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Team Principal of Rodin Carlin, Stephanie Carlin, spoke to FormulaNerds about the team’s three Formula 3 drivers for the 2023 season, Hunter Yeany, Oliver Gray and Ido Cohen.
The feeder series team, Carlin Racing, has undergone a rebrand ahead of the 2023 season. The British team has partnered with Rodin Cars, making Rodin Carlin.
For the 2023 Formula 3 season, the team have three different drivers as Zak O’Sullivan moves to PREMA, Brad Benavides graduates to Formula 2 and Enzo Trulli leaves the championship.
For the 2023 season, Rodin Carlin has two experienced Formula 3 drivers. Hunter Yeany returns to Formula 3, having previously raced in the series last year.
2022 was Yeany’s first full-time campaign in F3, but unfortunately, it was cut short. The American driver suffered a wrist injury early in the season, and returned for the 2022 final race in Monza.
Yeany will continue to race against Ido Cohen as he also joins Rodin Carlin for his third Formula 3 season. Cohen debuted in the championship back in 2021, and will be returning to the team in which he raced for in his rookie season, but also in his 2020 Euroformula Open campaign.
Yeany and Cohen will be racing alongside rookie teammate Oliver Gray. Gray will be debuting in the Formula 3 Championship this year, but it isn’t his debut with Rodin Carlin.
Gray previously raced for Carlin in the British Formula 4 Championship last year. Throughout his season, he claimed victories, podiums and pole positions, making him the vice-champion. He will be graduating to Formula 3 with the same team and as part of the Williams Driver Academy.
FormulaNerds spoke to Stephanie Carlin, Team Principal of the team, in a Virtual Media Roundtable during the first day of pre-season testing for F3.
Rodin Carlin have drivers with different levels of experience in their line-up this year. FormulaNerds asked Carlin how the combined F3 and Carlin experience of the drivers will put the team in a good position heading into the 10-round season.
Carlin spoke about Yeany and Cohen’s championship experience saying:
“It’s quite nice this year to have drivers that have got a little bit of experience in F3. Last year, was obviously three rookies; it was quite a challenge, but we were able to show real flashes of potential with all three drivers.”
She continued mentioning Cohen’s stint with Carlin in 2021. Carlin said: “So this year it’s really nice to have drivers with that former experience, and Ido, of course, raced with us in 2021, so he’s kind of come home, so that’s quite nice as well.”
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we're delighted to welcome back Ido Cohen to our @FIAFormula3 team!
Ido completes our 2023 line-up and we'll be back on track next week in @BAH_Int_Circuit
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— Rodin Carlin (@CarlinRacing) February 10, 2023
Gray’s debut season in Formula 3 will be only his third season in single-seater racing. When speaking to FormulaNerds, Carlin acknowledged the big jump between Gray’s previous campaigns and his F3 campaign.
“It’s a really big step up for Oli and this is definitely part of a two-year programme for him. He’s got a lot to learn but he’s doing a really good job.
“And today was his first day in an F3 car, so his smile was wide when he got out of the car, but there was a lot to learn, so he’s definitely going to benefit from his teammates and the feedback they’re giving already, not only on the car but also on the circuit, where the bumps are, where to avoid, things like that are already proving really helpful for him.”
Pre-season testing is happening this week for Formula 3. The three Rodin Carlin drivers placed 12th (Yeany), 19th (Cohen) and 27th (Gray) in their first on-track sessions of the year.
Rodin Carlin placed seventh in 2022 in the Teams’ Championship. With the combined experience of all three drivers, the team are in a good position to improve on 2022 and get some good results.
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