World Series by Renault: present and future A few days before the 2009 World Series by Renault get underway, Remi Deconinck, Renault Sport Technologies' Managing Director, talks about RST's successful strategy and its unflinching commitment to...
World Series by Renault: present and future
A few days before the 2009 World Series by Renault get underway, Remi Deconinck, Renault Sport Technologies' Managing Director, talks about RST's successful strategy and its unflinching commitment to motorsport promotion.
Does Renault Sport intend to maintain its commitment to the promotion of talented young drivers in these difficult economic times?
"We are aware of the current difficulties, but we are also more committed than ever to our values. Renault Sport has developed a unique expertise in the development and organization of single-brand formulas over the last forty years. As we didn't wait for the economic crisis to come along to take steps aimed at controlling operating budgets, we can feel relaxed as we look ahead. The success of the various categories is based on solid foundations, which enable us to offer a unique programme, a stepping stone to Formula 1. Our greatest satisfaction lies in the ongoing loyalty of the teams, who have once again provided us with some superb line-ups in 2009."
The World Series by Renault lie at the heart of this programme...
"Yes, the World Series by Renault are a key part of the brand's motorsport setup. The talent of the young drivers, who are the real stars of these events, is showcased in a unique manner in the media, for spectators and partners."
Speaking of the media, you have just announced a partnership with Eurosport?
"We are proud to announce that all of this season's Formula Renault 3.5 Series races will be broadcast live. The channel's 240 million viewers will be able to discover the future stars of F1. The other World Series by Renault categories won't be overlooked, as there will be a 26-minute highlights programme scheduled after each meeting."
Looking further ahead, what new developments are planned in the World Series by Renault?
"The strength of our programme comes from our long-term strategy, which is based on performance, state-of-the-art technology, safety and reliability at reduced cost. After launching the new versions of Formula Renault 3.5 and Megane Trophy in 2008 and 2009, we will be turning our attention to New Formula Renault 2.0, the next version of the world's best selling single-seater race car in 2010. And then in 2011, we will launch New Formula Renault 3.5, with ever better performance levels!"