EU 2.0: Series Spa preview

Da Costa versus Costa With the flair of Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) against the consistency of Antonio Felix Da Costa (Motopark Academy) or Miki Monras (SG Formula), and Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) and Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport)...

Da Costa versus Costa

With the flair of Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) against the consistency of Antonio Felix Da Costa (Motopark Academy) or Miki Monras (SG Formula), and Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) and Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport) as outsiders able to pack a punch, Barcelona appears to have set the tone for the season ahead. But everything could be turned on its head at Spa, where Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy) must come out fighting.

With two pole positions, two fastest laps and a race win at Barcelona, Albert Costa proved just how fast he can be, and made his intentions for the title clear. But at the end of the first meeting of the season, Antonio Felix da Costa leads the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Third and second in Spain, the Portuguese driver will be hoping to keep the momentum going at Spa-Francorchamps to claim his first victory in the discipline. At just 17, and with a wealth of experience in karting, Antonio Felix da Costa appears to have come of age in only his second season of single-seater racing. Albert Costa must therefore continue to apply pressure to reduce the six-point deficit. For the hunted to turn hunter, the Spaniard must keep up his current pace. However, things will not be straightforward, as the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 is far from being an outright duel between the two drivers.

Costa's teammate, Nathanael Berthon, who has already claimed his first win in Formula Renault 2.0 in the first race of the season, cannot be discounted, and neither should Miki Monras. During off-season collective testing organized at Spa-Francorchamps, Miki Monras was quick in both wet and dry conditions before snow put paid to events. The Spaniard had a good start to the season on his home circuit, and comes to Spa-Francorchamps, one of his favourite circuits, with the firm intention of continuing to improve. Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport), Patrick Kronenberger (Iquick Valencia), Daniel Mancinelli (One Racing) and Johan Jokinen (Iquick Valencia) have also shown themselves to be capable of joining the fight for the title. The aim for these drivers will be to live up to expectations on the very tricky Spa circuit and go from outsiders to favourites. The second meeting of the season looks already like it will be crucial for some drivers.

Motopark Academy's Jean-Eric Vergne and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, two title hopefuls, already need to bounce back after a difficult weekend in Spain. Although the end of the season is still a long way off, the French and British drivers can't afford to let the competition get away from them. A win is the best way for each of them to get back on course. Having started in Formula Renault 2.0, Arthur Pic (SG Formula) chalked up his first points in Eurocup Formula Renault at Barcelona. The brother of Charles Pic is gradually going from strength to strength. It won't be too long before he starts closing in on the leaders. Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) and Marco Sorenson (Motopark Academy), rookies in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, had a less successful weekend in Barcelona. The two young Danes are both learning the ropes, but are hoping to have their say at Spa-Francorchamps, a track which always offers drivers the opportunity to shine.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Charles Pic , Nathanael Berthon , Miki Monras , Antonio Felix da Costa , Johan Jokinen , Jean-Eric Vergne , Nico Müller , Daniel Mancinelli , Kevin Magnussen , Arthur Pic
Teams Jenzer Motorsport