FR3.5 » 1 January 1901
Carlin re-signs Red Bull duo.
Red Bull racers Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens will remain at Carlin Motorsport for the 2008 World Series by Renault championship.
Russian driver Aleshin was a race winner with Carlin last season, while Wickens completed the final two rounds of the 2007 season with the team, following Sebastian Vettel's departure to F1.
Aleshin, who eventually finished the season joint 12th in the standings, has set his sights on going all the way next year.
"I'm very pleased to be staying with Carlin for 2008, in my opinion they are the best team in World Series," noted the 20-year-old. "To win the championship is obviously the aim - for sure we can do this – we've shown great speed this season.
"My engineer Harvey Spencer has helped me enormously and always provided me with a good car. Drivers such as Robert Kubica and my team-mate from last year, Sebastian Vettel, have shown its possible to make a successful transition to F1 direct from World Series, so I'm very happy to be driving in the championship next season."
Wickens, who has already made his mark in single-seater racing, having won the Formula BMW USA championship and who finished in the points in only his second WSbR race, is equally positive about the 2008 season.
"I'm extremely pleased with my programme for next season," added the 18-year-old. "Carlin is a great team and I was fortunate enough to complete the last two races with them this year, where they did a fantastic job and really made me feel welcome.
"I can't wait to test the new car for the first time, it looks very impressive! We've been making good progress in testing, hopefully this will continue in the new car next year."
Team boss Trevor Carlin meanwhile has said that he is 'delighted' to welcome both drivers back for 2008: "I believe we have a very strong package for the season ahead," he continued. "The Red Bull junior team offers a great selection of talented, fast drivers and I'm very happy to have drivers from the programme competing with us in both World Series - and British F3.
"The team were very impressed with how quickly Robert adapted to the World Series car at the final two races of the season and I have no doubt that it won't be long before his first World Series podium.
"Mikhail was plagued with bad luck this year, but has the potential to take the drivers' title in 2008. A new qualifying system next season should reward the quickest drivers rather than penalising those that have a poor first race. After a disappointing second half of the season in 2007, we will be aiming for consistency next year as well as the team title."
Carlin finished the 2007 WSbR season third in the teams' championship, having lost the lead with just three events to go.
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