Seven teams confirm driver line-up
06/02/08 - Newsletter 1
In a few days' time, the thirteen Formula Renault 3.5 teams will each receive their first car for the 2008 season. Meanwhile, the driver line-up is taking shape, with sixteen of the twenty-six drivers already confirmed.
List of teams confirmed
The World Series by Renault Organizing Committee has now confirmed that all of the thirteen teams pre-selected last October will indeed be taking part in the 2008 competition. The selected teams are (in race number order): Tech 1 Racing (1/2), Draco Racing (3/4), Carlin Motorsport (5/6), Epsilon Euskadi (7/8), Prema Power Team (9/10), RC Motorsport (11/12), Pons Racing (14/15), KTR (16/17), Interwetten.com (19/20), P1 Motorsport (21/22), Fortec Motorsport (23/24), Red Devil Team Comtec (25/26) and Ultimate Signature (27/28).
The countdown begins!
The teams will get their hands on their first Formula Renault 3.5 2008 kit on February 19. They will have two weeks to put everything together before the first driving session, scheduled for March 5-6 in Valencia. The second kit will be delivered on March 18. All 26 cars will come together on the track for the first time on April 8-10 in Barcelona.
Tech 1 Racing: the French national team!
The reigning champions will be hoping to retain their title with two French drivers, Julien Jousse and Charles Pic. Jousse, who made it onto the podium three times last season with the Toulouse-based outfit, now takes on the role of lead driver, having learnt a great deal from working with Alvaro Parente. Pic, who finished third in last season's Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, has already shown in off-season testing that he is more than capable of adapting to this new challenge.
Draco Racing: fresh faces
After a promising first season with KTR, Bertrand Baguette has joined the Italian team with big ambitions. In the second car, one Barba is replaced by another. Alvaro's brother Marco returns to Formula Renault 3.5 (he competed in three meetings in 2006) after finishing second in the 2007 Spanish F3 championship.
Carlin Motorsport: going for the title!
Despite consistently being a major player since the category was created in 2005, Carlin Motorsport is still looking for its first Formula Renault 3.5 title. Sebastian Vettel looked a surefire bet for the championship crown, but his move into F1 cut his season short. Mikhail Aleshin will be spending his third year with the British team in 2008, so it's now or never for the Russian driver! He will be joined by Canadian driver Robert Wickens, who raced for Carlin in the last two races of the 2007 season.
Prema Power Team: viva Espaca!
Having been in the running for the title with Ben Hanley last year, the Venice-based team is determined to go one better this time around. Angelo and Rene Rosin have lined up an impressive pair of drivers to help them achieve their goal. Spanish drivers Alvaro Barba and Miguel Molina both won races last year, and both will harbour serious title ambitions. But who will come out on top?
KTR: Moreau stays put, Move steps in
Guillaume Moreau has opted to stay with KTR for his second season in Formula Renault 3.5. The Frenchman -- who will also be competing in a GT1 Endurance championship -- will be joined by Russian driver Daniil Move, who spent last year getting to grips with the competition with Interwetten.com.
Interwetten.com: sombreros and tequila all round!
Having shot to prominence with the Austrian outfit in 2007 (with one pole position and four podium finishes, including one race win), Salvador Duran will once again line up for Interwetten.com. He will be joined by another Mexican driver: Sergio Perez, British F3 National Class Champion.
P1 Motorsport: one guy, one girl
Giedo van der Garde was a highly consistent performer in 2007, but never made it onto the podium. The Dutch driver is determined to put that right in 2008. To this end, he has joined the P1 Motorsport team, managed by Rolly Vincini. He will team up with Pippa Mann, who has opted for stability in staying with the team.
And don't forget..
After spending last season learning the ropes, Pasquale di Sabatino has joined Red Devil Team Comtec for 2008. As things stand he is the only Italian driver in the competition! Runner-up in the South American F3 Championship, Brazilian driver Mario Romancini has crossed the Atlantic to join forces with Epsilon Euskadi.