Carlin Motorsport heads to Magny-Cours this weekend aiming to extend its lead in the World Series by Renault team championship, having topped the standings since the first round at Monza back in April.
With lead driver Sebastien Vettel having been second to the Toro Rosso F1 squad for the remainder of the season, Carlin's hopes of landing the individual crown have disappeared, but having taken 13 points last time out at Donington Park courtesy of Michael Ammermuller and Mikhail Aleshin, the British squad is optimistic of retaining its advantage.
The points haul on home soil could have been better after a near certain win for Aleshin was lost after an off-track excursion, but Vettel's replacement Ammermuller has shown a strong pattern of improvement since his debut at the Spa-Francorchamps round in August. The Red Bull driver took sixth place in race one at Donington after a great performance in qualifying, and topped that with fifth place in race two. Another tough weekend of competition, however, leaves Carlin just two points clear of the opposition heading to France.
“The last few races have seen some bad luck for us, and also some mistakes, which have taken away valuable points," team Principal Trevor Carlin admitted, "Mikhail dominated the second race at Donington last time out, before going off track on his own after the safety car period. However, we win and lose as a team and he will learn from this mistake. I'm sure he will be more determined than ever to win at Magny-Cours. Michael is improving race by race and had two strong finishes at Donington. He should be aiming for the podium this weekend.”