Carlin, formerly Carlin Motorsport, is a motor racing team based in the United Kingdom. It competes in five championships — British Formula Three Championship, GP3 Series, World Series by Renault and GP2 Series.
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 and F3 Euro Series with race winning success.
Carlin has provided a well-trodden staircase to F1. Over 175 drivers have passed through the doors of the team, many on their way to the highest echelons of the sport, including F1 drivers Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Jaime Alguersuari, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton and Narain Karthikeyan.
- 1 History
- 2 British Formula Three
- 3 Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 Series
- 4 GP3
- 5 GP2
- 6 Formula One
- 7 Complete series results
- 8 Complete former series results
- 9 Timeline
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
During the course of the teams 4 season stint in the series, they never managed a win, pole or fastest lap. The closest they came was a 2nd place finish for Portugal at the Australian sprint race during the 2005-06 season.
British Formula Three
The team has been competing in the British Formula Three Championship since 1997. The team achieved their first victory with Narain Karthikeyan in 1999 and since 2011, has won 7 drivers championships and 10 team championships. The champions are Takuma Sato (2001), Alan van der Merwe (2003), Álvaro Parente (2005), Jaime Alguersuari (2008), Daniel Ricciardo (2009), Jean-Éric Vergne (2010) and Felipe Nasr (2011).
Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 Series
The team has been contesting in the series since 2003, and as of 2011, has won two drivers titles and one team championship. The champions are Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
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 with only 21 points.
The team joined the GP2 Series in 2011 for the first time, finishing 13th and last in the teams' championship scoring 4 points. 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). Aleshin later returned to the team but was again replaced by Parente for the season finale.
For the 2012 season, the team formed a partnership with the Marussia Formula One team, and competed under the Marussia Carlin Motorsport name. Chilton retained his seat and improved dramatically, taking two race victories on his way to fourth place in the drivers' championship. His team-mate 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 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 application. They were linked with applying again in 2011, but the team denied this insisting it was concentrating on success in the junior formulas.
Complete series results
|GP2 Series Results|
|GP3 Series results|
|António Félix da Costa||4||0||0||0||3||26th|
|António Félix da Costa||16||3||1||6||132||3rd|
* Season in progress.
Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 Series
* Season in progress.
British Formula Three Championship
|British Formula Three Championship results|
|1997||Dallara F397-Mugen Honda||Jamie Spence||0||0||0||18||14th †||NC|
|1998||Dallara F397-8-Mugen Honda||Narain Karthikeyan||0||0||0||44||12th †||NC|
|Lei Kit Meng||0||0||0||0||32nd|
|1999||Dallara F399-Mugen Honda||Narain Karthikeyan||2||2||3||104||6th||NC|
|2000||Dallara F300-Mugen Honda||Takuma Sato||?||?||?||129||3rd||NC|
|2001||Dallara F301-Mugen Honda||Takuma Sato||12||6||15||345||1st||1st|
|Kazuki Hoshino [B]||0||0||1||133||7th [B]||6th [B]|
|2002||Dallara F302-Mugen Honda||James Courtney||5||12||12||269||2nd||1st|
|Alan van der Merwe||1||0||0||98||8th|
|2003||Dallara F303-Mugen Honda||Alan van der Merwe||9||4||4||308||1st||1st|
|2004||Dallara F304-Mugen Honda||Clivio Piccione||2||2||0||161||4th||1st|
|2005||Dallara F305-Mugen Honda||Álvaro Parente||11||9||7||289||1st||1st|
|Ricardo Teixeira [B]||0||0||0||61||9th [B]||7th [B]|
|2006||Dallara F306-Mugen Honda||Oliver Jarvis||2||5||3||250||2nd||2nd|
|Dallara F304-Mugen Honda||Ricardo Teixeira [B]||0||0||0||74||7th [B]||5th [B]|
|Mario Moraes [G]||0||0||0||0||NC [G]|
|2007||Dallara F307-AMG Mercedes||Maro Engel||3||4||1||208||2nd||1st|
|2008||Dallara F308-AMG Mercedes||Jaime Alguersuari||5||6||5||251||1st||1st|
|Dallara F305-Mugen Honda||Andrew Meyrick [B]||7||9||7||174||5th [B]||3rd [B]|
|Kristján Einar [B]||0||0||0||101||7th [B]|
|Henry Surtees [B]||1||0||0||35||11th [B]|
|Adriano Buzaid [B]||0||0||0||22||13th [B]|
|Martin O'Connell [B]||0||0||0||6||15th [B]|
|2009||Dallara F309-AMG Mercedes||Daniel Ricciardo||6||5||4||275||1st||1st|
|Jake Rosenzweig [G]||0||0||0||0||NC|
|Dallara F305-Mugen Honda||Joe Ghanem [B]||7||9||7||39||5th [B]||5th|
|2010||Dallara Volkswagen||Adriano Buzaid||2||2||2||283||4th||1st|
|2011||Dallara F308-Volkswagen||Carlos Huertas||1||0||0||222||3rd||1st|
|2012||Dallara F312-Volkswagen||Jack Harvey||2||4||1||124*||2nd*||1st*|
|Carlos Sainz, Jr.||3||1||1||117*||3rd*|
* Season in progress.
- [B] Drivers and classification in the B or National class in British F3.
- [G] Guest drivers in British F3, no points awarded.
- † These drivers also drove for other teams during the season and their final positions include all team results.
- D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position, NC = Not Classified.
Complete former series results
A1 Grand Prix Series
|A1 Grand Prix Results|
|2005-06||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team Portugal||0||0||0||66||9th|
|A1 Team Japan||0||0||0||8||21st|
|A1 Team Lebanon||0||0||0||0||23rd|
|2006-07||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team Lebanon||0||0||0||0||23rd|
|2007-08||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team Lebanon||0||0||0||0||20th|
|2008-09||Ferrari||A1 Team Korea||0||0||0||4||19th|
|Formulas||British Formula Three Championship|
|F3 Euroseries||F3 Euroseries|
|Formula Renault/Nissan 3.5|
|Formula BMW UK|
|A1 Grand Prix|
- English, Steven (2009-11-04). "Carlin team restructured for 2010". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- A Team Lebanon informations a1podium.com
- A Team Portugal informations a1podium.com
- "Carlin confirms F1 entry application". uk.sports.yahoo.com. 2006-04-11. Retrieved 2006-04-11.
- "Carlin pours cold water on F1 2011 entry bid talk". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- WSbR&N complete results speedsportmag.com
- British F3 results since 2001 speedsportmag.com
- A1GP complete resultsresults.a1gp.com
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- "Carlin Motorsport". Retrieved 2006-03-22.