Formula Renault 3.5: making champions
Renault Sport Technologies will invite 2010's Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0 Champions to try out Formula Renault 3.5 at the end of the season. In recognition of their success, drivers from around the world will have the opportunity to experience the 480bhp single-seater at the Motorland Aragon circuit on October 20. Young hopefuls from the world of motorsport will also be offered a place behind the wheel of Formula Renault 2.0 at the Barcelona circuit on October 11.
With one season not yet over, another is just beginning. No sooner will 2010's victors have been crowned at Barcelona on October 9-10, than their teams will start to look to the future. The first step will be taken at Barcelona on Monday, October 11, as the teams in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy offer the winners of the national Clio Cup championships to shift up a gear for a taste of Mégane Trophy.
The day will also see the teams in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 pay a visit to the Catalunya circuit, as the top-four F4 Eurocup 1.6 drivers are invited to try their hand at Formula Renault 2.0 as guests of Renault Sport Technologies, along with the 2009 and 2010 winners of the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, the champions of Formula Renault 2.0 BARC, Swedish Formula Renault 2.0 and a host of international kart drivers.
Teams from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series will also take part in two days of collective testing in Spain on October 12-13, as they put next season's hopefuls through their paces.
They will then make a return to Motorland Aragon from October 18-20 for three days of collective testing, including a half-day dedicated to drivers invited by Renault Sport Technologies. Furthermore, on the afternoon of October 20, this season's stand-out drivers in Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0 will be given their chance for a repeat performance in a Formula Renault 3.5.
The top-three drivers in Formula 3 Euro Series and British Formula 3 International Series, and the top-two in Spain's European Formula 3 Open will be given a chance to tryout for Formula Renault 3.5, as will the winners of Germany's Formel 3 Cup, Formula 3 Italia, Japanese Formula 3, and Formula 3 Sud Americana.
The stars of in Formula Renault 2.0 will also be out in force, starting with the top-three Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers. They will be joined by the cream of the British (top-two), Italian, Swiss and Finnish Championships, as well as the Northern European Cup.
In addition, the winners of the main F3 and Formula Renault 2.0 championships will be among the many drivers to take to the track as part of the three-day event as guests of Renault Sport Technologies and the promoters of each class, for an introduction to Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the logical next-step along the road to Formula 1 glory.
Participants will also include an RACB National Team driver, a Nismo driver, a driver supported by Renault Switzerland and the Formula Challenge Japan champion.
The calendar for the 2011 World Series by Renault will be announced at Barcelona. The Formula Renault 3.5 Series programme will feature nine meetings, while the sporting format remains unchanged from 2010, each race-day with one qualifying session and one race. Having won plaudits from everyone involved in the class, the rule concerning the use of light aerodynamic setup for one of the two races at each meeting will continue into 2011.
Three two-day collective testing sessions will be organized in the run-up to the new season, while the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 testing will be free from October 11 to December 31, 2010.