One thing is for sure: Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) was the man on form in Monza. With one pole position and two victories, giving him a haul of 31 points out of the 31 on offer, the Dutchman totally shut down the competition. At Spa-Francorchamps, he'll be looking to do the same again. But the 25 other drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series won't be out to make it easy for him. They are all ready and willing to hit back in style!
Just one week on from the opening round in Monza, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series field will be in action again at another legendary track, namely Spa-Francorchamps. The first two races of the season were spectacular, action-packed affairs, but one man above all stood out from the crowd and his name is Giedo Van der Garde.
At Monza, Van der Garde celebrated his 23rd birthday by putting in a faultless performance, clocking up all 31 points available over the course of the weekend. This means he'll go to Spa-Francorchamps in a new guise, that of the man to beat. A source of additional pressure perhaps? "My performance over the weekend at Monza means I can feel more relaxed" explains the Championship leader. "I secured my first pole position and followed up with my first two wins! So it's good to have that under my belt. I enjoy the Spa-Francorchamps circuit so I'll be hoping to keep my momentum."
At Spa-Francorchamps, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series will once again be running as part of the World Series by Renault, an event aimed at a wider audience, which never fails to pull in the crowds. The race format will return to the usual setup for 2008. For the first time, a SuperPole system will be used and a mandatory pit-stop, with two tyre changes, will be enforced in the second race. Will that make it possible to even out the odds?
Whatever the case, there are plenty of willing candidates eager to put an end to Giedo Van der Garde's current run, not least Bertrand Baguette (International Drago Racing). Racing close to home, the driver backed by the Royal Automobile Club de Belgique will be looking to bounce back from a difficult weekend in Monza.
"I was up with the pace, my car was performing well, but we simply did not have any success. We suffered a technical problem when I was out in the lead in race one and then there was that misunderstanding with Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature) in race two, the end result being a DNF for me in both races. So for me the answer is quite simple: I have to win at Spa".
Another driver who looks certain to be in the hunt for victory is Julien Jousse (Tech 1 Racing), who currently lies second in the Championship standings. The Spaniard Alvaro Barba (Prema Powerteam) has to be another potential candidate for victory, and the same can be said of three other drivers all currently on the same number of points, namely Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing), Pasquale DiSabatino (Red Devil Team Comtec) and Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport).
For others, this second meeting of the season will be seen as more of a revenge match. Off the pace at the first weekend of the season, drivers such as Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec), Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature), Guillaume Moreau (KTR) and Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com Racing) will be keen to rack up as many points as possible. All these men, who have shown that they are quick at Monza, need just that little bit success to transform that turn of pace into victory.
For the weekend's two races, the main aim of nearly every driver in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series field will to buck the current trend. Except perhaps for one.
Num Team Driver Nat
1 TECH 1 RACING Julien JOUSSE FRA
2 TECH 1 RACING Charles PIC FRA
3 INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING Bertrand BAGUETTE BEL
World Series by Renault 2008 / Formula Renault 3.5 / Monza
Le premier meeting des World Series by Renault 2008, Bertrand Baguette et l'ensemble de la formation Draco l'attendaient avec impatience, histoire de confirmer les excellents chronos enregistrés durant l'intersaison. Mais à Monza, comme l weiter >>
Beim ersten Saisonlauf der World Series Formel Renault 3.5 sorgte der Interwetten.com Racing Team Pilot Pablo Sanchez Lopez mit seinem vierten Platz im italienischen Monza für eine große Überraschung. Damit fuhr er auch gleichzeitig das beste Rookie-Ergebnis im Feld ein.
