Carlin has announced Ryan Tveter will drive for the team in this season's the Formula 3 European championship, after the 20-year-old American impressed during winter testing.

The youngster has graduated from Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and NEC, where he finished ninth in the drivers' standings, and is delighted to be joining the British team.

"It feels great to be joining Carlin for 2015," Tveter said. "My first time in the F3 car was with Carlin at Silverstone at the beginning of December. I immediately felt very comfortable in the car, and the team's professionalism and experience really helped me to be very quick straight away."

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Trevor Carlin, the team's racing director, said Tveter raised eyebrows despite only having two seasons in single-seater open car racing. The American was selected after testing with the team at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, where he set the fourth-fastest time and just 0.2 seconds off F3 multiple-race winner Antonio Giovinazzi.

"Not only was his pace very good, but Ryan also has a great approach and attitude," Carlin said. "He wants to learn and he wants to win. We believe with Ryan's work ethic and application he will be a competitive driver this season, despite it being so early in his racing career.

"We had to make tough choices again this year as we were looking at a lot of talented drivers and only had six seats for FIA F3. Ryan proved himself very well in winter testing and we are excited to build on that for the season ahead."

Tveter joins a team with an excellent reputation of producing Formula 1 drivers with Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo having raced for the Surrey-based team.