For the first time since 2005, the World Series by Renault stops off in Austria – this time at the Red Bull Ring.
The fast, rolling circuit will give drivers from the series’ four championships the chance to showcase their speed and talent, and push their Renault-made racing cars to the limit. The European Le Mans Series, meanwhile, will make its WSR debut by providing the support action.
Over the past nine years, around five million spectators have attended World Series by Renault meetings at 21 different circuits. In 2013 there is yet another new circuit on calendar: the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The circuit has hosted Formula 1 grands prix in the past, and provides a magnificent venue for drivers and spectators alike.
The Infiniti Red Bull F1 Show will give the crowd a glimpse of F1’s world championship-winning car in action. And with current F1 driver and 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel, it is sure to be a spectacular show.
Other on-track entertainment comes from the ever-popular Renault Sport Show and Renault Classic Show, as well as the Red Bull Air Show and the two-wheel Red Bull Moto Stunt Show. The World Series by Renault will also host a round of the European Le Mans Series for the first time.
Both of the weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series races will be shown live on Eurosport 2, with the entire meeting available to watch online via the Eurosport Player.
Da Costa sets sights on Vandoorne and Magnussen
With half of the season gone, two drivers are in control at the top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings. Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Motorsports) leads with 136 points, while Kevin Magnussen (DAMS), his Danish rival and McLaren Driver Development Programme colleague, is second on 133.
Stoffel Vandoorne has been in superb form since June, racking up four victories in nine races, including a current run of three straight wins. The Belgian averages more than 15 points per race, and continues to grow in stature. But with six podiums in nine races, Kevin Magnussen is a consistent performer and remains an equally strong candidate for the title.
Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham), third, currently trails the championship leader by 47 points. The Red Bull Junior Team driver won at Monza and took two podiums at Spa-Francorchamps, but he has failed to score points three times and will need a strong run of results if he is to close the gap.
Will Stevens (P1 by Strakka Racing), Nico Müller (International Draco Racing), Nigel Melker (Tech 1 Racing) and Arthur Pic (AV Formula) have all been solid so far. Like Da Costa, they will all be hoping to make an impression and show their potential in the second half of the season.
A famously fast circuit, the Red Bull Ring will allow the drivers to feel the full force of the Formula Renault 3.5. Sergey Sirotkin (ISR), Marco Sorensen (Lotus), Carlos Huertas (Carlin), Andre Negrao (International Draco Racing), Christopher Zanella (ISR), Oliver Webb (Fortec Motorsports), Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) and Norman Nato (DAMS) are all way off the pace in the championship, but will nonetheless be determined to make an impact.
Race 1: Saturday 20 July, 14:30 (local time)
Race 2: Sunday 21 July, 14:30 (local time)