Pre-season newsletter 2007-02-02

The grid is nearly complete! The first weeks of 2007 have been a busy period in terms of announcements of team line-ups for World Series Formula Renault 3.5. Out of the 30 drives available, 23 are already taken! Interwetten.com plays the ...

The grid is nearly complete!

The first weeks of 2007 have been a busy period in terms of announcements of team line-ups for World Series Formula Renault 3.5. Out of the 30 drives available, 23 are already taken!

Interwetten.com plays the transatlantic card!

The Team title holders were very early to announce that Carlos Iaconelli would be joining their ranks. The Brazilian, who contested the best part of the 2006 season with GD Racing, will be joined by another driver from across the pond, the Mexican Salvador Duran, who finished 10th in the British Formula 3 Championship last season.

Draco Multiracing USA put their faith in experience

Once again, the Italian team is putting its faith in drivers with a sound knowledge of the category: Milos Pavlovic is already in his third season at this level. The Yugoslavian will be teaming up with Alvaro Barba, who makes the move from Jenzer Motorsport.

Red Devil Comtec Racing goes with Jaap, as usual!

In 2006, Jaap Van Lagen drove five races for Comtec before deciding to concentrate on bringing home the Eurocup Mégane Trophy title. Having achieved his goal, the Dutchman is now making the move back to single-seaters to take over where the reigning champion Alx Danielsson left off. The second car will be entrusted to Alejandro Nuñez, who moves to WSR from the' F3 Euro Series.

Carlin Motorsport: the dream team?

To many observers, the team put together by Trevor Carlin is shaping up to be a formidable opponent. One thing is for sure: with the F3 Euro Series runner-up and number three BMW Sauber F1 driver, in the shape of Sebastian Vettel, the British team looks certain to provide one of the stars of the Championship. But it will also be worth looking out for the Russian Mikhail Aleshin, who put in a fine performance in his first World Series season last year.

RC Motorsport to give Bonanomi his chance

Every time Marco Bonanomi has climbed into a Formula Renault 3.5, he has been impressively quick! With RC, the F3000 Pro-Series runner-up will be able to take advantage of the experience acquired last year with Borja Garcia. The second driver will be Adam Langley-Khan, a British driver who will be flying the flag for Pakistan.

Victory Engineering: from Formula 3 to Formula Renault 3.5

After crossing swords in the F3 Euro Series last season, Giedo van der Garde (6e) and Charlie Kimball (11e) will now be teammates in the World Series. Following Vettel's example, Van der Garde also has a busy season ahead of him with an additional role as the number three Super Aguri F1 driver.

KTR: the French hope

Kurt Mollekens has put together a line-up which seems to have promise, even if both drivers will be making their debut at this level in 2007. After finishing fourth in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 last season, the Belgian Bertrand Baguette was the first to announce he had signed for the team. The name of the French driver Guillaume Moreau has been added to the team list just today. The French Motorsport Federation (FFSA) National Team driver finished 9th in the 2006 F3 Euro Series.

Prema Powerteam

Angelo Rosin confirmed today that it has signed Xavier Maasen, who finally makes the step up after several seasons in Formula Renault 2.0. The name of the Dutchman's teammate will be unveiled some time in February.

Cram CH2

Though it will continue to fly the flag for Italy, the team will now be based in the UK and managed by Roly Vincini, the man behind Danielsson's success last season. Pippa Mann will become the first ever woman to drive in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5. She will be teaming up with the Malaysian driver Fairuz Fauzy, who comes to WSR from GP2 Series.

Epsilon Euskadi

The Basque outfit was the first to announce its driver line-up. Davide Valsecchi is staying on for another season and will now be joined by the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 winner Filipe Albuquerque. As the other team with Red Bull backing, along with Carlin, the team which won the 2005 title will be looking to regain the upper hand.

Pons Racing

For the time being, Pons has not yet announced any of its drivers for 2007.

Tech 1 Racing

Having looked comfortable right from the outset, Julien Jousse has not wasted any time in signing for the French team. With a view to filling the other seat, Simon Abadie is in discussions with several drivers who have already won races in the discipline.

Eurointernational

After both having been on the wrong end of a disappointing 2006 season, Eurointernational and Celso Miguez have now joined forces in an effort to return to the fore. Antonio Ferrari has yet to choose his number two driver.

GD Racing

No driver has yet been confirmed for the Italian team. Cristiano Giardina is working all out to finalize his team, which has appointed a new Technical Director, Umberto Visintini.

Fortec Motorsport

As the last team to join the Championship, Richard Dutton's outfit has already confirmed that it has signed James Walker, who finished 9th in British F3.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Charlie Kimball , Adam Langley-Khan , Fairuz Fauzy , Marco Bonanomi , Salvador Duran , James Walker , Pippa Mann , Kurt Mollekens , Sebastian Vettel , Xavier Maassen , Bertrand Baguette , Simon Abadie , Celso Miguez , Milos Pavlovic , Julien Jousse , Alejandro Nunez , Mikhail Aleshin , Carlos Iaconelli , Filipe Albuquerque , Guillaume Moreau , Trevor Carlin
Teams Sauber , Carlin , Jenzer Motorsport , Super Aguri F1