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With one pole position and two victories, Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) totally shut out the competition here at Monza. After leading race two from start to finish, he took the victory ahead of the Spaniard Alvaro Barba (Prema Powerteam). Charles Pic (Tech1 Racing) also made an impression by coming home third in only his second race in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Monza - Qualifying
Giedo van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) is really living up to expectations at this, the first meeting of the season. Having performed consistently since the very start of the meeting, today he celebrated his 23rd birthday in style by winning pole position for the opening race. With the best time in group A, Robert Wickens (Carlin Motorsport) will al weiter >>
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
1 6 . Carlin Motorsport WICKENS Robert CAN 1:37.004 8 1:37.004 214.989
2 10 . Prema Powerteam BARBA A. Alvaro ESP 1:37.364 9 1:37.364 0:00.360 214.194
3 26 . Red Devil Team Comtec DISABATINO Pasquale ITA 1:37.461 10 1:37.461 0:00.457 213.981
4 22 . P1 Motorsport MANN Pippa GBR 1:37.680 10 1:37.680 0:00.676 213.501 weiter >>
World Series by Renault 3.5Free Practice
1 1 . Tech 1 Racing JOUSSE Julien FRA 1:35.826 12 1:35.826 217.632
2 21 . P1 Motorsport VAN DER GARDE Giedo NED 1:35.975 16 1:35.975 0:00.149 217.294
3 6 . Carlin Motorsport WICKENS Robert CAN 1:36.308 11 1:36.308 0:00.482 216.543
4 9 . Prema Powerteam MOLINA Miguel ESP 1:36.651 18 1:36.651 0:00.825 2 weiter >>
The Friday schedule began with a 45-minute collective testing session in the morning as a prelude to the qualifying session in the late afternoon. So the drivers' thoughts were firmly focused on qualifying as the twenty-six Formula Renault 3.5 cars took to the track. The track was crowded from the word go, with all the competitors getting down to action straight away.
The weiter >>
C’est dans le cadre de la manche d’ouverture du championnat de Formula Renault 3.5 que Bertrand Baguette inaugure, ce week-end à Monza, les couleurs du RACB National Team.
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Der Auftakt zur neuen Rennsaison nähert sich mit großen Schritten und schon am kommenden Wochenende (26. und 27. April) steht für das österreichische Interwetten.com Racing Team der erste Lauf der World Series by Renault im italienischen Monza auf dem Programm.
28 Piloten wer weiter >>
Monza - Preview
As the start of the race season approaches, 26 drivers enrolled to compete in this year's Formula Renault 3.5 Series will all be aiming to turn heads, get in the points and off to a flying start... As it's the maiden outing for the new Formula Renault 3.5 in true race mode, the first round will have an extra-special feel. And on the ultra fast Monza weiter >>
Avec des démonstrations F1, huit courses et plein d’animations pour petits et grands
Les 3 et 4 mai prochains, Renault transformera le circuit de Francorchamps en véritable parc d’attractions pour petits et grands à l’occasion du passage unique et exceptionnel des World Series by Renault.
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Collective testing – Barcelona – Day 3
As the final dress rehearsal before the season gets underway for real, there was plenty of valuable information to be gleaned from these collective testing sessions in Barcelona. Robert Wickens (Carlin Motorsport) set the fastest time overall for the three days of testing, which should give him source of motivation for the fir weiter >>
Collective testing – Barcelona – Day 2
Day two of collective testing got off to a gentle start on a wet track. Everyone waited until the afternoon session to put on new tyres and go after good lap times. Brazilian Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature) ended the day ahead of Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport), who has been among the pacesetters since the start of thes weiter >>
Collective testing - Barcelona - Day 1
For the second time this season, Formula Renault 3.5 teams met up today to move forward with the job of getting the best out of their new package. Italian Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Comtec) was to snatch the best time just before the end of the session, ahead of Marco Barba (Draco Racing) and Robert Wickens (Carlin Motorsport). weiter >>
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Im Vergleich zu Red Bull Racing ist der Rennstall in Österreich noch eher unbekannt. Dabei ist die Organisation des Interwetten-Racing-Teams fest in österreichischer Hand. Sponsor Interwetten ist deshalb bestrebt den Bekanntheitsgr weiter >>
Collective testing – Valencia – Day 2
Valencia-born Borja García (RC Motorsport) made a successful return to Formula Renault 3.5, as he set the fastest time in the first collective test sessions of the season. A decisive two days of testing and a new race car with which drivers and teams alike seem fully satisfied, although a few details still need to be iro weiter >>
Collective testing – Valencia – Day 1
The thirteen teams taking part in this year's Formula Renault 3.5 were very much looking forward to these first collective tests in Valencia, in order to make an initial assessment of the new Formula Renault 3.5 race weiter >>
In a few days' time, the thirteen Formula Renault 3.5 teams will each receive their first car for the 2008 season. Meanwhile, the driver line-up is taking shape, with sixteen of the twenty-six drivers already confirmed.
