Carlin Motorsport

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United Kingdom Carlin
Carlin Motorsport Logo.png
Founded 1996
Founder(s) Trevor Carlin
Martin Stone
Base Farnham, Surrey, England
Team principal(s) Trevor Carlin
Current series FIA European F3
MSA Formula
Indy Lights
BRDC British Formula 3
Euroformula Open Championship
Former series A1 Grand Prix[a]
Porsche Supercup
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula 3 Euro Series
GP3 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula E[b]
GP2 Series
Current drivers United States Neil Alberico
Canada Zachary Claman DeMelo
Brazil Matheus Leist
United States Garth Rickards
India Jehan Daruvala
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
United Kingdom Lando Norris
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
India Ameya Vaidyanathan
United Kingdom Enaam Ahmed
United States Cameron Das
United Kingdom James Pull
Finland Patrik Pasma
Germany Lucas Alecco Roy
United States Logan Sargeant
Formula BMW UK:
Formula Renault 3.5 Series:
GP3 Series:
British Formula 3 Championship:
2001: Takuma Sato
2003: Alan van der Merwe
2005: Álvaro Parente
2008: Jaime Alguersuari
2009: Daniel Ricciardo
2010: Jean-Éric Vergne
2011: Felipe Nasr
2012: Jack Harvey
2013: Jordan King
Formula Renault 3.5 Series:
2010: Mikhail Aleshin
2011: Robert Wickens
GP3 Series:
2014: Alex Lynn
MSA Formula:
2015: Lando Norris

Carlin,[1] formerly Carlin Motorsport, is a motor racing team based in the United Kingdom. It currently competes in six championships: GP2 Series, GP3 Series, FIA European Formula 3 Championship, MSA Formula, Euroformula Open Championship, and Indy Lights.

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 and GP2 Series 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 Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson, Jaime Alguersuari, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton, Narain Karthikeyan, Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen, Felipe Nasr and Rio Haryanto. Other notable Carlin drivers are Jamie Green, Oliver Jarvis, Oliver Turvey, Álvaro Parente, Charlie Kimball and Robert Wickens.


A1 GP[edit]

In the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season, Carlin were contracted to run the Lebanon,[2] Portugal[3] 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 3[edit]

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) and Jordan King (2013).

Formula 3 Euro Series and European Formula 3[edit]

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.

Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix[edit]

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 second in 2013, and Antonio Giovinazzi was fourth in 2015.

Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Mikhail Aleshin driving for Carlin at the Donington Park round of the 2007 World Series by Renault season.

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.[4] 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.[5]


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 sport.


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 Julian 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.

Carlin signed Marvin Kirchhofer and Sergio Canamasas for the 2016 season and finished tenth in the standings. The team withdrew from the series the following year.

Indy Lights[edit]

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.[6] He was joined in Carlin's debut season by former Formula 1 drivers and Carlin graduates Max Chilton and temporarily Nelson Piquet Jr..

Jones continues to race with the team in 2016, and is partnered by Félix Serrallés and Neil Alberico.

Formula One[edit]

In April 2006, Trevor Carlin confirmed that the team had applied for a place in the Formula One World Championship from the 2008 season,[7] 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.[8]

Lets Race to Reality[edit]

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.

Formula E[edit]

In 2014, Carlin became the technical service provider of Mahindra Racing, running the outfit for the 2014–15 Formula E season.[9] Mahindra and Carlin split, and Mahindra have since partnered with Spanish team Campos Racing.[10]

Complete current series results[edit]

FIA European Formula 3 Championship[edit]

As Carlin[edit]

As Jagonya Ayam with Carlin[edit]

In 2014 and 2015, Carlin competed with two teams in European F3, under the names of Carlin and Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

Macau Grand Prix[edit]

F4 British Championship[edit]

Indy Lights[edit]


British Formula 3 Championship[edit]

[B] Drivers and classification in the B or National class in British F3.

[G] Guest drivers in British F3, no points awarded.

Euroformula Open Championship[edit]

Complete former series results[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

† — Includes points scored for ART Grand Prix

Formula Nissan/Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

†Includes points scored with EuroInternational.

FIA Formula E[edit]

‡ FanBoost in Formula E.

† 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.

[G] Guest driver

GP3 Series[edit]

A1 Grand Prix Series[edit]

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

Porsche Supercup[edit]

Formula 3 Euro Series[edit]

† The 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series was run in partnership with the 2012 European Formula 3 Championship, with eight of the ten European F3 rounds counting towards the F3 Euro Series point tallies.

Notable drivers[edit]

Current Formula One drivers[edit]

Other notable drivers[edit]


Current series
European Formula 3 Championship 2012–2017
Indy Lights 2015–2017
F4 British Championship 2015–2017
Euroformula Open Championship 2016–2017
BRDC British Formula 3 Championship 2016–2017
Former series
British Formula Three Championship 1997–2014
Porsche Supercup 2001
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
GP3 Series 2010–2015
GP2 Asia Series 2011
Formula E 2014–2015
GP2 Series 2011–2016


  1. ^ Operation Team at A1 Team Japan, A1 Team Korea, A1 Team Lebanon, A1 Team Portugal
  2. ^ Operation Team at Mahindra Racing team


  1. ^ English, Steven (2009-11-04). "Carlin team restructured for 2010". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  2. ^ A Team Lebanon informations
  3. ^ A Team Portugal informations
  4. ^ Allen, Peter. "Carlin to be absent from start of FR3.5 season", Paddock Scout, 7 April 2014. Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter. "Carlin set to return to Formula Renault 3.5 in 2015, ISR out", Paddock Scout, 19 November 2014. Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ "JONES TO INDY LIGHTS", Carlin, 12 December 2014. Retrieved on 12 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Carlin confirms F1 entry application". 2006-04-11. Retrieved 2006-04-11. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Carlin pours cold water on F1 2011 entry bid talk". Crash Media Group. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  9. ^ "CARLIN TECHNICAL SERVICE PROVIDER TO MAHINDRA RACING IN FIA FORMULA E". Carlin. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  10. ^ "Mahindra and Carlin set for Formula E split". Sam Smith. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Tatiana Calderon completes Carlin's F3 line-up". Carlin. Retrieved 25 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ Hensby, Paul. "CALDERON COMPLETES CARLIN'S EURO F3 LINE-UP". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "British F3 results since 2001",  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ A1GP complete Archived 26 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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Formula Renault 3.5 Series Teams' Champion
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GP3 Series Teams' Champion
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