Carlin, formerly Carlin Motorsport, is a motor racing team based in the United Kingdom. It currently competes in three professional championships: the NTT IndyCar Series, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series as well as five junior championships: FIA Formula 2 Championship, FIA Formula 3 Championship, F4 British Championship, BRDC British Formula 3, and Euroformula Open Championship.
Originally found in 1996 by Trevor Carlin and Martin Stone, Carlin has competed in Porsche Supercup, Nissan World Series, Formula BMW UK, World Series by Renault, F3 Euro Series, British F3, FIA European F3 Championship, FIA Formula E, GP3 Series, GP2 Series and Indy Lights all with race winning success.
In 2009, Carlin Motorsport was reborn as Carlin, part of the Capsicum Motorsport Group headed up by Grahame Chilton and Rupert Swallow.
Carlin has provided a well-trodden staircase to F1. Over 200 drivers have passed through the doors of the team, many on their way to the highest echelons of the sport, including F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson, Jaime Alguersuari, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton, Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen, Felipe Nasr, Narain Karthikeyan, Rio Haryanto and Lando Norris. Other notable Carlin drivers are Josef Newgarden, Patricio O'Ward, Jamie Green, Oliver Jarvis, Oliver Turvey, Álvaro Parente, Charlie Kimball, Robert Wickens and Ed Jones.
Founded in 1996 as Carlin Motorsport, for the 2010 season, the team underwent a restructuring, with a significant investment from Grahame Chilton's Capsicum Motorsport. The team became known as simply Carlin, who sought the partnership in order to secure the long-term future of the team.
In the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season, Carlin were contracted to run the Lebanon, Portugal and Japan entries. The team stuck with just the Lebanon team for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons before switching to the Korea team in 2008–09 before the series folded next season.
British Formula 3Edit
The team has been competing in the British Formula 3 Championship since 1997. The team achieved their first victory with Narain Karthikeyan in 1999 and since 2001, has won 9 championships to become the most successful team in British F3 history. The champions are Takuma Sato (2001), Alan van der Merwe (2003), Álvaro Parente (2005), Jaime Alguersuari (2008), Daniel Ricciardo (2009), Jean-Éric Vergne (2010), Felipe Nasr (2011) Jack Harvey (2012), Jordan King (2013) and Enaam Ahmed (2017).
Formula 3 Euro Series and European Formula 3Edit
Carlin joined Formula 3 Euro Series in 2008. After poor results in the first three seasons, in 2012 William Buller finished fifth and Carlos Sainz Jr. finished ninth. Carlin also entered the 2012 FIA European Formula 3 Championship, where Sainz finished fifth and Buller sixth.
In the 2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Harry Tincknell was fifth and Jordan King was sixth. In 2014, Antonio Giovinazzi finished sixth, King seventh and Jake Dennis ninth. In 2015, Giovinazzi was runner-up and George Russell finished sixth.
Devlin DeFrancesco, Jehan Daruvala, Sacha Fenestraz, Ferdinand Habsburg, Nikita Troitskiy, Ameya Vaidyanathan are scheduled to represent the squad in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign.
Formula 3 Macau Grand PrixEdit
Carlin has entered the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix since 1998. Takuma Sato won in 2001, Robert Kubica was second in 2005, Sébastien Buemi was fourth in 2006, Brendon Hartley was third in 2008, Felipe Nasr was second in 2011, António Félix da Costa was first in 2012 and again in 2016, and Antonio Giovinazzi was fourth in 2015.
Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 SeriesEdit
The team has been contesting in the series since 2003, and have won a race in the series every year since then. The team has won two drivers titles and one team championship. The champions are Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Carlin took a year sabbatical in 2014 due to driver and budgetary issues. They returned in 2015, replacing Czech outfit ISR Racing, before withdrawing once again after the series lost its Renault backing. Carlin was replaced in the 2016 Formula V8 3.5 Championship by RP Motorsport.
