It has been a long summer break for Carlin drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Robert Wickens whilst waiting for the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 series to jump-start back into action. Carlin currently lead the championship while Vergne and Wickens are first and second in the drivers’ championship respectively. The team now head to their home round – Silverstone.

Six race free weekends have passed since Carlin were out in Budapest for the previous round of the championship – a round which saw Vergne take two spectacular wins and consequently take the lead of the championship.

Heading to the team’s home race with a large points haul sees Carlin leading its closest rivals by an astonishing 158 points.

Once a World War Two airfield, Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire has witnessed over 60 years of historic motorsport making this circuit a firm driver favourite. Its legendary corners and straights provide some great action for drivers and spectators alike.

Both Vergne and Wickens have good memories of the track having both taken wins in Formula Renault 3.5 here in the past. Wickens won for Carlin in 2008 while Vergne was on the top step of the podium last year. Silverstone was also the circuit in which Vergne stormed to victory to secure his British Formula 3 title with Carlin.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Vergne said, “I can’t wait to get back on track, I have been training and now feel more than ready for the rest of the season. It’s been a long time since the last race which ended on a real high for us. I have great memories of Silverstone and it’s a track I like so I’ll be aiming for victory at the team’s home race this weekend.”

Qualifying for race one will get underway on Saturday morning at 9am, with the race commencing at 1pm.