EU 2.0: Series Hungary preview

Just one point in it! Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) is certainly making his mark on the start of this Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with four pole positions and three wins in four races. Despite this performance, the Spanish driver is just...

Just one point in it!

Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) is certainly making his mark on the start of this Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with four pole positions and three wins in four races. Despite this performance, the Spanish driver is just one point ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy), who has never been off the podium since the start of the season. The scene is set at the Hungaroring for the match to continue between these two drivers, but with more competitors looking to enter the fray.

Both in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series and in the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup, Albert Costa is turning the Royal March into the official anthem. For with seven wins to his credit (three in Eurocup FR 2.0 and four in FR 2.0 WEC), the Spaniard is proving too hot to handle in the early stages of the season. Despite such a commanding start, there is only one point in it between the Epsilon Euskadi driver and Antonio Felix da Costa. Consistency is paying dividends for the Motopark Academy ace. With podium finishes in all four races since the start of the season (three seconds and one third place), the Portuguese driver is all over de Costa's tail. All he has to do is claim his first win in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and he will really be in contention with the Spaniard for the overall leadership. The two drivers have already opened up a gap over the rest of the field. Some twenty points adrift of the top two, six drivers are separated by just a few points. Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) is the current leader of this chasing pack, ahead of Miki Monras (SG Formula), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy), Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy), Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport) and Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula). Out of this group, only Nathanael Berthon can actually boast a race win up to now. That was in Barcelona after Albert Costa's disqualification. The Frenchman will now be hungry to experience the pleasure of winning on the track. Berthon, in ever better form, will be one to watch closely. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Miki Monras, Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Muller all have a single podium finish under their belts. While Miki Monras and Nico Muller look to be improving fast and are regularly up at the front of the field, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Jean-Eric Vergne will be disappointed with their performances to date. Both announced as title contenders, the British driver and the Frenchman are playing for high stakes at the Hungaroring. Both drivers need at least one win, not only to get their campaigns started, but also to make their rivals pause for thought. Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth twice on this circuit last season and he will be raring to go. For his first year in the discipline, Kevin Magnussen, aged 16, showed an impressive turn of pace at Spa-Francorchamps, dominating the collective testing session and qualifying in second spot for both races. Now he's shown he can perform over a single lap, son of Jan Magnussen needs to confirm his talent in race conditions. Another Rookie, Arthur Pic (SG Formula) is also making a convincing start to the season and has been consistently in the top 10. The weekend in Hungary is almost a home leg for Czech team Krenek Motorsport, based in Prague. So Adam Kout (Krenek Motorsport) and Jakub Knoll (Krenek Motorsport) will be wanting to turn heads among their Hungarian neighbours.

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Nathanael Berthon , Adam Kout , Miki Monras , Antonio Felix da Costa , Jean-Eric Vergne , Nico Müller , Kevin Magnussen , Arthur Pic
Teams Jenzer Motorsport