Overview of the 2006 season
Having attracted more than 700,000 spectators to tracks around Europe in 2005, the first World Series by Renault season has been a resounding success with the fans. In 2006, several changes will be made to the sporting regulations for the World Series Formula Renault 3.5: there will be a new qualifying format and race one will be held on the Saturday.
Selection of teams
The deadline for teams to express an interest in taking part in the 2006 championship was October 14. The names of the pre-selected teams will be issued on October 25. The final list of the 15 teams for 2006 will be confirmed by the end of November.
Seven "World Series by Renault" meetings are already scheduled (Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom and Germany), as well as the Monaco GP and another meeting (tba).
Private testing with the Formula Renault 3.5 is strictly forbidden. Use of the Dallara-Nissan SN01 is authorized for drivers who are not entered in the World Series 2006.
Two 2-day winter test sessions will be organized by Renault Sport:
Valencia -- November 22 & 23
HTTT Paul Ricard -- December 6 & 7
The national and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship winners will be offered a 20-lap test session in a Formula Renault 3.5 at the Paul Ricard circuit.
Three 2-day joint practice sessions will be organized by Renault Sport between mid-February and the start of the 2006 championship. They will be held on the circuits selected for World Series races in France, Italy and Germany.
Three days of joint practice sessions will be organized by Renault Sport on the Thursday prior to the meetings taking place in Turkey, the UK and Belgium.
- Friday: two 45-minute free practice sessions
- Saturday: 30-minute qualifying session (7 laps per driver) and a 35-minuute race.
- Sunday: 30-minute qualifying session (7 laps per driver) and a 45-minute race with mandatory pit stop.
The Monaco meeting will consist of one free practice session, one qualifying session and one race.
Each driver will have three sets of tyres for the meeting (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Only one set may be used in each qualifying session, for which tyre warmers will be authorized.
A total of 750,000E will be awarded to teams based on their overall standing.
Renault F1 Team test
The winning driver of the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 will once again be offered a test with the Renault F1 Team.