As the technical director of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Anthony Leblanc is a key figure behind the scenes at the World Series by Renault and plays a vital role in ensuring the championship is a fair contest. The stopwatch is always running as far as Anthony Leblanc is concerned, no matter whether he is monitoring events trackside or going about his work in Renault Sport Technologies’ Motorsport Department at Les Ulis, near Paris. “At every meeting we provide technical support to the (…)
Two pole positions, two victories and a fastest race lap sum up the Saturday of Louis Delétraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) at Motorland Aragón. The BMW Motorsport Junior driver won race one ahead of the member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports) and member of the French FFSA Circuit Team Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing). The son of the former F1 driver then did it again in race two ahead of team mate Kevin Jörg, making it a Josef Kaufmann Racing (…)
On the day that the 2015 World Series by Renault season gets under way at Motorland Aragon in Spain, we would like to wish a very happy birthday to the 2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Giedo van der Garde. The Dutch driver started his career in Formula Renault 2000 before joining the Renault Driver Development programme. Following a stint in the F3 Euro Series, he made his Formula Renault 3.5 Series debut in 2007 with Victory Engineering, while also becoming a test driver with (…)
The opening qualifying session of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season ended with Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) on pole. With a low-downforce aerodynamic configuration on the rear wing compulsory for Saturday’s race, the Lotus F1 Team Junior driver outpaced the field with a lap of 1:41.446 and will head the grid from Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) and Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports). Completing the second row is Meindert van Buuren (Lotus), with Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports) and (…)
Louis Delétraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) kicked off the new season in style on Saturday morning, securing pole position for the day’s two Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races at Motorland Aragon. The Swiss racer will head the race-one grid from Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports), his 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC rival and a fellow McLaren Young Driver Development Programme member.
The official partner of the WTCC Race of Morocco in Marrakech on 17-19 April, Renault Maroc marked the occasion by staging a special show on the track at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. The Twizy Renault Sport F1, Clio R.S.
Following a studious winter composed of four days of collective tests, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series returned to competition at Motorland Aragón. This Friday, Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) posted the best time of the day in 1:42.013. The Lotus F1 Team Junior driver led from Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) and Beitske Visser (AVF).
Ten years after its debut at Zolder, the World Series by Renault kicks off season 11 on April 25 and 26. This unique motor racing happening that has already welcomed more than 5.6 million spectators retains the elements responsible for its success with a programme composed of races and a multitude of attractions, including the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show.
The tenth year of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup will start this weekend at Monza 11/12 April. An overview at where the first nine champions are now. 2006 Champion: Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal), Motopark Academy 4 wins, 2 poles in 16 races 2010: won the Race of Champions 2011 – 2013: DTM with Audi 2014: 24h Le Mans with Audi 2014: 2nd place ELMS (LMP2) 2007 Champion: Frank Kechele (Germany), Motopark Academy 8 wins, 7 poles in 16 races 2008 – 2011: sportscars (…)
The 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season is approaching fast. And when the racing gets under way, you’ll be able to follow the action on Eurosport.
The Long Beach circuit hosted the sixth ePrix of the FIA Formula E Championship season and the final round in the Americas. In California, the drivers produced unprecedented performance levels in their Spark-Renault SRT01_E race cars, setting new benchmarks for pole position and the fastest race lap in the all-electric series.
Swedish driver Alx Danielsson, the second driver to win the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, today celebrates his 34th birthday. Many happy returns, Alx. While 2005 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robert Kubica was showcasing his talent in Formula One free testing sessions, an ambitious new generation was plotting to succeed the Pole as the champion of the newly created racing series
Saturday marks the end of the Formula E Championship’s American tour. Drivers and teams will head for California to race in the sixth round of the championship for electric cars. The Long Beach ePrix is the mid-season point of this innovative category, which will soon make its European debut
The final day of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective tests turned to the advantage of Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus). On the Motorland Aragón circuit, the Lotus F1 Junior Team driver set best time of the day at 1:40.662 to lead the way from Tio Ellinas (Strakka Racing) and Racing Steps Foundation protégé, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports). In the afternoon, Red Bull Junior Team driver, Dean Stoneman (DAMS) was quickest in what was the last pre-season session, ending the string of four (…)
Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) dominated both sessions on day one of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test at Motorland Aragón. The Lotus F1 Junior Team member posted a lap time of 1:40.635 to lead the way ahead of Red Bull Junior Team driver Dean Stoneman (DAMS) and SMP Racing protegee Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport). Tomorrow will be the final day of testing before the start of the World Series by Renault
Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) dominated both sessions on day one of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test at Motorland Aragón. The Lotus F1 Junior Team member posted a lap time of 1:40.635 to lead the way ahead of Red Bull Junior Team driver Dean Stoneman (DAMS) and SMP Racing protegee Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport). Tomorrow will be the final day of testing before the start of the World Series by Renault
The start of the 2015 Clio Cup China season will provide the curtain-raiser for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, with 13 Clio Cups taking to the track in the build-up to the F1 race. Car No2: Kenneth Lau Car No10: Gary Cheung Car No 17: Terence Tse Car No26: YANG Chun Lei Car No27: Yu Kam Cheong Car No50: Yang Xu Car No58: Han Hui Lin Car No61: HUANG Yi Car No66: YE Xing Ping Car No68: Michael Choi Car No77: Bentley Yeung Car No78: SONG Bo Car No96: Yasuo Senna (…)
A star of the World Series by Renault for four whole seasons and a two-time champion, in 2010 and 2012, Stoffel Vandoorne today celebrates his 23rd birthday. Born in Kortrijk, Belgium, Stoffel Vandoorne won a KF2 class title in the Belgian Karting Championship before making his World Series by Renault single-seater debut in the 2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 championship. The young Belgian served notice of his ability with six wins as he stormed to the title.
