Key practice points: Sunny and clear skies for FP1 and FP2 at Circuit of The Americas ahead of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo bounces back to finish fourth in the second session, while a delay hinders Sebastian Vettel’s progress after finishing seventh in FP1 Another impressive showing from Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, who sets the fourth and seventh fastest times. 2015 signing Max Verstappen ends his second FP1 outing 10th, with (…) – Press Releases
Renault Sport Technologies and Michelin share the same vision that motorsport permits innovative technologies to be fostered in a competitive environment with a view to achieving closer ties with the technologies that are available to the motoring public. Accordingly, the two partners are currently exploring the feasibility of switching to 18- and 17-inch tyres for the Formula Renault 3.5 Formula Renault 2.0 championships respectively from 2016. An initial test session based on Formula (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations The Circuit of the Americas has already established itself as a classic track, featuring exciting corners, high speed sections and tight, technical hairpins. It’s actually a very challenging circuit and will give every component of the Power Unit a good workout. The PU will operate in the mid to high range throughout sectors one and two, but the final sector will focus on energy recovery and stability under braking
How would you react if you thought you were getting a Renault Sport rental car and you was handed an F1 steering wheel? – News
Not only is Carlos Sainz (DAMS) the first Red Bull Junior Team driver to win the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, he is also the youngest champion in the history of the category. With the single-season win record of seven, the son of the double World Rally Champion now looks forward to knowing his future in motor racing’s elite discipline, Formula 1. In spite of the impression his father left in the rally world, Carlos Sainz quickly made his way to circuit racing.
With the tenth season of the World Series by Renault having just come to a close, we take a closer look at the role of Pierre Delettre, a championship mainstay in his capacity as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Clio race director. The much-travelled Delettre has worked in a wide range of motorsport events in what has been an eventful career, the last 11 years of which he has dedicated to Renault Sport. He was handed an exciting new assignment back in September, when he travelled (…) – News
28 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers were on hand this Monday at the Circuito de Jerez for the final official collective test day of the year. In a field composed of drivers with experience in the category and hopefuls invited by Renault Sport Technologies, Jake Hughes (ART Junior Team) set the best time of the day with a lap of 1:41.044 this morning.
58,000 spectators made their way to the Circuito de Jerez to take in the final round of the World Series by Renault. In obtaining their titles in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Clio, Spaniards Carlos Sainz and Oscar Nogues joined Dutchman Nyck de Vries in the record books of a 2014 season rich in both emotions and spectacles.
Presented by Renault Sport ambassador Margot Laffite and staged at the Museos de la Atalaya in Jerez de la Frontera on Sunday evening, the tenth World Series by Renault awards ceremony honoured the season’s champions. Attended by more than 400 guests, the gala evening brought the curtain down on the 2014 season and the first decade of the World Series by Renault, ten years of unbroken success for the Fast, Free & Fun event, which has attracted 5.6 million spectators in total, some (…) – News
Front-runner in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS, George Russell (Tech 1 Racing) made the most of his wild-card entry to take his first pole position and maiden victory in the Eurocup. The British driver also gave Tech 1 Racing its first success of the season. 2014 champion in the category, Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) finished second ahead of Jack Aitken (Fortec Motorsports)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 – Qualifying 2: Wildcard driver George Russell (Tech 1 Racing) set a new Circuito de Jerez lap record to score his first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 pole of the season on Sunday. The British driver will head the grid from Lotus F1 Junior Team member Alexander Albon (KTR). Sharing the second row will be Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) and Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing), with Jack Aitken (Fortec Motorsports) just behind them.
“corps” : “texte”:”The Fine Art Society is delighted to announce ‘Adrenalin’, a new exhibition by renowned artist Angela Palmer. Renault Sport F1 allowed Palmer unprecedented access to its V8 engine to realise unique artworks‘Adrenalin’ Exhibition will run from 19 November to 23 December, 2014Artist 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’.
Daniil Kvyat gave the partisan home crowd something to shout about after storming to fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom. Jean-Eric Vergne made it two Scuderia Toro Rossos in the top-10, while Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo lines up sixth. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was eliminated at the end of Q2 after setting the 11th fastest time, but starts 10th due to Kevin Magnussen’s five-place penalty.
