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Deletraz and Carlin Team Up for Abu Dhabi Finale

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Formula V8 3.5 Vice Champion and Renault Sport Academy driver Louis Deletraz is racing for Carlin in the GP2 Series finale in Abu Dhabi.

The 19-year-old replaces Marvin Kirchhofer, and partners Sergio Canamasas for the 11th and final round of the 2016 season. Up until now, Kirchhofer is the only person to have piloted the Carlin car in every round, getting the team’s current best finish of 2016 with second in the Monaco sprint race in May.

Deletraz is the son of former Formula One and sportscar driver Jean-Denis, who is known for taking part in three races for Larrousse and Pacific in 1994 and 1995, with his only finish of 15th place coming in the 1995 European Grand Prix.

The Swiss pilot says that he is aiming for a full campaign in the series next season after coming close to winning the Formula V8 3.5 championship in his rookie year. He finished second to former GP2 race winner Tom Dillmann, finishing seven points behind his French rival.

“GP2 is the championship that I want to race in next season so it’s great that I have the opportunity to contest the final race of the season with Carlin,” he said.

“They are a very experienced team and have been successful in GP2 after finishing second in the 2014 championship. That’s something that will benefit me as I start to learn about a completely new racing formula.”

The team’s racing director Trevor Carlin is excited to start working with the racer.

“We’re pleased to have Louis on board for the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

“We’ve watched Louis over the course of the season and he has impressed us with his ability to be challenging for the Formula V8 3.5 title in only his rookie season.”

“Abu Dhabi will be a learning curve for him and no doubt he will take on a lot from the experience of racing in the GP2 car but we’re excited to have him in the cockpit and look forward to working with him.”

The Formula V8 3.5 championship (formerly Formula Renault 3.5) is known for introducing racers into the series, with 2015 champion Oliver Rowland and other former drivers Gustav Malja, Nicholas Latifi, and Sean Gelael all being rookies in GP2 in 2016. Deletraz joins Rowland, Latifi and ART Grand Prix’s Sergey Sirotkin as Renault-affiliated drivers on the track.

Carlin confirmed he would race in the final round, but there has not been an official confirmation over whether he will also take part in the post-season tests on November 30-December 2.

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson has been a watcher of Formula 1 since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into motorsport, consistently discussing things about this great sport since 2016.