Aitken leads 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up

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Aitken leads 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Feb 21, 2017, 3:24 PM

Renault has announced its line-up of Academy drivers for 2017, with Jack Aitken and Sun Yue Yang being joined by Formula 4 stars Max Fewtrell and Jarno Opmeer.

Jack Aitken, Renault Sport Academy
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Sun Yue Yang
Max Fewtrell, Carlin
Jarno Opmeer

The Renault Sport Academy was formed at the beginning of 2016, along with the French manufacturer's return to Formula 1 as a factory team.

Oliver Rowland, Jack Aitken, Louis Deletraz and Kevin Jorg were unveiled as the initial signings last year.

In addition, karting driver Yang joined the team during the season, completing an extensive single-seater testing programme.

Of the quintet, only Aitken and Yang have been retained for 2017, although Rowland is expected to remain affiliated with Renault.

The announcement confirms Aitken's expected move to GP3 frontrunner team ART Grand Prix, the Brit joining Mercedes junior George Russell and Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi at the team.

Yang will make his car racing debut in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with JD Motorsport, the start start a two-year programme in the series.

Alongside Yang, Fewtrell and Opmeer both confirmed their step up to the Eurocup from F4.

Fewtrell, managed by Infinity Sports Management, became the 2016 British F4 champion, while Opmeer was second behind Red Bull's Richard Verschoor in the SMP F4 series.

Fewtrell and Opmeer will race with Tech 1 Racing and MP Motorsport respectively in Formula Renault.

2017 GP3 driver line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
ART Grand Prix

 George Russell

 Nirei Fukuzumi

 Jack Aitken

 Anthoine Hubert

Arden International

 Niko Kari

 Steijn Schothorst

 Leonardo Pulcini

Trident

 Kevin Jorg

 Giuliano Alesi

DAMS TBA
Koiranen GP TBA
Jenzer Motorsport TBA
Campos Racing  Julien Falchero
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