A Eurocup Megane Trophy and Eurocup Clio driver since 2008, Margot Laffite is now a Renault Sport brand ambassador. With the start of the new World Series by Renault just a month away, she sat down with us for an interview. Tell us about your year with Renault Sport in 2014.
Third in the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS, Matevos Isaakyan (JD Motorsport) put in the best run of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective tests at Motorland Aragón. On the circuit that will host the opening round of the World Series by Renault, the Russian, supported by SMP Racing, established a new record in the category with a time of 1:54.728, breaking the track record set by Will Stevens in 2011. He was followed by Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing) and Jack Aitken (Koiranen GP).
Miami, “Gateway to the Americas”, was the venue for the fifth ePrix of the FIA Formula E Championship. In Florida’s largest city, the drivers once again showed off the qualities of the Spark-Renault SRT01_E single-seaters used in the all-electric category At the end of a race in which energy management was crucial, Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) came out on top, finishing ahead of Scott Speed (Andretti) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt).
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Robert Wickens is now making his name in DTM, having scored two wins in the last two seasons. Today he celebrates his 26th birthday.
The Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R has become the first production car to set a lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit with a time of 2:23min and an average speed of 133kph. Infiniti Red Bull Racing new recruit Daniil Kvyat took the helm and steered the Megane R.S
The 2015 Formula One World Championship gets underway in Melbourne in a few hours’ time, with Renault Energy-F1′s powertrains once again taking to the track with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso stables. The most significant developments in the new powertrain can be found in the V6 engine, turbocharger and battery. The V6 boasts a brand new combustion chamber, while the exhaust systems and variable intake manifolds have been reworked
Formula One makes its return this weekend, with the Australian Grand Prix marking the start of the 2015 season. Thirteen of the drivers who will be on the grid in Melbourne (some 65 percent of the field) cut their teeth in Formula Renault before stepping up to the highest level. Can you list them all
Day two of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing at Cicuito de Jerez went the way of Tio Ellinas (Strakka Racing). On Friday, the Cypriot set quickest lap of the morning session in 1:28.260. He finished the day with best time, ahead of the fastest man in the afternoon, Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus), and Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin)
2015 is the tenth season of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. The Formula Renault 2.0 car has been around for a long time but the history of the Northern European Cup started with the merger of the Formula Renault championships of Germany and the Netherlands.
In an event first, Renault will partner with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to set the first ever production car lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ will be held on Thursday 12th March and is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule. Never before has a commercially-available production vehicle under or up to two litre set a timed lap of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, and there is no (…) – News
Infiniti Red Bull Racing have revealed the livery for their 2015 Formula One world championship car. Powered by the Renault Energy F1-2015 engine, the Red Bull Racing RB11 will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. The two drivers epitomise the success of Renault’s single-seater driver development programme.
Third winter test and second at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya offered a final chance to prepare the Renault Energy-F1 2015 before Melbourne. Renault and its partner teams largely fulfilled their objectives with Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso accumulating a combined total of 9,800km, the equivalent of 32 grands prix over the three tests.
Born on 24 February 1955, Alain Prost turns 60 today. The relationship between Renault and the French legend stretches back more than 40 years, and in wishing him a happy birthday we have chosen to look back at the wonderful moments we have shared with him. Did you know, for example, that Alain Prost earned a drive with Elf in the 1976 Formula Renault National championship and won the European Formula Renault title a year later
Development of the new Renault Energy-F1 2015 continues during the first of two tests at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Renault satisfied with more than 3,800 kilometres covered over the four days, including several grand prix simulations and extensive work focusing on the Power Unit’s reliability and driveability. Near-Melbourne Power Unit specification benefits Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
A number of drivers who have excelled in the World Series by Renault and major international competitions have been involved in the development of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, contributing their different driving styles and viewpoints in helping to perfect the car. Since making its first outing, the Renault Sport R.S.
Are there any particular areas of the power unit you have worked on to give performance? We have made lots of changes to the power unit across all areas from last year. We won’t go into specifics about each and every part we have changed, but we will arrive in Melbourne with a very different engine to last year.
