The Renault Sport Academy will utilise Renault Sport Racing’s various platforms and global motorsport structures in its quest to nurture new talent, involving the local Renault markets in seeking new drivers from their regions.
Four drivers are announced at the Academy’s foundation ; reigning Formula Renault 3.5 series champion Oliver Rowland and from the ranks of the 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, there is winner Jack Aitken, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC winner Louis Delétraz and second-placed Kevin Joerg.
The drivers will be supported by Renault Sport Racing in their 2016 racing campaigns with Rowland contesting GP2, Deletraz racing in the newly named Formula V8 3.5 Series and Aitken and Joerg racing in GP3. Each driver will have tailored targets to meet for their motorsport progression.
The Renault Sport Academy is designed to nurture a driver within the Renault Sport Racing environment. An immersion programme in Paris will educate the Academy members in Renault Sport Racing’s core values and heritage. A thorough fitness schedule will include evaluations at Renault Sport Formula One Team’s base at Enstone throughout the year in addition to pre-season and mid-season fitness camps. There will also be an internship at Enstone to understand how the Renault Sport Formula One Team operates. The programme will be managed by Mia Sharizman Ismail who has extensive motorsport experience including Formula 1, GP2, GP3 and numerous other categories.
Renault has an impressive record of finding the F1 stars of the future, with the likes of Robert Kubica, Lucas di Grassi, Pastor Maldonado, Heikki Kovalainen, Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Romain Grosjean being nurtured through previous Renault driver development programmes.
”Renault has a terrific heritage in motorsport and this is something we are committed to continuing in the future. The Renault Sport Academy enables us to not only develop new talent but also ally this to our local markets. This makes the process directly relevant in each country where Renault Sport is present and also gives us a larger catchment area to identify the drivers who will fly our flag at the highest echelons of motorsport in the future.“
Guillaume Boisseau - Brands Director, Groupe Renault