Key practice points: FP1 and FP2 sees F1 make first appearance at all-new Sochi Autodrom ahead of inaugural Russian Grand Prix Quiet day for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, with Sebastian Vettel ninth in FP2 after Daniel Ricciardo stopped on track to avoid a Power Unit issue Scuderia Toro Rosso best of the Renault-powered teams, with Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne ending both sessions inside the top-10 Roberto Merhi makes third FP1 outing of the year for Caterham F1 Team, while Lotus (…) – Press Releases
The finale of season 10 of the World Series by Renault will be contested at the Circuito de Jerez. For the very first time, Andalusia will host the Fast, Free and Fun event. There will be plenty to race for in this last meeting of the year: the titles in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Clio, as well as the team championship in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Sochi is a brand new track on the calendar this year, but the characteristics are very similar to other circuits we have visited in the past or this season. It is actually most like Singapore or the street track in Valencia we visited from 2008 to 2012 – a high-speed, street track with tight corners. From our simulations we see that the average speed will be 200kph, with approximately 56% of the lap spent at wide open throttle, well above (…) – News
Infiniti Red Bull Racing secured a podium in the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel finished in third position, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo fourth. Jean-Eric Vergne put a third Renault-powered car into the points in ninth position, however all results were overshadowed by an incident involving Jules Bianchi
Daniel Ricciardo will start the Japanese Grand Prix from sixth on the grid following a tight qualifying session in Suzuka. Sebastian Vettel will line up ninth for the race, which is predicted to take place in wet conditions tomorrow following the arrival of a typhoon. The two Scuderia Toro Rosso cars had shown good pace over the day but were eliminated in Q2
Key practice points: The opening day of practice at Suzuka took place in dry conditions, the only day of dry running expected this weekend. Typhoon Phanfone is scheduled to hit the circuit tomorrow Infiniti Red Bull Racing finishes fifth quickest in FP2 with Sebastian Vettel, but Daniel Ricciardo misses the session after making contact with the barriers. The long run pace of the cars is positive Max Verstappen makes history as the youngest-ever driver to compete in an F1 event.
On the Suzuka circuit, 62% of the lap is taken at full throttle, but the majority of this comes in the second half of the track. Top speed is expected to peak at over 330kph, dependent on the wind direction, one of the highest speeds of the second part of the year. The strong braking, frequent acceleration and high speed sections of Suzuka will take fuel consumption to the upper limit, but there are plenty of opportunities for the K and H to recover energy under braking and therefore (…) – News
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Suzuka is one of the classic circuits on the calendar; a real rollercoaster of a circuit that challenges the drivers, engineers and strategists. Every part of the car needs to be optimized to deal with the high-speed turns, long periods of open throttle and tight hairpins, and a strong harmony between chassis and engine will really pay dividends. With the risk of sounding like a cliché, the circuit really is a game of two halves.
The 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) seized the first Formula Renault 3.5 Series pole of his career in qualifying on Sunday. The Frenchman will head the grid from his Red Bull Junior Team colleague Carlos Sainz (DAMS), with Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) and Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) following them on the grid for this afternoon’s race at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Sergey Sirotkin set the early pace and was the first driver (…) – News
After learning the ropes in karting and serving an apprenticeship in F4, Pierre Gasly is quickly climbing his way up through the World Series by Renault ranks. Fresh from becoming the youngest ever Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion last year at the age of 17, the Normandy driver currently lies third in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings. The leading Frenchman in the championship, he has racked up more podium finishes than any other driver this year.
Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) had a perfect Saturday at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme won the pole before going on for a dominant victory ahead of Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing) and Lotus F1 Junior Team protégé Alexander Albon (KTR). With the best lap in the race as well, the Dutchman can clinch the title on Sunday as he now has a 63 point lead over Dennis Olsen (Prema Powerteam), who finished sixth today.
McLaren Young Driver Development Programme member Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) made it pole number five of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Saturday. In doing so, the Dutchman set a new track record in the category, and will share the front row with Lotus F1 Junior Team member Alexander Albon (KTR). Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing) was third-fastest, ahead of the French trio of Aurélien Panis (ART Junior Team), Andrea Pizzitola (Manor MP Motorsport) and (…) – News
Lotus F1 Junior Team protégé, Marlon Stockinger (Lotus) dominated both collective tests for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. On the Circuit Paul Ricard, the Philippine native clocked the best time on Friday with a lap of 1:48.523, ahead of Matias Laine (Strakka Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (ISR). During the morning session, he got the better of team mate Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) and Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports).
