Rowland headlines first intake of Renault's new Academy

Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland and three Formula Renault 2.0 frontrunners have joined the newly-established Renault Sport Academy.

Rowland, who set a record for most FR3.5 wins in a season last year, is joined by Jack Aitken, Louis Deletraz and Kevin Jorg, who made up the top three in the 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings.

"The Renault Sport Academy underlines the commitment of Renault Sport Racing to nurturing young talent and to developing the Formula 1 stars of the future," said Renault's new racing director Frederic Vasseur.

"The motivation is not just altruistic; we want these drivers to become future Formula 1 World Champions and we are putting every tool at their disposal to achieve this aim."

Renault's headline signing Rowland, 23, is to join GP2 in 2016, albeit the team he will contest the series with has yet to be confirmed - with Prema, who appeared to be the early favourites for his signature, hiring Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly instead.

Rowland's 20-year-old compatriot Aitken will move to GP3 on the heels of winning the Eurocup title and will race for Arden Motorsport.

Deletraz, the 18-year-old son of former F1 driver Jean-Denis, will drive for Fortec in the rebranded Formula V8 3.5 series, while fellow Swiss racer Jorg, 20, will switch to GP3 with DAMS - Renault's factory partner in Formula E.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Oliver Rowland , Jack Aitken , Louis Deletraz , Kevin Jörg
Teams Renault F1 Team
Article type Breaking news