Carlin has a habit of putting young drivers in their race seats who go on to compete in the top echelons of Motorsport, including Formula One. Previous alumni include Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Robert Kubica. We look at this year’s stable of promising young talent and select the most likely to make it to Formula One.
British F3: Enaam Ahmed
In 2015, Enaam Ahmed finished eighth overall in his rookie year of single-seater racing in the MSA Formula 4 Championship, picking up a win at Brands GP and finishing on the podium on three other occasions. The British driver eclipsed Lewis Hamilton’s karting record by winning both Junior KF3 European and World Championships in the same year aged just 14. In what was a record breaking 2014, Ahmed made history as he bagged a total of five karting titles.
In this year’s British F3 Championship, Ahmed faces some fierce competition against his own teammates James Pull and Cameron Das and a strong field beyond the Carlin stables, including the promising Jamie Chadwick and Manuel Maldonado, Pastor’s cousin.
FIA Formula 3: Lando Norris
Won the MSA Formula 4 title in 2015 and more recently won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Championship. This season, the British driver will balance his McLaren young driver programme with a season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, where he will be tested against not only European circuits, but hopeful youngsters from across the world including Mick Schumacher and his very promising teammate Jehan Daruvala.
British F4: Logan Sargeant
The American youngster already has an elusive karting career at 16, picking up the KFJ World Title in 2015, Sargeant is destined to do well in single seater racing. F4 is the first stepping stone on many young single-seater careers, and doing well here
Carlin have very strong looking line-ups for 2017. The big question is, which of their drivers will taste success this season and progress up the single-seater ladder. All have the opportunity to follow the likes of Vettel and Rosberg to F1 greatness.