The team joined the GP3 Series in 2010 for its inaugural season, which it finished 5th in the championship with 42 points overall. In its second season in 2011, the team finished 9th overall. In the 2012 the team finished third in the teams' standings and third in the drivers' championship after a strong season from António Félix da Costa and teammates Alex Brundle and Will Buller. Carlin were fourth in the teams' standings at the end of the 2013 season whilst Arden's Daniil Kvyat claimed the Driver's Championship. The following year, they claimed the Constructor's title in addition to Red Bull Junior driver Alex Lynn's title win. For the 2015 season, Jann Mardenborough, Mitch Gilbert and Ferrari Academy driver Antonio Fuoco will race for Carlin.
At the end of the 2015 season, Carlin withdrew from the series.
The team joined the GP2 Series in 2011 for the first time. The team's lead driver was Max Chilton—a former Carlin driver in British F3—whilst the second seat was initially taken by Mikhail Aleshin, who had won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with the team the previous year. He soon ran out of financial support and was replaced by Oliver Turvey (another former Carlin driver in other series), who made a one-off appearance before being replaced in turn by Álvaro Parente (the 2005 British F3 champion with Carlin).
For the 2012 season, the team formed a partnership with the Marussia Formula One team. Chilton retained his seat and improved dramatically, taking two race victories on his way to fourth place in the drivers' championship. His teammate was Rio Haryanto, promoted from the Marussia-backed Manor Motorsport GP3 Series team. He finished 14th in the championship with a pole position and a fastest lap, and Carlin improved to fifth place in the teams' championship.
In the 2013 season, Carlin improved once again with drivers Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, taking two wins in total and nine podiums. Nasr was a contender for the drivers' title up until the final stages of the season. An eventful season finale saw the team lose out on the teams' championship to Russian Time, with both finishing on equal points but Russian Time taking more wins over the course of the season.
Nasr left the team at the end of the 2014 season to race for Sauber in Formula One, while his co-driver Julián Leal was retained for 2015 and paired with Marco Sorensen. The team struggled throughout the season (often having to change drivers) and finished 9th overall, marking the first time since 2012 that Carlin failed to finish in the top two.
On 1 November 2014, Carlin announced that the team would be joining the U.S. IndyCar feeder series, Indy Lights. They will start racing in the 2015 Indy Lights season, operating out of a new U.S. base in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dallara, AER and Cooper will be suppliers to the series, companies which Carlin has experience working with from previous series.
Ed Jones moved to Carlin's Indy Lights team in 2015 after driving in their Formula 3 efforts. He was joined in Carlin's debut season by former Formula 1 drivers and Carlin graduates Max Chilton and temporarily Nelson Piquet Jr..
2017 saw only Alberico remain, while Zachary Claman DeMelo, Matheus Leist, and Garth Rickards joined the team. The highlight of the season was Leist winning the Freedom 100. Following the 2017 season, Carlin ended its Indy Lights program to focus on joining the IndyCar Series from 2018.
In April 2006, Trevor Carlin confirmed that the team had applied for a place in the Formula One World Championship from the 2008 season, although this was later rejected, in favour of the Prodrive F1 application. They were linked with applying again in 2011, but the team denied this insisting it was concentrating on success in the junior formulas.
Lets Race to RealityEdit
In 2014, Carlin announced that they had teamed up with Surrey-based simulator experience company, Lets Race. Open to any driver over 16, Lets Race to Reality's first round is held at the Lets Race simulator facility in Horley. The winners of the first round are invited to a karting event at Buckmore Park kart circuit in Kent, before a final selection process at Carlin's factory in Farnham. Finalists take part in various exercises, including a session in the team's professional simulator with a race engineer. The candidates then take part in an interview process with racing professionals, including Trevor Carlin and John Surtees. The winner of the event will receive a full day's testing in a Formula 3 car at Pembrey Circuit in Wales.