List of teams confirmed
The World Series by Renault Organizing Committee has now confirmed that all of the thirteen teams pre-selected last Octob weiter >>
Seven World Series by Renault meetings scheduled for 2008
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The overall standings of the 2007 World Series Formula Renault 3.5 had been subject to an appeal lodged with the FPAK by Miguel Molina (Pons Racing) after the Estoril meeting.
The tribunal has now decided to reject Miguel Molina's appeal and has in fact handed him a penalty (he will be moved back ten places on the start grid weiter >>
Collective testing - Valencia - Day 3
After three years of loyal and valued service, the Formula Renault 3.5s finally bowed out in style here in Valencia. Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing) made his own mark on history by setting the fastest time on this third day of collective testing. We can now start to turn our attention to the 2008 season!
Notable changes to weiter >>
Collective testing - Valencia - Day 2
After Giedo van der Garde (Cram Compétition) yesterday, today it was Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Comtec) who came out on top at the Valencia circuit. The Italian set the fastest time of the day in the morning session. Van der Garde and Moreau (KTR) dominated proceedings in the afternoon.
This second day of testing saw a weiter >>
Collective testing - Valencia - Day 1
The World Series teams are in Valencia for three days of testing with their Formula Renault 3.5 cars. In his first outing with Cram Compétition, Giedo van der Garde clocked the fastest time of the first day.
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World Series by Renault 2008 / Formula Renault 3.5
Following on from an excellent campaign in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Bertrand Baguette moved up a notch in 2006, joining the Formula Renault 3.5, with the firm intention of learning the ropes in the first season, and winn weiter >>
World Series Formula Renault 3.5
14th and 15th rounds, Estoril, October 20th and 21st 2007
16th and 17th rounds, Barcelona, October 27th and 28th 2007
After making it to the podium at Donington and winning at Magny-Cours, Guillaume Moreau proved to be fast again at the wheel of his KTR-entered Formula Renault 3.5 in the Iberic peninsula weiter >>
Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5 - Paul Ricard HTTT collective testing – Day 3
Drawing on all the experience they have accumulated over their three days of testing here at the Paul Ricard HTTT, the challengers came to the fore today. Daniil Move (Tech 1 Racing) took the best time of the morning session, while Michael Herck (Prema Powerteam) was the quickest driver o weiter >>
POS CAR / DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME
1 MARCO BONANOMI GD Racing 48 01:15.649
2 JULIEN JOUSSE Tech 1 34 01:15.774
3 CHARLES PIC Tech 1 28 01:15.915
4 ALEIX ALCARAZ PONS 55 01:16.007
5 MARCO BARBA Draco Racing Team 23 01:16.069
6 DANI CLOS Epsilon Euskadi 35 01:16.135
7 PIPPA MANN Cram 44 01:16.147
8 E weiter >>
Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5 : Paul Ricard HTTT collective testing – Day 2
The Formula Renault 3.5s were back out on track today for the second of three days of collective testing scheduled at the Paul Ricard HTTT. Bertrand Baguette (Draco Racing) set the fastest time in the morning, before Marc Bonanomi (GD Racing) made his presence felt in the afternoon. Charl weiter >>
Worldseries Formula Renault 06/11/07 - Paul Ricard HTTT collective testing – Day 1
The first of three days off-season testing was held here at the Paul Ricard HTTT in the sunshine of Provence. While some drivers have switched teams to check whether they can work together, some are already getting their preparations underway for the 2008 season. Having just taken th weiter >>
World Series Formula Renault 3.5 16ème et 17ème manches à Barcelone (Espagne), 27 & 28 octobre 2007
Julien, c’est déjà demain !
Malgré un dernier meeting difficile à Barcelone, Julien Jousse pouvait se montrer satisfait à l’heure de fa weiter >>
Salvador Duran erkämpfte sich im ersten Rennen zum Saisonfinale der World Series by Renault auf dem Circuit de Catalunya den zweiten Podestplatz. Nach seinem Sieg in Monza beim Auftakt sowie den zwei dritten Plätzen in Monaco und Spa holte der Mexikaner für das Interwetten.com Team s weiter >>
World Series Formula Renault 3.5
1. Alvaro Parente (POR) 129 pts
2. Ben Hanley (GBR) 102 pts
3. Milos Pavlovic (SRB) 96 pts
Best Rookie: Filipe Albuquerque (POR)
1. Tech 1 Racing (FRA) 191 pts
2. International Draco Racing (ITA) 160 pts
3. Carlin Motorsport (GB weiter >>
World Series by Renault 2007 / Formula Renault 3.5 / 9. Barcelone (E)
C'est sous le soleil catalan que les World Series by Renault ont achevé leur périple 2007 devant un public comme de coutume très nombreux. Dans cette ambiance festive à souhait, Bertrand Baguette avait à cœur weiter >>
On the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the ultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 took place this weekend. Frédéric Vervisch again defend the colours of the Italian team GD Racing.