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship leader, Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) began his weekend at the Paul Ricard circuit in style. The member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme and native of Holland set quickest time in the collective tests. On the “Plateau du Castellet”, his best lap of 2:04.116 saw him lead the way ahead of Louts F1 Junior Team driver Alexander Albon (KTR), who dominated the morning session
Some 92,000 fans attended the World Series by Renault’s 70th meeting in Budapest two weeks ago, and Renault Sport Technologies’ Fast, Free and Fun event is set to continue its long-running adventure this weekend at the Circuit Paul Ricard. French race fans are in for a treat at this the sixth meeting of the tenth WSR season, with an outstanding programme of events and activities laid on for them. As has become the norm, the French leg of the World Series by Renault will offer plenty of (…) – News
A stunning exhibition in the Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysees has been attracting a number of looks, with just cause. The Twingo, which takes its inspiration from the original Twingo and the R5 Turbo, is on display in a bright, interactive exhibition for all to explore. So far it’s been hugely popular
For this sixth meeting of season 10 of the World Series by Renault, the Fast, Free and Fun event heads to the Paul Ricard Circuit. The Castellet weekend promises a unique spectacle with title battles in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Clio. The public will also have the chance to watch the finale of the French Renault Clio Cup, as well as take in the many attractions and demonstrations, without forgetting the display of the Renault Sport R.S
Key practice points: F1 raced under the lights of the spectacular Singapore Marina Bay circuit in FP1 and FP2 today Positive performance for the Renault-powered teams, with four cars in the top ten in FP1 and three in the second session Daniel Ricciardo (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) finishes FP2 just three tenths from the quickest time; ICE problems for Sebastian Vettel at the end of FP1 necessitates a Power Unit change between sessions Strong times for Scuderia Toro Rosso, with (…) – Press Releases
At the end of 2013 the FIA Formula One World Championship bid farewell to its normally aspirated V8s and embraced brand new Power Units that combined a hybrid V6 turbo engine with two energy recovery systems – the MGU-K that works under braking, and MGU-H which harvests energy at the exhaust. Monza’s 2014 race offered an ideal opportunity to compare and analyse the performance of modern low downforce-spec F1 cars with their previous counterparts.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Singapore stands in stark contrast to the high speed tracks we have just visited. It has 23 corners, the highest number of any track on the calendar, with several hard braking points over the lap. These factors combine to bring the average speed down to around 170kph, with just 45% of the lap spent at wide open throttle
Like the Hungarian editions since 2007, the World Series by Renault enjoyed a new and frank success at the Hungaroring. Following the traditional summer break, 92,000 spectators braved the rain to take in the fifth round of a season that has been particularly rich in action. The Fast, Free & Fun event offered by Renault Sport Technologies saw Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) and Norman Nato (DAMS) take top honours in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series where the fight for the title is as undecided (…) – Press Releases
It is David Coulthard’s turn to get behind the wheel in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show at the Hungaroring this weekend. A Red Bull ambassador following his retirement from Formula One, the Scot is passing on his extensive experience to the young drivers in the World Series by Renault. We tracked him down for a quick Q&A session
At every World Series by Renault meeting, the Renault Village gives spectators an in-depth look into the world of the French carmaker. The Village’s five exhibition areas and many games and activities give race-goers an opportunity to discover the fascinating history, values and scope of the Renault range, providing an entertaining backdrop to the action out on the track. R.S.
Following his successes at the Moscow Raceway and the Nürburgring before the summer break, Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) continued his strong form in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. With a fantastic start from seventh place on the grid, the Spaniard soon took control of the race to score his third triumph of the season. Second place, Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) overtook pole man Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) in the final corner of the race
What with his appearance in the free practice sessions at the recent Italian Formula One Grand Prix with Caterham F1 Team and his performances in the World Series by Renault this summer, Roberto Merhi has been attracting quite a bit of attention of late. Following his impressive showings at the Moscow and Nürburgring meetings, the Spanish driver went into the summer break as the leading rookie in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. All in all, it has been a successful return to single-seaters (…) – News
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo showed good performance to race to a strong fifth in today’s Italian Grand Prix. Daniel overtook four cars in less than 10 laps to secure fifth and consolidate his third position in the drivers’ championship. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in sixth having run in fourth for a long period of the race.
Key practice points: F1 back at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, the Autodromo di Monza, where over 75% of the lap is taken at full throttle Monza places an emphasis on outright speed and top end performance, with the ICE put through its toughest test so far this year The Renault Energy F1-2014 performed well. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel demonstrated a strong relative long run pace and finished with the sixth quickest time in FP1 and seventh in FP2 High mileage count for (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations After the challenges of Spa we go to Monza, another big ‘power track’. We go there in a more optimistic and confident frame of mind after taking the win in Belgium – a track where we were expected to be on the back foot. We recognize that it took a cocktail of circumstances to come through, but that should not take anything away from the fact we showed good pace and were there to take advantage of the situation.
For the last few months now, Renault has been catching drivers unawares at the wheel of their Renault cars. In this the fifth instalment, an unsuspecting Clio R.S. 200 EDC driver sees their humble garage turn into a genuine F1 garage.