Carlos Sainz Jnr joins F3 Cup grid at Snetterton

Red Bull Racing Junior driver Carlos Sainz Jnr is set to join the F3 Cup grid at the final round of the season at Snetterton on 26/27th October with his former team Carlin Motorsport.

Red Bull Racing Junior driver Carlos Sainz Jnr is set to join the F3 Cup grid at the final round of the season at Snetterton on 26/27 October with his former team Carlin Motorsport.

Sainz will be running in the Invitational Class, and is entering to qualify for the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in November. Drivers must have competed in at least one F3 event to be eligible for the season-ending race, and Sainz has been racing in GP3 this season with MW Arden. The young Spaniard's last F3 race was the 2012 Macau Grand Prix.

He follows fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver and friend Antonio Felix Da Costa in visiting Snetterton with F3 Cup prior to Macau, and the Portuguese racer went on to take two F3 Cup victories before giving Carlin their first win at Macau since Takuma Sato in 2001.

The car Felix Da Costa took to two dominant victories at Snetteton in F3 Cup last season, a Dallara-Volkswagen F308, will be Sainz's steed.

Sainz, who won at Snetterton with Carlin in British F3 in 2012, said: 'I think preparing for Macau at Snetterton as part of the F3 Cup is ideal. It is exactly what Antonio [Felix da Costa] did last year and he went on to get the win. He got a lot out of it and I'm sure that I will as well.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the car at Snetterton where I have previously won and also can't wait to get back in the F3 car!'

Trevor Carlin, Team Principal at Carlin, added: "The F3 Cup made us extremely welcome last year and it was a fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie with Antonio. Snetterton is a great venue as well for an F3 car, so we're delighted to go back this season with Carlos. Not only is this an essential step in making Carlos eligible for Macau, but it will be a great opportunity for him to readjust to an F3 car after a season in GP3."

With Sainz competing in newer machinery he will not be eligible for points, meaning he will not be taking points away from the championship hopefuls of Alex Craven, Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe. Craven heads into the round three points clear of Powell, with Cliffe in third. Taking dropped scores into account, Craven and Powell are level on points.

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