The first rookie winner The 5th and 6th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup are fast approaching. In the upcoming Hungaroring meeting there is going to be just one rookie driver who has already won a race, one who has picked up two pole ...
The first rookie winner
The 5th and 6th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup are fast approaching. In the upcoming Hungaroring meeting there is going to be just one rookie driver who has already won a race, one who has picked up two pole positions and clocked the fastest lap in a race. That driver is Charles Pic, the Frenchman who drives for SG Formula.
Charles already demonstrated that he was a competitor to be reckoned with in the opening race of the Eurocup series in Zolder. He was second fastest during qualifying on the Belgian circuit, although inexperience put paid to his chances during the race itself. But the man from Montélimar is a quick learner! It was in the very next race, held in May in Nürburgring, that he burst onto the international scene.
At 17 years old, Charles is the youngest of the Top 9 drivers in the Eurocup, but he showed masterly control as he dominated proceedings out on the famous European F1 grand prix circuit. He picked up two superb pole positions. Then at the beginning of race 1, Henki Waldschmidt, who was next to him on the front line, got off to such an explosive start that it took the marshals nearly a full day to come to a decision not to penalise him! So in the end Charles savoured 2nd place on the podium, his first in the discipline.
The following day he made sure that none of the 41-strong pack of young pups got in front of him in the race, which he led from start to finish. This first victory, plus the point he won for clocking the fastest lap, took him up to second place on the Eurocup leader board, just 6 points behind the current leader. "It looks as though we are witnessing the birth of a future great champion. Charles fully deserves this success, and more is bound to come," said SG Formula team-manager Stéphane Guérin, in jubilant mood during evening after the race. The French team is hoping to add its first European drivers trophy to the bronze medals it won in 2005 and 2006.
Under the guidance of his team and of his sponsor, former Lola-Larrousse, Ligier and Lotus F1 driver Eric Bernard, he is looking forward to the rest of the season with confidence. The meeting in Hungaroring was only added to the 'World Series by Renault' calendar rather late in the season, so it was not possible to organise any official practice sessions. So the race is wide open. One thing is for sure though, July 14th would be a great day to be singing the French national anthem on the victory rostrum!