After the fun and games of last week the real work began in earnest ready for the final rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the British Formula Three Championship. We had already won the teams championship in F3.5 and had Robert Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne battling for P1 and P2. In British F3 Carlin’s Felipe Nasr wrapped up the championship back in Silverstone however there were five other Carlin men who were also vying for positions in the championship. Let’s just say there was a lot to play for all round!
Silverstone was the setting for the finale of the British F3 season where three final races would take place. Kevin Magnussen qualified brilliantly on pole for the first and last race of the weekend but he had his team mates breathing down his neck.
The young Dane won from pole on Saturday afternoon while team mate Carlos Huertas took his first win of the season in the final race on Sunday. The pair of them had been fighting extremely well for the honour of becoming the vice-champion – in the end Magnussen claimed it and Huertas finished the year in third place.
Meanwhile inBarcelonait was a slightly more tense affair. You’d think that with the team’s championship decided we would be able to sit back and relax somewhat. But no, Wickens and Vergne were both after the title. On Sunday afternoon one would finish as champion, the other in second position. There was no-one else but Carlin drivers in this fight.
A 1-2 in the first race of the weekend ensured that the fight would go into the final race – however as it turned out neither driver finished the last race of the season and as a result, Wickens took the title and Vergne was second.
Both championships have provided us with some great results, we have been lucky to have extremely talented young drivers who have fought well on track and provided some great action. The engineers and mechanics in the team have once again shown their talent in preparing race winning cars.
With the season finished we now look ahead to testing. Right now were testing inBarcelonafor Formula Renault 3.5. Today we have Kevin Magnussen and Nico Muller in the cars while yesterday Jazeman Jaafar took to the track.
It really never stops for a race team.