Piers Prior won the first competition in 2014, and completed his test at Pembrey in Jake Dennis' car.
In 2014, Carlin became the technical service provider of Mahindra Racing, running the outfit for the 2014–15 Formula E season. Mahindra and Carlin split, and Mahindra have since partnered with Spanish team Campos Racing.
In December 2017, Carlin announced it would enter the IndyCar Series beginning with the 2018 season with two full-time entries. The team has announced that two of its former drivers from Formula 3, Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball, would drive the cars for the team's first season. Carlin's entry to the IndyCar Series marked the team's debut in a non-junior open wheel formula, fulfilling a long-held dream for the team.
FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipEdit
In 2018, Carlin joined FIA Formula 2 Championship. They grabbed the teams' title from their first attempt with Sérgio Sette Câmara and Lando Norris. In 2019 the team were represented by Nobuharu Matsushita and Louis Delétraz.
In October 2018, Carlin was listed as one of ten teams that would participate in the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship. In January 2019, Carlin entered into a partnership with Japanese investment firm Buzz, with the Honda-backed Teppei Natori joining their Formula 3 team as part of the deal, and partook in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in collaboration with OIRC team YTB, fielding French driver Charles Milesi.
Current Formula One driversEdit
- Sebastian Vettel, four time Formula One World Champion with Red Bull Racing, now races for Aston Martin F1 Team. Drove for Carlin in FR3.5 and F3 in 2006 & 2007.
- Daniel Ricciardo, has raced for Red Bull Racing and for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Drove for Carlin in the 2009 Macau Grand Prix. He has moved to the Renault F1 team for the 2019 season alongside Nico Hülkenberg.
- Carlos Sainz Jr. raced in 2012 and 2013 for Carlin at Macau. He drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2016 and 2017 after making his debut in 2015. He now drives for McLaren, after previously racing for Renault.
- Kevin Magnussen drove for Carlin in the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. His debut season in F1 was with McLaren, and he spent 2015 as a test driver for the team, before joining Renault for 2016. Since 2017 he has raced for Haas.
- Daniil Kvyat raced for Carlin in European F3 in 2013. He has raced for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, making his debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He made his return to Formula 1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2019.
- Lando Norris raced for Carlin for a number of years in the MSA Formula Championship, BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, FIA Formula 3 European Championship and FIA Formula 2 Championship. He was Reserve Driver and test driver for McLaren in 2018 after joining the McLaren junior driver programme in 2017 and was promoted to a full-time race seat in Formula One with McLaren in 2019 alongside former Carlin driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Other notable driversEdit
- Robert Kubica drove for Carlin at the 2005 Macau Grand Prix. He went on to complete 76 races with BMW Sauber and Renault. He returned to Formula 1 in 2019 for one year after he secured race seat with Williams alongside another former Carlin driver George Russell after a year of being Williams reserve and test driver in 2018. He currently races for BMW Orlen Team ART in the 2020 DTM Championship
- Brendon Hartley raced for Carlin over a number of years, and subsequently drove for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship. He was the test driver for Red Bull, and Mercedes. He now is a development driver for Scuderia Ferrari after previously driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, having made his debut at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
- Felipe Nasr raced for Carlin in F3 and GP2 between 2012 and 2014. He formerly raced for Sauber after making his debut in 2015. He currently races in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
- Marcus Ericsson drove for Carlin at the 2008 Macau Grand Prix. He drove in 2014 for Caterham F1 and has driven for Sauber since 2015. He currently drives in the Indycar Series.
- Rio Haryanto drove for Carlin in the GP2 Series in 2012. He formerly raced for Manor Racing after making his debut at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
- Jolyon Palmer drove for Carlin for the 2013 GP2 Series season, and formerly raced for Renault Sport F1 Team.
- Narain Karthikeyan drove for Carlin in the 2003 World Series by Nissan season, and for Jordan & HRT between 2005 and 2012. He most recently raced in Super Formula.
