Vergne moves up to World Series with Carlin
31 December 2010 – Reigning British F3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne will stay with Carlin for the 2011 season as he moves up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The Red Bull Junior man is already a race winner in the series despite only having competed in three events this year. Vergne will follow in the footsteps of 2010 champion Mikhail Aleshin when he joins Carlin's Formula Renault 3.5 team in 2011.
After clinching British F3 honours, Vergne competed in the final three rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 season and despite missing the majority of the season, claimed four podiums including a race win at Silverstone.
As well as winning the British F3 Series with Vergne, Carlin claimed the Formula Renault 3.5 crown with Russian racer Mikhail Aleshin in October. Aleshin sealed the title following a dramatic final race in Barcelona and after a season long battle with Vergne's fellow Red Bull colleague Daniel Ricciardo.
Vergne will be in good company when he joins Carlin's Formula Renault 3.5 team next year. The Frenchman follows in the footsteps of Jaime Alguersuari and F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who both won races with Carlin in the series.