The motor sport talent spotter: ‘I get a fantastic gut feeling about people’

F2 and F3 team owner Trevor Carlin has nurtured several big names and says ‘it was so easy for Vettel to be fast’

Never one to seek the spotlight, Trevor Carlin even agonised long and hard before allowing the motor racing team he founded to bear his name. Duly christened Carlin Racing, the team and their owner may not be well known outside the sport but their influence looms large. The drivers who have been through his stable have more than made their mark, with Formula One world champions among them, including Sebastian Vettel.

Carlin has assembled a remarkable roster over the past 23 years but credits racing instinct over any grand plan. “I have a very good gut,” he says. “I get a fantastic gut feeling about people.”

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