American Ryan Tveter will return to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for a second season after re-signing with Carlin.
The twenty-one-year old has become the first driver to sign up for the team for 2016, having raced in the Jagonya Ayam colours in 2015, securing a best finish of ninth at Zandvoort.
“My rookie year in FIA F3 was only my third full season in any kind of motorsport, so I’m very excited to continue to work with Carlin, Volkswagen and Dallara for a second season of FIA F3 in 2016,” revealed Tveter.
“I learned a huge amount this year, and often there were only a couple tenths separating me and my team-mate, Antonio [Giovinazzi], who was this year’s vice champion. Finding those last few tenths is a combination of hard and soft skills that comes with experience and letting the car do its work — not overdriving.
“I’m probably most happy with the progress we’ve made in that respect. Carlin and I have built a strong foundation together, and that’s been showing in winter testing, where I’ve been consistently at the front. I’m really looking forward to next season and the continuity of a second year with a great team.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin has welcomed Tveter back for a second season, and believes his performances in 2016 will improve to match the potential the young American racer possesses.
“A development year in FIA F3 is always tough, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen such a competitive season with as many serious incidents as 2015,” said Carlin.
“Ryan was on pace, with some very close qualifying sessions and some spectacular starts during the season, and he did an excellent job of pushing forward.
“He managed continuous improvement despite some major setbacks, and showed the grit and professionalism we expect from drivers at this level. We are extremely happy to welcome Ryan back for 2016 and expect his results to match the potential he demonstrated throughout the year.”