Antonio Fuoco took second in today’s GP3 race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, ensuring the team finished its time in the GP2 feeder series on the podium. In the British squad’s final race in GP3, Fuoco started second and held onto his position despite some pressure early on from eventual champion Esteban Ocon behind. Mitch Gilbert finished his race in 17th place, while Adderley Fong crossed the line in 22nd.
In a relatively uneventful race, Fuoco maintained his second place off the grid and looked largely unchallenged as his completed the 14 laps around the Yas Marina Circuit to complete his 2015 season. Team mate Gilbert lost a couple of places on lap one and drove home to 17th. Fong, who joins Carlin for this event in the absence of Jann Mardenborough, had it all to do after starting today’s race 23rd after a first lap incident yesterday, and duly finished 22nd.
Fuoco’s second place in today’s GP3 race bookends Carlin’s time in the series, after Lucas Foresti took second in the first ever GP3 reverse grid race in Barcelona 2010.
The Carlin team, who have supported the GP3 Series since its inception in 2010, have enjoyed six seasons in the F1 support series. The team claimed both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in 2014 after Alex Lynn took three wins on his way to winning the championship. Drivers to have taken victory with the team include Antonio Felix da Costa, William Buller, Alexander Sims, Emil Bernstorff and 2014 Champion Lynn.
Trevor Carlin added, “After six seasons, several wins and two titles it’s obviously with some sadness we leave the GP3 paddock, but we do so to concentrate on other areas within Carlin. It’s a nice bookend to finish our final GP3 race weekend on the podium with Antonio who drove a very solid race today. To our GP3 team I would like to thank them personally for their efforts and hard work over the last six season and we look forward to new challenges together in 2016. We thank the GP3 organisers for their support and assistance over the last six season and look forward to a strong future in GP2.”