Congratulations to Sebastian, Heikki, Robert and Fernando!
Drivers from competitions set up by Renault Sport Technologies and RPM Racing shone at an exciting Italian Grand Prix. Having graduated to Formula 1 from Formula Renault 3.5 just over a year ago, Sebastian Vettel stepped into the limelight when he claimed his first Grand Prix victory in only his twenty-second F1 race.
In July 2007, Sebastian Vettel was forced to abandon his season in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 at the top of the general standings. It was a high price to pay, but for all the right reasons, as the German was called up by Scuderia Toro Rosso to race in the last seven Grand Prix of the season. A little over a year after entering the very highest class in his sport, Vettel has now become the youngest driver in history to take a pole position and an F1 win.
Vettel was joined on the podium by Heikki Kovalainen, champion of the 2004 World Series by Nissan and Robert Kubica, who earned his title the following year in the inaugural season of World Series by Renault.
Just missing out on a podium place after a brilliant race, Fernando Alonso completed the impressive line-up of drivers from the Renault Sport Technologies stable. The ING Renault F1 Team driver started his career in single-seater racing in the Nissan Telefonica Open, winning the championship in 1999.
The race order for this Grand Prix sends out a powerful message to up and coming drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, starting with Giedo Van der Garde who has the 2008 crown well within reach.
Created when World Series by Nissan fused with Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and V6, the World Series by Renault have become the competition of choice for drivers hoping to reach motorsport's highest rung. Drivers who stand out in the Formula Renault 2.0 national championships can expect to move up to Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and from there to Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The winner of that championship is then offered a test-drive with ING Renault F1 Team.
The last two rounds of the season will take place at Estoril (September 27-28) and Barcelona (October 18-19).