After only two short practice sessions of each 45 minutes, the drivers had to tackle qual weiter >>
28/10/07 - Barcelona – Race 2 Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5
Though Bertrand Baguette (KTR) may have been quicker off the grid, nothing or no-one was going to get in the way of Ben Hanley (Prema Powerteam) here today. The RDD driver took his second win of the season to make sure of the runner-up spot in World Series Formula Renault 3.5. The other driver to make it weiter >>
Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5 Race 2 Results BARCELONA
Pos Number Driver Team Laps Time GapFirst KPH
1 18 Ben HANLEY PREMA POWERTEAM 26 41:40.176 - 176.1
2 15 Bertrand BAGUETTE KTR 26 41:50.471 +10.295 175.0
3 6 Alejandro NUÑEZ RED DEVIL TEAM COMTEC 26 41:55.390 +15.214 175.1
4 3 Milos PAVLOVIC INTERNATIONAL DRACO weiter >>
27/10/07 - Barcelona – Race 1
By just making it onto the podium in the penultimate race of the season, Alvaro Parente (Tech 1 Racing) has earned himself the 2007 World Series Formula Renault 3.5 Championship title. The race win went to Miguel Molina (Pons Racing) ahead of Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com). The Catalonian may however still be stripped of victory due weiter >>
Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5 Barcelona
1 23 Miguel MOLINA PONS RACING 26 42:09.242 - 176.6
2 1 Salvador DURAN INTERWETTEN.COM 26 42:10.386 +1.144 176.4
3 32 Alvaro PARENTE TECH 1 RACING 26 42:18.275 +9.033 176.4
4 3 Milos PAVLOVIC INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 26 42:20.676 +11.434 176.1
5 7 Mikhail ALESHIN CARLIN MOTORSPOR weiter >>
Mit einer überragenden Vorstellung startete Salvador Duran und das Interwetten.com Racing Team in das Saisonfinale der World Series by Renault auf dem Circuit de Catalunya. Auf der 4.727 Meter langen Strecke nahe der spanischen Millionenmetropole Barcelona holte sich der Mexikaner am frühen Samstagmorgen überlegen die Pole-Position. Mit fast einer Sekunde Vorsprung verwies er die weiter >>
27/10/07 - Barcelona – Qualifying Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5
Looking particularly comfortable on a wet track this morning, Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com) has taken his first pole position in World Series Formula Renault 3.5. With the fastest time in the other group, Alvaro Parente (Tech 1 Racing) will line up for the start of race one alongside the Mexican. weiter >>
Worldseries Formual Renault 3.5
POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS
1 1 Salvador DURAN INTERWETTEN.COM 10 1:53.494 - 147.7 10
2 23 Miguel MOLINA PONS RACING 11 1:54.422 +0.928 146.5 11
3 7 Mikhail ALESHIN CARLIN MOTORSPORT 11 1:54.534 +1.040 146.3 11
4 11 Giedo VAN DER GARDE VICTORY ENGINEERING 10 1:5 weiter >>
26/10/07 - Barcelona – Collective testing - Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5
After taking his first victory last week in Estoril, Miguel Molina (Pons Racing) has gone on to set the fastest time in collective testing at the Barcelona circuit. Tech 1 Racing put in a superb team performance with Julien Jousse and Alvaro Parente in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
26/10/07 - Barcelona – Collective testing - Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5
POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS
1 32 Alvaro PARENTE TECH 1 RACING 17 1:35.972 - 174.6 17
2 18 Ben HANLEY PREMA POWERTEAM 18 1:36.511 +0.539 173.6 18
3 11 Giedo VAN DER GARDE VICTORY ENGINEERING 16 1:36.902 +0.930 172 weiter >>