TEAM NEWS: Three weeks after the team’s impressive 1-2-3 finish at Snetterton, Carlin Motorsport head to Monza in Italy, for the ninth and tenth rounds in the 2007 British F3 championship. The Hampshire based squad will be hoping to replicate the dominant performance that saw the team take its previous 1-2-3 finish at the historic track in 2005. The Monza circuit hosted arguably three of the best British F3 races that season, all of which were won by Carlin Motorsport.
Last time out at Snetterton, Carlin dominated proceedings, taking five of the six available podium positions. F3 rookie Niall Breen became the third Carlin driver to win a race this season, an impressive achievement for the 2006 Formula BMW UK champion. An eventful second race saw all five Carlin drivers finished in the top ten, emphasising the team’s consistent race pace.
In a slightly less competitive environment, Carlin drivers Sam Bird and Alberto Valerio put on a show a little closer to home last weekend, when they took part in the Brooklands Centenary Festival in Surrey. In a celebration of 100 years of automotive and aviation history, the Carlin duo wowed the crowd with the sights and sounds of the British F3 car around the Mercedes-Benz World handling track.
A run of four stunning races and a race win in Bucharest has seen BP Ultimate driver Sam Bird jump to second in the drivers’ championship. The 20 year-old is looking for another strong result in Italy to further close up the gap on championship leader Marko Asmer. “I’ve never been to Monza before, but I’ve been speaking to some drivers who have raced there and getting their opinions of the circuit. I’ve also been playing a lot of PlayStation and looking at on board videos on You Tube of Massa, Schumacher and Montoya which may help familiarise me with the circuit. It looks like an awesome track so I’m really looking forward to it.
“Our last four races have been fantastic, so even though I’m relatively inexperienced compared to other drivers in F3 and haven’t been to the circuit before, I am feeling really comfortable in the car, so hopefully we can have a couple of good results and possibly another win.”
Carlin team mate Alberto Valerio has also enjoyed a run of good form, finishing on the podium in three of the last four races. “I’m really looking forward to Monza; I drove there in F3000 last year when it was wet. It’s an amazing circuit, a great combination of fast straights and tight chicanes. I hope we will continue to show the pace that we have shown in the last four races. I’ve felt very confident in the car, taking three podiums out of four, so I will be pushing hard to go that one step further and get the first victory in Italy.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin added, “Monza makes a welcome return to the calendar, it’s a fantastic circuit and we won all three races last time British F3 raced there in 2005. The team demonstrated great pace last time out at Snetterton with five podium positions, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to repeat those results in Italy this weekend.”-Ends