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.
Vergne enjoyed a superlative debut season in British F3 this year, taking the title with six races still remaining. The 21-year-old claimed 13 race wins, 19 podiums, 11 pole positions and 13 fastest laps on his way to becoming the first Frenchman to claim the British F3 title.
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.
Speaking about the season ahead, Vergne said: "I am very happy to be with Carlin again in 2011, we have worked very well together in British F3 this year and I hope to continue that in World Series. I think we have some hard work ahead of us; World Series is a very competitive championship, but the team did a good job to win the title this year and I believe we will have a good package to challenge for the title again in 2011."
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.