Vergne could add FR3.5 programme

Carlin Motorsport's British Formula 3 title hopeful Jean-Eric Vergne could run a parallel programme in this year's Formula Renault 3.5 Series with SG Formula

Vergne could add FR3.5 programme

The 19-year-old Red Bull Junior driver claimed the runner-up spot in both the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and WEC series with Stephane Guerin's SG Formula team last season.

"Red Bull have approached me to see if I would have any objections to Jean-Eric competing in Formula Renault 3.5 with SG, and I've none at all," said Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin.

"I'm happy for him to have the opportunity to gain some experience. I believe in Red Bull's approach to racing. They have a sink or swim philosophy, if their drivers can't jump into a World Series car and do the job then they're not going to be able to jump into an F1 car."

The British Formula 3 International Series calendar shares just one clashing date with Formula Renault 3.5, on 1-2 May, where the Frenchman's priority would be with Carlin Motorsport in F3.

Vergne told AUTOSPORT: "I've been testing at the end of last year with [SG] and it went pretty well, but I don't know if I'm racing with them. For the moment I'm only doing the F3 UK with Trevor."

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