Carlos Sainz Jr. joins Carlin in British F3
3 November 2011 – Carlin has announced that Carlos Sainz Jr. will be racing for its British Formula 3 team in 2012. The Spaniard, son of namesake and the multiple World Rally Champion, finished runner-up in this year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup.
Backed by Red Bull, Sainz is the Austrian drinks company’s youngest ever Champion, having been 16 when he claimed the title in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, achieving 12 wins and 26 podium finishes from 34 races.
“I’m really looking forward to next year; it’s going to be a challenge but I know I’m with the best team for British Formula 3,” says Sainz, who hails from Madrid and is now 17 years of age. “I can’t wait to take part in the series and hope to be challenging for wins like Jaime (Alguersuari), Daniel (Ricciardo) and Jean-Éric (Vergne) did.
“I know that my first season will be difficult, especially because there will be new cars next season, but I trust the team to develop the car as they have done in previous seasons and I’m sure if I work hard we will have a good year.”
Carlin has not been beaten to the British F3 title since 2006, with this year’s crown having been delivered by Felipe Nasr of Brazil.