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Nasr moves to Carlin for 2013

Brazil's Felipe Nasr, one of the stand-out rookies of the 2012 GP2 Series, has signed to race for Carlin next season.
Felipe Nasr will race with the Carlin team in GP2 in 2013, the team announced this weekend.

The 20-year-old Brazilian put in some eye-catching performances in his rookie season in GP2 driving for the DAMS team, after having previously captured the 2011 British Formula Three championship with Carlin the previous year.

“I'm so happy to be coming back to Carlin," said Nasr. "Not only is it the team that I won the British F3 championship with, but it's also a team that I feel very comfortable with."

Nasr claimed a hat-trick of third place finishes during his maiden year in the feeder series, starting with his very first sprint race at Malaysia and then collecting more podiums at Silverstone and Hockenheim. His best finish of the year came at Spa when he clinched second place in the Sunday race.

"We have had the pleasure of working with Felipe before and we know what he is capable of when he's happy in the car," said team principal Trevor Carlin. "He is an incredibly talented driver and to finish on the podium in his first weekend in the series shows his outright speed and potential."

Since the end of the 2012 championship, Nasr has worked with Carlin at all four of the post-season test days at Barcelona in October and Jerez last week at Jerez, although he skipped the last the final afternoon session in order to fly to Brazil in time to attend the 2012 F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos.

"Testing so far has gone very well," said Nasr. "The Barcelona test was about getting used to the team and the Carlin car, and we were able to build on that this week in Jerez and show some real speed.

"I can't wait for the 2013 season to get underway," he added. "For sure we're going to have a really strong package."

Carlin's 2012 driver line-up consisted of Britain's Max Chilton and Indonesia's Rio Haryanto, who finished fourth and 14th place respectively in the standings. Chilton claimed two wins during the season, including the final feature race of the year in Singapore. Carlin itself finished in fifth place in the team championship.

"We have had two very productive seasons in GP2, which thanks in particular to Max who has been with us from the start, have seen us develop and improve as a team," said Trevor Carlin. " We're aiming to start 2013 where we left off in 2012.”

Chilton is tipped for a move to F1 with the Marussia team next season, while Haryanto was one of the drivers to work alongside Nasr in the post-season tests. Carlin also gave Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Ramon Pineiro a trial at Jerez.



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Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) in Monaco. May 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) resting during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) during post-season testing at Jerez on 23 November 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) during post-season testing at Jerez on 23 November 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin), and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium with Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win in Parc Fermeat Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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