BFREN: Former UK Formula Renault champions in F1 test

Formula Renault Champions busy in first F1 test Three past Formula Renault UK Champions, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Pizzonia and Pedro de la Rosa, are each busy in action in Formula One's first official test of 2002 at the Spanish Grand Prix...

Formula Renault Champions busy in first F1 test

Three past Formula Renault UK Champions, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Pizzonia and Pedro de la Rosa, are each busy in action in Formula One's first official test of 2002 at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit of Barcelona this week.

After a sensational debut F1 season last year with Sauber, 2000 Champion Raikkonen yesterday made his long-awaited first appearance for the McLaren team where he replaces 1999 World Champion, fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen.

Brazilian Pizzonia, who won the 1999 Formula Renault UK title, is carrying out work for the Williams team which has signed him as an official test driver. On Monday, F1's first official test day of the year, he was fastest overall. He also starts 2002 among the favourites to win the FIA International Formula 3000 title.

Meanwhile, Spaniard de la Rosa, the 1992 Formula Renault UK Champion, is aiming to develop his Jaguar into a front-running F1 machine.

Renault UK's Press and PR Director Tim Jackson commented: "Kimi, Antonio and Pedro are excellent examples of the way young talent develops after serving an apprenticeship in the Formula Renault UK Championship.

"Signs are that in 2002 more high calibre young talent is on the way. Interest in our championship is at an all-time high with the very best young drivers from around the world signing with teams. Certainly, the 2002 Formula Renault grid is shaping up to be the most competitive in the 12 years the championship has been in the UK. Everyone in the Renault UK Motorsport team is extremely excited about the season ahead."

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Series Formula 1 , Formula Renault
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams