Carlin team prepared to lift Lincolnshire racer Jack Harvey to next level
Jack Harvey's team principal Trevor Carlin has hinted he would welcome the new Formula 3 champion to his GP3 team next season.
Winning the title at Donington last weekend has heightened speculation about what will happen next for the Bassingham-based racing driver as he makes the next step up in the motorsport world.
After having the 19-year-old under his wing for the last two years, Carlin said he would love the Lincolnshire driver to remain with the Carlin set-up.
"What Jack does next is dependant on his sponsors and the Racing Steps Foundation," he said.
"He may have been a bit inconsistent last year, but what we have seen this year is that he is quick all the time and he doesn't make mistakes.
"Winning the championship should help him and give him more credibility in the market place.
"I would imagine he will be looking at GP3 or World Series by Renault next season. They are a bigger, faster car as he inches his way towards Formula One.
"In reality, Formula One is probably two or three years away, depending on his progress, but he is getting closer."
The Carlin team boss explained that his team will be running cars in both GP3, GP2 and World Series next season.
And Carlin, who also took the Formula 3 runners-up place through Jazeman Jaafar, said he would advise Harvey to take the GP3 option.
"At this moment in time I would recommend he did GP3," said Carlin.
"It is a new package for 2013, a new engine and it would be back on the Formula One circuit which he knows from his BMW days.
"It is a level playing field from a driver's point of view and I think Jack would be top notch in it, I think he would be a contender from race one.
"The chassis is not dissimilar to F3, but the tyres are slightly wider and there is a lot more power.
"The cars have 400 horse power as opposed to 220, and they also have the Pirelli tyres which means he has to learn how to keep the tyres alive, so it's a very good training ground for Formula One.
"If his sponsors decide that's the right thing for him to do that's a conversation we'd love to have. We'd love Jack to come to us because we believe in him, we know him."