While the 2016 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season is in full swing, Renault Sport Racing has been working in close collaboration with the teams currently competing in the championship to draw up measures that will be introduced in 2017.
Reinforcement of the links with the Renault Sport Formula One Team
Next year will mark a new step. Two drivers from the field including the winner of the series will integrate the Renault Sport Academy. Both will have access to the resources provided by the Renault Sport Formula One Team to prepare for their future career. They will also receive financial backing for their 2018 programme.
The rapprochement with the Renault Sport Formula One Team means that early entrants for the 2017 season can take advantage of a session on the Enstone simulator.
Specific operations like the F1 Paddock Days, discovery days in the context of a Grand Prix, and the immersion course at Enstone, will be continued.
A fuller calendar
The next Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season’s calendar should comprise 10 events including the Monaco round as a curtain-raiser to the F1 Grand Prix.
The future hopefuls can count themselves lucky as they will do battle on the most prestigious European circuits, which usually host Formula 1. Depending on the events two or three races will take place at each meeting.
Technical and sporting stability
On the technical side, Renault Sport Racing has opted for stability to ensure that costs remain more than competitive in a market that’s more cut throat than ever. While the calendar has been beefed up, sporting continuity will be ensured as the current system will be used at the weekends because it provides a large amount of on-track running (two 50-minute collective tests sessions, two 30-minute qualifying sessions and 25-minute plus a lap races).