It’s been a short winter break this year, but Renault Sport F1 has nevertheless made a lot of progress. Can you explain the areas where you have moved forward? In the short gap between seasons we have taken a number of steps forward.
What are the challenges going into the second year of the power units? Year two of a new engine is always difficult. The 2015 power unit project was started six months before the 2014 units took to the track, ie
Renault changed tack at the start of the 1990s, replacing the Super 5 with a Clio that revealed a fresh sense of direction, with its sports version undergoing nothing short of a metamorphosis. Renault had already revolutionised motorsport by making the turbo engine a winner on the track, and the Clio’s arrival marked the beginning of a whole new era, with the marque’s little hot hatch being powered by a naturally aspirated 16-valve engine. Renault presented the track version of the Clio 16s (…) – News
This week saw the track debut for the upgraded Renault Energy F1-2015 Power Unit that will power two teams in the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso gave the Energy F1 its first testing run at the official pre-season winter test in Jerez, southern Spain Objectives largely met, with more than 2,400km run over four days Renault Sport F1′s on-track preparations for the 2015 season started in earnest this week as the two Renault-powered (…) – Press Releases
Renault enters the 2015 season with two objectives: to deliver competitive power units that run reliably and improves on its 2014 performance. After a tough season last year, the French manufacturer has taken a back to basics approach to achieving these aims, with a structural reorganization of its Viry-Châtillon headquarters the cornerstone. ‘F1 constantly moves forward at a very fast rate
The Artist Angela Palmer was given unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of Formula 1 engineering to realise an extraordinary collection of sculptures for her solo show ‘Adrenalin’. – News
Estonian driver Kevin Korjus, the 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion, celebrates his 22nd birthday today. After making his debut in a Formula Renault 2.0 in Finland, Kevin Korjus broke on to the international scene in the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup before earning his first World Series by Renault drive in 2010. Driving for the Koiranen Bros team, the Estonian was the first man to win a race in the new Formula Renault 2.0 car launched in 2010, and went on that season to (…) – News
From the tenth season of the World Series by Renault to the record Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R to the launch of the Clio R3T and the advent of the Formula E with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, Renault Sport had a 2014 year rich in success. And now an overview with Renault Sport Technologies President, Patrice Ratti
Just as it does at the end of every year, the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) brought together the sport’s leading lights to salute the champions of 2014 at its Motorsport Trophy gala in Paris. The FFSA’s Steering Committee and its chairman Nicolas Deschaux were there to hand out awards to the men and women who have been flying the flag for French motorsport on the international scene this year. Attended by a 1,000 people and held at Les Folies Bergère, the event saw 2014 Formula (…) – News
Quatrième de la Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS, George Russell est devenu le plus jeune pilote à recevoir, à 16 ans, le McLaren Autosport BRDC, l’une des récompenses les plus prestigieuses décernées aux talents britanniques en devenir. Winner of the last Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race, Russell defeats Alexander Albon, Ben Barnicoat and Seb Morris who drove Formula Renault 2.0 single-seater this year.
“Highlighting one single element as the source of our improvement would be impossible,” Abiteboul explains. “Instead, it’s the development of multiple parts that has resulted in a much-improved PU to the one that began pre-season testing last January. “Components have been modified to make them more robust; chassis teams have learnt a great deal about integration and cooling; engine and energy management control advances have enhanced driveability and efficiency; and the ‘knocking’ sensation (…) – News
Since the opening race in Melbourne significant gains have been made in energy recovery and Power Unit efficiency, allowing drivers maximum power output for longer periods. In fact Renault Sport F1 teams were approximately 5% more efficient in Abu Dhabi than they were at the start of the season, a significant improvement in a sport more used to the concept of marginal gains. This equates to a time gain of some half a second
Associated for nearly 30 years, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) and Renault announces the renewing of their global strategic partnership. The solid relationship with Renault Sport benefits directly, allowing the Formula Renault 3.5 Series race to continue as the curtain raiser for the F1 Grand Prix for three years.
The conclusion of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship marks the end of a challenging but ultimately productive year for Renault Sport F1. Sweeping changes to engine regulations ahead of the season – with the V8 units replaced by advanced turbocharged V6s featuring radical new energy harvesting technologies – presented the team at Viry-Châtillon with a fresh and unique set of challenges. “We’ve had a baptism of fire this year,” commented Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril (…) – News
After winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship last month, Carlos Sainz will join the motor racing elite in 2015. Convinced by his dominance in the premier category of the World Series by Renault, in which he became the youngest champion to date and his performance in testing with Red Bull, Scuderia Toro Rosso has signed the 20-year old Spaniard.
The final World Series by Renault meeting of the 2014 season at the Circuit de Jerez was no place to be if you were driving a Megane R.S. 275 Trophy, not with Formula 1 racer Sebastien Buemi in the vicinity. Fasten your seatbelts and watch what happened when one unsuspecting driver parked his R.S.