scene. He wasn’t the only ex-Euroformula racer there, as Toshiki Oyu and Tatiana Calderón are racing in Japan too. Calderón became the third female driver to participate in the series, while Honda junior Oyu’s rookie season - following his dominant Euroformula cameo in 2019 - has already included a win.

Over in IndyCar, Colton Herta and Àlex Palou have continued to build their already glowing reputations. Second-generation talent Herta followed up the wins of his rookie year by adding another at Mid-Ohio and finishing third in the points, while Palou claimed a podium in just his third race and impressed enough to earn a top seat at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2021. They were preceded in Indy Car by Ed Jones, who has a  podium finish at the Indy 500 under his belt.

In America too, another 2019 Euroformula Open star, Linus Lundquist, dominantly won the FR Americas title.

This list doesn’t include that many drivers that have and are successfully developing their professional careers in tin-top categories, from GT and sportscars to DTM and WTCR.