Aragon: P1 Motorsport preview

Jan Charouz and Walter Grubmuller ready for World Series by Renault debut Following weeks of intense preparation Czech racing driver Jan Charouz and Austrian Walter Grubmuller Jr. are set to make their debut in the World Series by Renault ...

Jan Charouz and Walter Grubmuller ready for World Series by Renault debut

Following weeks of intense preparation Czech racing driver Jan Charouz and Austrian Walter Grubmuller Jr. are set to make their debut in the World Series by Renault this weekend. Jan Charouz and Walter Grubmuller Jr. under the guise of British P1 Motorsport enter the opening round of the World Series by Renault at Motorland Aragon Circuit, Spain.

The World Series by Renault 2010 are set to kick off exactly where they left off at the close of season 2009, at Motorland Aragon. Six months after the last race of the 2009 season, Formula Renault 3.5 Series is back at the Motorland Aragon circuit for the first event of 2010. Twelve teams were selected by the World Series by Renault organizing committee for this season, including British P1 Motorsport. In any event, there will be 24 drivers with ambitions on the title and determined to inch their way closer to F1. The season is set to be more hotly contested than ever.

This 2010 season's race format has been simplified slightly. Each race will be preceded by the corresponding qualifying session, making each day of racing independent from the other. Also, on the Saturday of each leg - except for Monaco where single race is scheduled - it is compulsory for the cars to be set up with a new "light" aero configuration. Competitors will use a smaller rear wing, with limited deflection angles fixed by the regulations. Skirts will also be outlawed. For Race 2, which will feature a compulsory pit stop with at least a change of one pair of tires, drivers will be able to choose their setup. This means the competitors will have to adapt their driving to different aero behaviour from one day to the next.

Not surprisingly, the "light" aero configuration was one of the chief focuses during winter testing in Barcelona, Jerez and Motorland Aragon. In the course of these collective testing days, the rookies made an impressive showing and P1 Motorsport drivers Walter Grubmuller and Jan Charouz, were always on the pace too. However, just races will show how the drivers compare to the competition. Despite Jan Charouz and Walter Grubmuller Jr. are set to make their debut in the championship, they want to challenge for the Top 10.

The opening round of the World Series by Renault hosts Motorland Aragon in Spain. The circuit, designed by the well known Formula 1 architect Herman Tilke with a help of the F1 pilot Pedro de la Rosa as the technical consultant, is 5,345 m long and 12-15 m wide. The venue presents nine left and eight right corners and a main straight 1,726m long.

Jan Charouz, P1 Motorsport driver: "I have learnt Motorland Aragon circuit during a test session, and I have liked it. It is an interesting track: it is fast with a challenging layout with downhill and uphill sections. I achieved quite good results in tests there at Motorland Aragon, but the race is something different. Anyway I hope I will challenge points scoring positions. I would like to be in the Top 10 in the overall World Series by Renault rankings, so I have to achieve good results from the beginning of the season. Obviously, I am going to learn and gain experience too."

Walter Grubmuller Jr., P1 Motorsport driver: "I would like to finish both races in the points scoring positions, but obviously, I would rather be in the Top 5. The World Series by Renault is driven very hard, which means drivers have to mind possible clashes. But Motorland Aragon is a wide track, so it should be little bit easier here."

Roly Vincini, P1 Motorsport team principal: "It would be great to see both drivers continue the form they have shown throughout pre-season testing. If they can combine this, with a bit of luck on the day which they may need as rookies, I think we can hopefully be challenging for podiums."

Antonin Charouz, drivers' manager: "I am looking forward to the first round of World Series by Renault. We have done a lot of testing before the start of the season, so I am curious to see where we are comparing to the competition."

All races of 2010 World Series by Renault you can follow live on Eurosport. Race 1 at Aragon starts on Saturday, April 17 at 2pm.

-source: p1 motorsport

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Hermann Tilke , Walter Grubmuller , Jan Charouz , Antonin Charouz