Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed that he will step up to Formula Renault 3.5 with Carlin Motorsport this season.
The 18-year-old won the British F3 title with the team in 2008 and favoured a switch to World Series over graduating straight to GP2.
"Taking part in such an important category is a great challenge for me," said Alguersuari. "If Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel graduated to F1 after competing in it, why can't I do the same?
"Staying with Carlin is fantastic for me. They're so professional, their working method is great and I feel really comfortable with the team."
Alguersuari is the third Red Bull Junior driver to sign with Carlin for 2009, following Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley's entries to the British and European Formula 3 championships.
Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "Jaime has shown great talent since he was 15. He's won races in all the categories he's participated in and I'm confident he can be a title contender in Formula Renault 3.5 this year."
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