Carlin trims 2012 British Formula 3 line-up to five cars amid rivals' concerns

Carlin says it will reduce its British Formula 3 Championship line-up from six to five cars for 2011 amid concerns from rival teams

Carlin trims 2012 British Formula 3 line-up to five cars amid rivals' concerns

AUTOSPORT magazine revealed in September that British F3 teams organisation FOTA had tabled a motion requesting that squads were limited to four cars from 2012.

Carlin's announcement means it would still run one more car than its rivals had requested, but managing director Rupert Swallow said the team hoped this gesture would be sufficient.

"Clearly there has been some concern over our intention to run six cars in the 2012 British F3 International Series," said Swallow. "Following these concerns and despite having the approval of the series organisers SRO to fulfil this demand, we will run a reduced squad of five international class cars in 2012.

"We have listened carefully to the feedback from the other teams and hope that this decision is seen as a compromise with the other FOTA members for the good of the championship.

"We expect strong competition from the other teams, and with the added variable of a new Formula 3 chassis next year look forward to the challenge of maintaining our winning record in the championship."

This year Carlin ran champion Felipe Nasr, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Huertas, Jazeman Jaafar, Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jack Harvey in the series, with Nasr, Magnussen and Huertas filling the top three in the standings, and Svendsen-Cook, Jaafar and Harvey finishing the year fifth, sixth and ninth respectively. Carlin drivers won 18 of the 30 rounds held during the season.

Carlin-run drivers have taken the last four British F3 titles, bringing the team's tally of championship successes to seven since it joined the series full-time in 1999.

For more background on this story, read this week's AUTOSPORT digital magazine.

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