Three-way fight for runner's up spot
Having won the driver and team titles in Estoril, Robert Kubica and his Epsilon Euskadi team head for the final meeting of the season in relaxed mood. But there will still be plenty at stake in Monza: separated by just two points, Tristan Gommendy (KTR), Adrian Valles (Pons Racing) and Markus Winkelhock (Draco Multiracing USA) will be battling it out to make it onto the overall podium.
After taking the lead in the World Series at the end of the first meeting, Robert Kubica has not relinquished it since. Without ever showing himself to be a cut above the rest, the young Polish driver has managed to be more consistent than his rivals. A few meetings counted heavily in his favour, particularly those in Bilbao, Oschersleben and Estoril. As competitive as ever, Robert will not be taking his foot off the pedal in Monza: if he can add one or two wins to his record before concentrating on his first experience of F1 behind the wheel of the Renault R25, he won't pass up the opportunity!
But the main source of interest at this last meeting will undoubtedly be the fight between Tristan Gommendy, Adrian Valles and Markus Winkelhock for the runner's up spot. The French and Spanish drivers have each won one race, whilst the German has two wins to his name. It is also Markus who seems to be the most consistent as the season draws to a close, as he has finished in the points at each of the last five races.
The fight for fifth will be between Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) and Felix Porteiro (Epsilon Euskadi). By taking the opportunity to join Team Australia in the Champ Car World Series, Will Power will not finish the season with Carlin Motorsport. He will be at Surfer's Paradise this weekend for the penultimate round of the season. Trevor Carlin has yet to decide who will take his place in the Formula Renault 3.5 No. 4 in Monza.
This is not the only uncertainty as regards the starting line up for this weekend. Eurointernational, Victory Engineering, Cram Competition and Dams all have a drive available for the first practice sessions.
This weekend will be the last chance for several drivers to show what they can do before the transfer market opens up. The list of drivers who have experienced the joy of a podium finish includes the likes of Jaap Van Lagen (KTR), Colin Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport), Christian Montanari (Draco Multiracing USA), Damien Pasini (Cram Competition) and Milos Pavlovic (GD Racing).
Simon Pagenaud (DHG Saulnier Racing) has clearly moved ahead of his teammate Ryo Fukuda and is hoping to get close to the podium. As for Patrick Pilet (GD Racing), he showed in Estoril that he had not lost any of his speed since returning to the discipline.
After a convincing performance in his first race in Estoril, Italian driver Davide Rigon will continue his partnership with Victory Engineering. Also driving on home soil, Matteo Meneghello (Eurointernational), Ivan Bellarosa (Avelon Formula) Matteo Pellegrino and Giovanni Tedeschi (RC Motorsport) will be trying to pick up their first points of the year.
Brazilian Carlos Iaconelli, seen in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at the start of the year, will make his debut in World Series, racing for the Interwetten.com team. He will line up alongside fellow Brazilian, Fernando Rees.