Prior to collective testing, Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing) had never driven on the famous Monaco circuit. On today's evidence, however, the young Tech 1 Racing driver is learning fast. Pic handled the pressure admirably as, on a wet and perilous surface, he picked up his first pole position in Formula Renault 3.5 Series. He will be joined on the front row of the grid by Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport).
In a bid to ensure safe and fluid driving, the competitors were split into two groups based on their positions in the overall standings. Group A, which included championship leader Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport), were the first to go, on a track still damp from a sudden downpour just a few minutes before the scheduled start.
With the track still damp, the drivers were walking on eggshells early on. Julien Jousse (Tech 1 Racing) set the initial pace. The Tech 1 man dominated the first part of the session, with Giedo Van der Garde and Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) battling it out for second place.
Pablo Sanchez clipped a block in the tunnel and got quite a fright when his rear spoiler came loose. Fortunately, the Mexican driver was able to bring his car under control without ending up in the barriers.
Julien Jousse improved his time at each attempt, claiming the lead with a lap timed at 1'44''903. Then, as the track gradually dried out, Giedo Van der Garde cranked things up a notch in his customary fashion, going top with a time of 1'44''490.
All the drivers were now ready to up the pace. Unfortunately, Daniil Moove (KTR) crashed off at Bureau de Tabac, damaging his car and precipitating a red flag that brought the session to a premature close. Giedo Van der Garde therefore claimed the best time, ahead of Julien Jousse, Bertrand Baguette and James Walker (Fortec Motorsport).
With the track drying by the second, the drivers in group 2 immediately produced times comparable to their group 1 counterparts. Charles Pic was the first to go quicker than Giedo Van der Garde, with a lap timed at 1'44''213. At that stage he was trailed by Miguel Molina (Prema Powerteam), Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport), Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature) and Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com Racing Team) in that order. The standings would frequently change, however, with all of these drivers at some stage occupying provisional pole position.
Miguel Molina was the first competitor to opt for a set of slicks. At that point, Charles Pic was leading from Guillaume Moreau (KTR) and Fabio Carbone. Almost all the driver then followed Molina in changing their tyres. It was all set to go down to the last lap.
As might have been expected, Miguel Molina was the first to unseat Pic from first position. Mikhail Aleshin then momentarily held the fastest time, before everything changed on the final lap as Charles Pic reclaimed pole position in the dying seconds. He was followed by Fairuz Fauzy (Fortec Motorsport), making a successful return to the category, with Aleshin in third and Guillaume Moreau fourth.
Charles Pic: The last lap on slick tyres wasn't easy. I had to go for broke and I couldn't afford to mess up! The Tech 1 Racing team have prepared the perfect car for me. I feel at ease on this circuit, it suits my style of driving. It adds a bit of pressure to perform in the race, though.
Giedo Van der Garde: As far as the championship goes, I'm happy to see Charles Pic in pole position! It was really difficult in the rain this morning. The white strips were really slippery. I managed to improve my time bit by bit. We'll see what happens tomorrow, but any rain will be to my advantage, as the car handled perfectly in wet conditions this morning.
1 2 TECH 1 RACING FRA PIC Charles FRA 1:34.641 14 127,04
2 24 FORTEC MOTORSPORT GBR FAUZY Fairuz MAS 1:35.954 +1.313 14 125,31
3 5 CARLIN MOTORSPORT GBR ALESHIN Mikhail RUS 1:36.117 +1.476 14 125,09
4 17 KTR BEL MOREAU Guillaume FRA 1:37.169 +2.528 13 123,74
5 9 PREMA POWERTEAM ITA MOLINA Miguel ESP 1:38.475 +3.834 12 122 weiter >>
1 19 INTERWETTEN COM RACING AUT DURAN Salvador MEX 1:28.362 23 136,07
2 21 P1 MOTORSPORT GBR VAN DER GARDE Giedo NED 1:28.644 +0.282 21 135,64
3 25 RED DEVIL TEAM COMTEC GBR BONANOMI Marco ITA 1:28.743 +0.381 20 135,49
4 17 KTR BEL MOREAU Guillaume FRA 1:28.754 +0.392 23 135,47
5 6 CARLIN MOTORSPORT GBR WICKENS Robert CAN 1:28.970 +0.608 20 135 weiter >>
Monaco – Collective testing
Still comfortable on the streets of Monaco after last year, Salvador Duran (interwetten.com Racing) was quick to find his line in the principality as he set the fastest time in Collective testing ahead of Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) and Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec).
