EU 2.0: Series Barcelona preview

Shine and you'll go far! Eurocup Formula 2.0 is a necessary step on the ladder leading to the pinnacle of Motorsport. Some thirty cars are expected at Barcelona for the start of the season. The 'old hands' are tipped as favourites, but the...

Shine and you'll go far!

Eurocup Formula 2.0 is a necessary step on the ladder leading to the pinnacle of Motorsport. Some thirty cars are expected at Barcelona for the start of the season. The 'old hands' are tipped as favourites, but the rookies seem ready to play them at their own game. Everyone is looking forward to the result of the first round of the season, to see where they stand in relation to their rivals.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 is renowned for being the breeding ground for the champions of tomorrow. Quite simply, standing out from all the other hungry, talented young drivers is not a matter of luck and it is for good reason that Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 has uncovered talents such as Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica, Gianmaria Bruni, Scott Speed or more recently, Kamui Kobayashi, Felipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley.

The field in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 gets younger each year. With an average age this season of just 17, a good number of drivers have yet to pass their driving test! This has done nothing to curb their agility on the track, as collective testing at Barcelona, Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps proved.

Although no clear leader has come out of these first few sorties of the season, the more experienced guys have certainly taken advantage of them to shine. Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) was fastest at Barcelona and Le Mans, while at Spa-Francorchamps, before the snow came, Miki Monras (SG Formula) showed what he was made of. The two drivers from Barcelona have the advantage of starting the season at home on a track that they know inside-out. However, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Antonio Felix da Costa of Motopark Academy and Jean-Eric Vergne for SG Formula, will also be serious challengers.

For these stars of last season, it is essential to chalk up points as early as possible, as the new boys will be piling on the pressure! Even though they are still getting to grips with Formula Renault 2.0, SG Formula's Arthur Pic and Kevin Magnussen of Motopark Academy have matched the more senior guys.

The Motopark Academy, Epsilon Euskadi and SG Formula teams have shared the glory in recent seasons. The Spanish Iquick Valencia team seems primed to upset the established order. Although Johan Jokinen and Patrick Kronenberger are new to Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, both have some experience with the car. Jokinen showed his class in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, finishing fourth in the championship, while Kronenberger cut his teeth in Italy.

Jenzer Motorsport has adopted the same strategy with Nico Muller, Genis Olive and Fabien Thuner, three seasoned drivers with experience in Formula Renault 2.0, who will be driving their first full season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.

The Czech driver, Adam Kout stays at Krenek Motorsport where he teams up with Jakub Knoll. MP Motorsport is putting its stock in Nigel Melker and Danial de Jong, while Epsilon Sport has cars prepared for Luciano Bacheta and Arno Santamato. Finally, a new team this season, One Racing, will be running two Italian drivers, Daniel Mancinelli and Federico Scionti.

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Gianmaria Bruni , Felipe Massa , Robert Kubica , Kamui Kobayashi , Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Adam Kout , Luciano Bacheta , Miki Monras , Antonio Felix da Costa , Johan Jokinen , Jean-Eric Vergne , Nigel Melker , Nico Müller , Federico Scionti , Daniel Mancinelli , Kevin Magnussen , Arthur Pic , Jakub Knoll , Arno Santamato
Teams MP Motorsport , Jenzer Motorsport