Sixteen-year-old Briton Callum Ilott has become Carlin’s fifth confirmed driver for the 2015 FIA European Formula 3 Championship and will race with the backing of the Red Bull Junior Team.
Ilott will make his single-seater debut in 2015 with the team, and is the reigning KF European Karting Champion. He also won the WSK KF class Super Masters title, and was third in the KF class Champions Cup.
His signing with Red Bull means that Carlin have now been a partner with the Red Bull Junior Team for ten years, and has spanned British Formula 3, European F3, Formula Renault 3.5 and the GP3 Series last year with Alex Lynn.
“Being in the Red Bull Junior Team is a privilege, you just have to look at the history of the drivers that have gone before,” said Ilott. “Last season was very good for me so I was hoping for a good start in cars but I didn’t imagine that I would get this opportunity.
“The step up to F3 is quite something, I have a lot to learn but I have already had a very good start with a few F3 tests with Carlin and a couple of tests in a Renault 2.0. I want to make a good impression this year; show my speed early and keep improving.”
Team owner Trevor Carlin thanked Dr Helmut Marko for allowing the team continue their partnership with Red Bull, and welcomed Ilott to his European Formula 3 team.
“We’re very excited to have such a young talent join the team,” insisted Carlin. “Whilst Callum will be on a steep learning curve we fully expect him to show a rapid rate of development as the season progresses.
“We’d like to thank Dr Marko for entrusting us yet again with one of his young protégés.”