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Worldseries Formula Renault 3.5 Monaco – Presentation
Exceptional racing, a unique atmosphere, and a track without equal, Monaco retains its taste for the extraordinary. In this curtain-raiser for the F1 Grand Prix, each of the 26 Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers dreams of making a name for himself on the streets of the Principality, where only the greats are vic weiter >>
Alexandre Marsoin, pilote Epsilon Euskadi
Formula Renault 3.5 Series, 3ème et 4ème manches
World Series by Renault à Spa-Francorchamps, 3 & 4 mai 2008
Il n’aura pas fallu longtemps à Alexandre Marsoin pour s’affirmer dans le peloton de la Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Après une entrée en matière encourageante à Monza, il a passé la vitesse weiter >>
Charles Pic, Tech 1 Racing driver, FFSA French Circuit Team member
Formula Renault 3.5 Series, 3rd and 4th rounds, Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) May 3-4 2008
No sooner had they returned from Monza than the Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers headed off to Francorchamps for the second round. A good crowd enjoyed a sunny weekend for this 'World Series by weiter >>
Mit Platz zwei und vier im belgischen Spa Francorchamps zeigt Salvador Duran, das er durchaus zu den Titelkandidaten gehört. Der Mexikaner in Interwetten-Diensten bestätigte in beiden Wochenendrennen, das er mit dem Interwetten.com Racing Team ganz vorne dabei ist.
„Mit dem Wochenen weiter >>
... à Francorchamps sous les couleurs du RACB National Team !
World Series by Renault 2008 / Formula Renault 3.5 / Francorchamps
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Spa-Francorchamps – Race 2
Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) was back on form, claiming his third victory in four races. Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec) gained valuable points, finishing second ahead of Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport). In front of a crowd of 75 000, the new season of World Series by Renault got off to a good start!
The startin weiter >>
03/05/08 - Spa-Francorchamps – Race 1
As winner, Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) has paid back the large numbers of home fans who have come to Spa-Francorchamps in the best possible way. The Belgian avoided the many pitfalls of the circuit to finish ahead of Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com Racing Team) and Guillaume Moreau (KTR).
Fine weathe weiter >>
03/05/08 - Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying
Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec) hit top form during the SuperPole, when he beat Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) on the line. Bonanomi claimed his first pole position in Formula Renault 3.5 Series and chalks up the four points that go with it.
The first SuperPole of the season is weiter >>
Spa-Francorchamps – Collective testing
Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) once again finished at the top of Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings. With the best performance in both sessions, the Dutchman is clearly man in form at the start of this season. Charles Pic (Tech1 Racing), who recorded the second fastest time of the day, is obviously learning quickly abou weiter >>
Spa-Francorchamps – Collective testing
Barely a week after the season's first meeting at Monza, the thirteen Formula Renault 3.5 Series teams returned to action at Spa-Francorchamps. Six hours of collective testing were enough for Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) to show what he is capable of once again.
This was the first appearance of the new Formula weiter >>
Formula Renault 3.5 Series, 1st and 2nd rounds, Monza (Italy) April 26-27 2008
The first round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series formed part of the Le Mans Series package, on the magnificent, sun-drenched Monza circuit, in Italy. Charles Pic made a noteworthy start by reachi weiter >>
Spa-Francorchamps - Presentation
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 weiter >>
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.
"Ich habe nicht erwartet in m weiter >>
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.
La semaine dernière, le Royal Automobile Club of Belgium a donné le coup d’ weiter >>
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.
Après le très franc succès populaire (plus de 80.000 spectateu weiter >>
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 >>
Noch besser. Noch schneller.
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
Seven meetings have been scheduled for the fourth season of World Series by Renault, with the seven countries on the itinerary the same as those visited in 2007. With two additional meetings, the Formula R weiter >>
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.
The Draco Racing team had already travelled to the Valencia region last Saturday, when its two single-seaters pu weiter >>
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 >>