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Buzaid completes Carlin line-up
24 February 2010
British F3 race winner Adriano Buzaid has become the fifth and final piece in Carlin's squad jigsaw for the 2010 season as he looks to build on a strong debut campaign.
The 21-year old Brazilian will join the already confirmed James Calado, Jean-Eric Vergne, Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jazeman Jaafar, following an impressive performance as a rookie when he took four podiums, one pole and victory at Spa-Francorchamps with T-Sport.
Buzaid is no stranger to the Carlin set-up, having raced for the team once before, in the British F3 National Class at Donington Park in 2008. Competing in his maiden F3 event, the young Brazilian finished on the podium on his first attempt and his return to the fold could see him rack up the team's 100th outright category win.
“I'm very pleased to be with Carlin this season, and very grateful that Trevor [Carlin] waited for me," he claimed, "I have worked very hard over the winter to get this deal done so I'm pleased it all came together; I really want to make the most of this opportunity and show what I'm capable of in 2010.
“I think the various rule changes in British F3 this year are going to make it a very exciting season. The 40-minute race is going to make strategy more important, especially at circuits like Spa, where you see such dramatic change in conditions. It seems a long time since the last race and I can't wait to get back into the car.”
Before stepping up to F3, Buzaid finished third overall in the 2008 Formula Renault UK series, taking five race wins, and team boss Carlin is hoping for more of the same in 2010.
"Adriano makes a welcome return to the team having raced with us briefly in 2008,” he confirmed, “He was very impressive last season and, on occasions, very hard to beat. It will be very rewarding to have him within the team this year rather than racing against him!
"Adriano completes a very strong team for us in 2010, with a great depth of talent, and it's going to be very exciting to see how everyone does in the first few events.”
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