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Euro: Bortolotti joins Carlin for 2009 Euroseries finale

Mirko Bortolotti will switch from Formula Two to F3 by making his debut in the hotly-fought Euroseries at Hockenheim this weekend in place of Brendon Hartley at Carlin
Red Bull hot shot Mirko Bortolotti will replace Brendon Hartley at Carlin Motorsport for the final meeting on the 2009 F3 Euroseries calendar at Hockenheim in Germany this weekend whilst the New Zealander finds himself otherwise engaged in the World Series by Renault at Motorland in Spain, it has been revealed.

The 19-year-old FIA Formula Two Championship racer and 2008 Italian F3 Champion – courtesy of 15 podiums and nine wins – will race alongside rookie front-runner Jake Rosenzweig, who was unlucky last time out in Dijon when a mechanical problem robbed him of a possible eighth-place finish in race one and consequently the reverse-grid pole position for race two.

Despite having just a year's experience in single-seater racing under his belt, Rosenzweig has put in a solid performance this season and is currently the fourth-best placed rookie in the title standings. Bortolotti, meanwhile, will be participating in his first F3 Euroseries event, off the back of five rostrum finishes in Formula Two in 2009, including victory at Brno.

“For sure it will be a tough weekend,” acknowledged the Italian teenager. “I won in Italian F3, but I've been doing F2 all season and now I return to an F3 car with different tyres and a different engine. It will be difficult with only one hour's free practice on Friday to get to grips with the car and also the track, which I have never been to before.

“However, I will aim to learn and improve with every lap, and I'm sure the team will support me so that we are in the best possible shape for qualifying. It will be tough, but I am still pleased to have been given this opportunity.”

“It's been a very eventful season,” reflected team principal Trevor Carlin, “and the F3 Euroseries has most definitely lived up to its reputation of being one of the most competitive championships at this level. We were very pleased to take a win on home ground at Brands Hatch earlier this year, but I still feel we haven't managed to reach our true potential in the 2009 season.

“We're very pleased to have Mirko with us in Brendon's absence, although he will have a very steep learning curve in his first F3 Euroseries race. Jake has matured into a great driver this season, and it would be fantastic to help him finish his first year in F3 with a great result this weekend.”

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Yeah I'm not denying it has been a bad year I am trying to explain to Albertswift who complains everytime an article comes up about Hartley and has all these huge digs at him that it is down to Carlin and there poor Euro series team. Just look at how bad his team mate has done who is rated pretty highly (apparently). When he is in a competitive car up against Charles Pic, Oliver Turvey and Alguesuari (all of whom are seen as future F1 drivers) he is right back amongst it and competing very well against them despite only being in the car occasionally Red Bull have even admitted it was a mistake to choose a team so new to Euro F3

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October 21, 2009 5:12 PM

It is nothing personal i have against Hartley i am sure he is a nice lad.It is as i have explaied before the fact that red bull (or any sponsor for that matter) spends so much money on one driver when beaten by not one but two team mates.Anyhoo if your man was that good he would perform irespective of weather or not he is in a new to euro f3 team or not.Carlin are a very experienced team regardless.His WSR team are a Championship winning team 2 years in a row so by your estimation he should perform well.Lets not forget he has only missed 4 races and the pre season testing and is only in 15th place in the championship.Not suprising Alguesuari got the STR drive is it ?

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