It has been confirmed that Felipe Nasr will return to the Carlin team to mount an assault on the 2013 GP2 Series title.
The Brazilian won the British F3 crown in 2011 driving for Carlin, and this year finished tenth in his rookie GP2 season with the DAMS team.
In post-season testing Nasr has been appearing with Carlin, second fastest on both days at Jerez earlier this week despite missing the Friday afternoon session to fly to the Brazilian Grand Prix, where his Carlin switch was announced by local media.
Nasr said he was pleased to be rejoining a team where he feels comfortable, and is confident about what they can achieve together next year.
“I’m so happy to be coming back to Carlin,” said Nasr. “Not only is it the team that I won the British F3 championship with, but it’s also a team that I feel very comfortable with.
“Testing so far has gone very well. The Barcelona test was about getting used to the team and the Carlin car, and we were able to build on that this week in Jerez and show some real speed. I can’t wait for the 2013 season to get underway, for sure we’re going to have a really strong package.”
Carlin enjoyed a successful second season in GP2 in 2012 with Max Chilton winning two races and finishing fourth in the drivers’ standings. Team boss Trevor Carlin is happy to be able to work with Nasr again next year.
“We have had the pleasure of working with Felipe before and we know what he is capable of when he’s happy in the car,” said Carlin. “He is an incredibly talented driver and to finish on the podium in his first weekend in the series shows his outright speed and potential; in his second season I believe he will be a real contender for the title.
“We have had two very productive seasons in GP2, which thanks in particular to Max who has been with us from the start, have seen us develop and improve as a team. We’re aiming to start 2013 where we left off in 2012.”