Season review part 6: Carlin

The British team Carlin had a season of highs and lows in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Alessio Lorandi’s triumph at the prestigious Grand Prix de Pau surely being on of the highlights of the year.

Carlin started the season with the four drivers Alessio Lorandi, Ryan Tveter, Zhi Cong Li and Raoul Hyman. Out of those four junior drivers, Lorandi had the best start and gathered the most points with finishing sixth in three of the first five races. At the third meeting of the year, which was held at the street circuit of Pau, he secured his first pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. And he was able to turn it into his first win in the series. Only a few weeks later he was back on the podium in Zandvoort finishing second. The Italian ended the season early, but still managed to claim 14th position in the drivers’ standing.

Ryan Tveter finished only three positions behind Lorandi. The US-American managed to make it into the top ten six times. He was also involved in an unfortunate accident on the Red Bull Ring when his car ended up back on track after spinning off into the gravel bed. Due to the dust cloud from the gravel, his team mate Zhi Cong Li could not spot Tveter’s car early enough and crashed into the rear of the car. The injuries Li sustained on his back and foot, forced the Chinese driver to end his season early. Briton William Buller and Malaysian Weiron Tan made a few appearances in the Carlin cars number 18 and 19 at Norisring respectively Spielberg, Zandvoort and Spa, but did not manage to score any points.

Carlin missed the rounds at Nürburgring and Imola, but came back in full force for the Hockenheimring finale. The trio Daniel Ticktum, Lando Norris and Jake Hughes were behind the wheels of the blue racers. All three Britons delivered a strong performance in their debut race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, with Hughes even making it onto the podium in third place.