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Carlin Motorsport

United Kingdom Carlin
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Founder(s)Trevor Carlin
Martin Stone
BaseFarnham, Surrey, England
Delray Beach, Florida (IndyCar/Indy Lights)
Team Trevor Carlin
Current seriesIndyCar Series
FIA Formula 2 Championship
FIA Formula 3 Championship
BRDC British Formula 3
Euroformula Open Championship
F4 British Championship
European Le Mans Series
Asian Le Mans Series
Former seriesA1 Grand Prix[a]
Porsche Supercup
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula 3 International Series
GP3 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula E[b]
GP2 Series
FIA European F3
Indy Lights
Current driversIndyCar
United Kingdom 59. Max Chilton
United States 59. Conor Daly
European/Asian LeMans Series
United Kingdom Jack Manchester
United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
FIA Formula 2
India 8. Jehan Daruvala
Japan 7. Yuki Tsunoda
FIA Formula 3
Germany 27. David Schumacher[1]
United States 28. Cameron Das[1]
United Kingdom 26. Clément Novalak[1]
EuroFormula Open
Israel Ido Cohen[2]
Barbados Zane Maloney[3]
BRDC British F3
Brazil Guilherme Peixoto[4]
United States Kaylen Frederick
Malaysia Nazim Azman
British F4
Netherlands Marijn Kremers[5]
Australia Christian Mansell[6]
United Kingdom Zak O'Sullivan[7]
Peru Matias Zagazeta[8]
Formula Renault 3.5 Series:
GP3 Series:
F4 British Championship:
2015 2016 2017 2020
Indy Lights:
FIA Formula 2 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
F4 British Championship:
2015: Lando Norris
2016: Max Fewtrell
2017: Jamie Caroline
2019: Zane Maloney
Indy Lights:
2016: Ed Jones
BRDC British F3 Championship:
2017: Enaam Ahmed
2019: Clément Novalak
FIA F3 European Championship:
2017: Lando Norris

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.[9]


In the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season, Carlin were contracted to run the Lebanon,[10]Portugal[11] 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

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 3

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.[12]

Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix

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 Series

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.[13] 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.[14]


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.

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

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

2016 saw Jones continue with the team, partnered by Félix Serrallés and Neil Alberico. Jones took the drivers championship on the season, while Carlin won the teams championship.

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.

Formula One

In April 2006, Trevor Carlin confirmed that the team had applied for a place in the Formula One World Championship from the 2008 season,[16] 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.[17]

Lets Race to Reality

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

In 2014, Carlin became the technical service provider of Mahindra Racing, running the outfit for the 2014-15 Formula E season.[18] Mahindra and Carlin split, and Mahindra have since partnered with Spanish team Campos Racing.[19]

IndyCar Series

Max Chilton in 2018.

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.[20] 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.[21]

FIA Formula 2 Championship

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.[22][23]

Formula 3

In October 2018, Carlin was listed as one of ten teams that would participate in the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship.[24] 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.[25][26] In 2020 Carlin achieved their first podium in F3 with Clement Novalak who finished 12th in the standings.


Notable drivers

Current Formula One drivers

Other notable drivers



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


  1. ^ a b c "NOVALAK, AHMED AND DAS JOIN CARLIN BUZZ RACING FOR FIA F3". 24 February 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Cohen joins Carlin for EuroFormula Open". 14 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "MALONEY STAYS WITH CARLIN FOR EUROFORMULA OPEN". 31 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Wood, Elliot (12 November 2019). "Karting world champion Marijn Kremers awarded Carlin F4 seat". FormulaScout. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Australian racer Christian Mansell adds to Carlin's 2020 line-up". 28 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Carlin quartet completed by Ginetta Rookie champion Zak O'Sullivan". 29 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Reigning champions Carlin unveil Matias Zagazeta for 2020". 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ English, Steven (4 November 2009). "Carlin team restructured for 2010". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ A Team Lebanon informations Archived 8 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ A Team Portugal informations Archived 31 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Thukral, Rachit (19 March 2018). "Carlin adds Vaidyanathan to F3 line-up". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Allen, Peter. "Carlin to be absent from start of FR3.5 season", Paddock Scout, 7 April 2014. Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "JONES TO INDY LIGHTS", Carlin, 12 December 2014. Retrieved on 12 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Carlin confirms F1 entry application". 11 April 2006. Retrieved 2006.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Carlin pours cold water on F1 2011 entry bid talk". Crash Media Group. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  19. ^ "Mahindra and Carlin set for Formula E split". Sam Smith. 5 July 2015. Archived from the original on 24 July 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Errington, Tom (12 December 2017). "Carlin enters IndyCar with two-car team for Kimball, Chilton". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Thukral, Rachit (26 November 2018). "Matsushita makes F2 return with Carlin". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ Benyon, Jack (7 January 2019). "Louis Deletraz joins Formula 2 champion team Carlin for 2019 season". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ Simmons, Marcus (12 October 2018). "FIA Formula 3 2019 team list revealed, including Mercedes ally HWA". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "CARLIN ANNOUNCE TITLE PARTNER 'BUZZ' AND NATORI IN 2019 FIA FORMULA 3". 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ Wood, Elliot (20 January 2019). "Charles Milesi and Rui Andrade graduate to Formula 3 for 2019". FormulaScout. Retrieved 2019.

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