Colombian Carlos Huertas will return for another season in Formula Renault 3.5 after being signed on by Carlin to partner Jazeman Jaafar.
21-year-old Huertas scored 35 points in his rookie campaign in FR3.5 in 2012, his best finish of the year being the fourth place he achieved in the season opener at Aragon. His partner at Fortec Motorsports, Robin Frijns, claimed the title while the team finished third in the teams’ championship.
Huertas previously spent three years in British F3, culminating with his best season in 2011, where he finished third with Carlin behind teammates Felipe Nasr and Kevin Magnussen.
After the 2012 season, Huertas tested with Carlin in the post-season FR3.5 session at Aragon, recording a best position of ninth throughout the three days of testing.
Regarding the announcement, Huertas said the following: “It?s great to be back with Carlin for this season. I know everybody in the team well so it?s going to be a good year. We had a lot of good times together in 2011 and I think we can also enjoy success this year. I already know the tracks and the car well so I?m looking forward to hitting the ground running when we get to Monza.”
Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “Carlos is very well known to the team and was an extremely well liked member of our F3 squad in 2011, so it?s with great pleasure that we welcome him back for FR3.5. Carlos has spent post season testing familiarising himself with our car and should be in good shape when testing recommences in March. With Carlos and Jazeman the team have already gelled together well so we look forward to a successful season ahead.”
Carlin finished in fifth in the teams’ standings for the 2012 season of FR3.5, running Magnussen and Will Stevens. The Dane scored a win and two second-place finishes on his way to seventh in the standings, while Stevens recorded a third-place finish and was 12th overall.