Leaving the heartbreak of Silverstone behind them Carlin’s 2011 Championship winning Formula Renault 3.5 team move forward to the seventh round of the 2012 calendar as they take on the Hungaroring – a track with happy memories for the team. Having already travelled as far afield as Russia and competed in at their home round at Silverstone the entire team, along with drivers Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens, look to capitalise on the speed which saw them take a great pole position with Magnussen at Silverstone last time out.

The last round at the Northamptonshire track was a tough affair for the whole team; Magnussen brilliantly put his car on pole position on Saturday morning for the first race of the weekend however after leading in the difficult wet conditions he hit a patch of water and skidded off track and into the barriers – a move many a driver would replicate over the course of the red flag affected race. Stevens had kept his car on track despite the adverse conditions and was leading the race however as things settled back into a rhythm he too fell victim to the difficult conditions putting him out of contention.

A great team effort to rebuild Magnussen’s car ready for the afternoon’s qualifying session ensured the Dane was able to qualify for race two – a feat that couldn’t be achieved by all teams in the pit lane with the amount of damage caused. Stevens came through the field during the second race of the weekend to clinch sixth position – his highest finish in the championship during his rookie season.

With the frustrations of Silverstone behind them, the team have high hopes for Budapest. The Hungaroring has been a happy hunting ground for Carlin’s Formula Renault 3.5 team with last year’s Vice-Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, taking both wins during a dominant display. The mass of points scored during the weekend moved the team into a position where they would be able to clinch the Team’s Title at the next round in the Championship.

The twisty 4.381 km Hungaroring circuit, located near the capital of Budapest will, as ever, hold two free practice sessions on Friday before the first qualifying session gets underway on Saturday morning in the run up to the afternoon’s race. Magnussen and Stevens will hit the track once again on Sunday for the final qualifying run and race two of the weekend.

After a tough showing last time out Kevin Magnussen said, ‘Silverstone was of course a difficult weekend for me but I’m looking forward to putting that behind me this weekend. The car certainly has pace as was proven by my pole position last time out and it’s something I want to replicate here and convert into a win.’

Team mate Will Stevens added, ‘Silverstone was definitely a step in the right direction for us. I had my best finish there, the pace was good and I believe that if we carry on in that direction we can have a strong weekend here. This is a track that I enjoy and feel familiar with. Two years ago I achieved a podium here in the Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Championship as a guest driver however last year was difficult for me – but it’s still a track I like to race at because it’s technical and a real drivers circuit.’