TEAM NEWS: Carlos Huertas will race with the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team for the 2009 British F3 International Series. 17 year-old Huertas has completed the last two seasons with the British squad in Formula BMW and will stay with the 2006 British F3 champions as he makes the move up to Formula 3.
The young Columbian completed his first season with the Double R team in 2007, racing in the Formula BMW UK championship. When Formula BMW UK was replaced with a European championship in 2008, Double R were one of only three British teams granted entry, and Huertas moved with the team to race on some of the world’s most prestigious tracks in the Formula BMW Europe championship. With little experience on circuits such as Barcelona and Spa- Francorchamps, the 2008 season was something of a learning curve for the Colombian. Nevertheless, Huertas made a late charge on the championship standings, with three top five finishes in the last three races, including a podium place at the final weekend of the season at Monza.
Speaking about his plans for 2009, Huertas said, “I’m very excited about next season and to be making the move up to Formula 3. I’m very happy in the Double R team and I’m pleased that I can make this next step up in my career with them. British F3 is a great championship that has produced many of today’s top drivers, so I’m looking forward to competing in the championship in 2009 with one of the best teams.”
Team Principal Anthony Hieatt added, “Carlos is a well liked member of the team, and we’re delighted that he’s chosen to stay on with us as he makes the step up to Formula 3. Carlos has already completed quite a bit of testing with us in the F3 car, and has adapted very well. Judging on the progress he’s made already, I think he will have a strong first year in F3 in 2009.”