Vergne rejoins Carlin in FR3.5

Jean-Eric Vergne will return to Carlin for his full-time graduation from British F3 to Formula Renault 3.5 in 2011

Vergne rejoins Carlin in FR3.5

The Red Bull-backed Frenchman won 13 races for Carlin on his way to becoming the first French champion of British F3 in 2010.

He also contested a handful of World Series events with French team Tech 1 - scoring an inherited win during his second weekend in the series at Silverstone.

He will now rejoin Carlin, which ran Russian Mikhail Aleshin to the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 title.

"I am very happy to be with Carlin again in 2011," said Vergne. "We have worked very well together in British F3 this year and I hope to continue that in World Series.

"I think we have some hard work ahead of us; World Series is a very competitive series, but the team did a good job to win the championship this year and I believe we will have a good package to challenge for the title again in 2011."

The Frenchman follows in the footsteps of Toro Rosso F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari and Red Bull's current F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, who both won races with Carlin in Formula Renault 3.5.

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "It has been a pleasure to work with Jean-Eric in British F3 and I'm delighted that he will be joining us in World Series next year.

"He is without doubt one of the most talented drivers we have seen at Carlin. We are very proud that Red Bull have chosen Carlin as the team to continue Jean-Eric's career and look forward to another very successful season together in 2011."

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