- Tiago Monteiro raced in the 2004 World Series by Nissan season, and had two seasons in F1 with Jordan and Midland/Spyker in 2005 and 2006.
- Jaime Alguersuari drove for Carlin in the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. He had 3 seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso between 2009 and 2011.
- Sébastien Buemi raced at the 2006 Macau Grand Prix. He drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso for 3 seasons between 2009 and 2011 alongside Alguersuari.
- Bruno Senna races for Mahindra Racing Formula E team, run by Carlin. He competed for HRT, Renault and Williams between 2010 and 2012.
- Karun Chandhok races for Mahindra Racing. He drove for HRT and Lotus in 2010 and 2011.
- Alan van der Merwe raced for Carlin in British F3 in 2002 and 2003. He currently drives the medical car in F1.
- Oliver Turvey raced in Formula Renault and GP2 for Carlin, and is the McLaren test & reserve driver. Won the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class.
- Will Power raced for Carlin in the 2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season, and was the 2014 IndyCar Series and 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion with Team Penske.
- Anthony Davidson drove for the team in F3. He was the 2014 World Endurance Championship champion with Toyota Racing, and completed 24 races in F1.
- Max Chilton, raced in 2013 and 2014 for Marussia. Drove for Carlin in F3 and GP2 between 2009 and 2012. In 2015 Chilton rejoined Carlin to race in Indy Lights, and graduated to join Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2016 IndyCar season. For the 2018 IndyCar season, he moved back to Carlin to head their new IndyCar effort.
- Conor Daly raced for Carlin in the 2011 GP3 Series Championship, returning to Carlin part-time in the 2019 IndyCar season to drive ovals in place of Chilton. He claimed Carlin's first Indycar Series pole position at the 2020 Iowa IndyCar 250s for the first race of the doubleheader.
- Jean-Éric Vergne, drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso until the end of 2014, when he was replaced by Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. Drove for Carlin in the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. He currently races in FIA Formula E championship with the Techeetah and is the 2017/2018 FIA Formula E champion.
- Will Stevens made his F1 debut with Caterham F1 at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and raced for Manor Marussia F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One season. He now races for Manor Motorsport in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
- Josef Newgarden raced for Carlin in the 2010 GP3 Series and won the 2017 IndyCar Series championship with Team Penske.
- Robert Wickens raced for Carlin in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and British Formula 3 between 2007 and 2011. He is now a rookie in the IndyCar Series driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and won a pole at the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, his first race in the series.
- Charlie Kimball raced for Carlin in the 2005 British Formula 3 International Series. He joined Chip Ganassi Racing for his rookie IndyCar season in 2011. He picked up his first and only win at Mid-Ohio in the 2013. He rejoined Carlin for their IndyCar effort in the 2018 season.
- Takuma Sato raced for Carlin in British Formula 3 from 2000 to 2001. He formerly raced for Jordan Grand Prix, British American Racing, and Super Aguri in Formula One. He later went on to win the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport.
|Indy Lights||2015–2017, 2021|
|F4 British Championship||2015–2017, 2019—2020|
|Euroformula Open Championship||2016–2020|
|BRDC British Formula 3 Championship||2016–2021|
|FIA Formula 2 Championship||2018–2021|
|FIA Formula 3 Championship||2019—2021|
|European Le Mans Series||2019—2020|
|Asian Le Mans Series||2019—2020|
|British Formula Three Championship||1997–2014|
|World Series by Nissan||2003–2004|
|Formula BMW UK||2004–2007|
|A1 Grand Prix||2005–2009|
|Formula Renault 3.5 Series||2005–2013, 2015|
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||2007|
|British Formula Renault Championship||2007|
|Formula 3 Euro Series||2008–2009, 2011–2012|
|GP2 Asia Series||2011|
|FIA Formula 3 European Championship||2012–2018|
|Japanese Formula 3 Championship||2019|
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