Renault Sport Academy Driver Sacha Fenestraz begins his 2018 FIA European Formula 3 season this weekend on the streets of Pau, France.

It’s been a long winter of waiting for Sacha, who has enjoyed a series of tests throughout the last few months with his Carlin team.

But the wait is almost over for the French-Argentine teen who is aiming to get off the mark in the championship in positive style in the Pyrenees.

Sacha last drove his Formula 3 car in Misano in April’s final test, rounding off the week with the sixth fastest time.

And last week the 18-year-old jumped behind the wheel of a Renault-powered E20 Formula 1 car for the first time, as part of demo event in the south of France.

But now, Sacha has his sights firmly set on a bright weekend on his debut outing in the Formula 3 Championship with three races on offer.

Sacha: “Finally, it’s the first race weekend of the year after nearly six months without racing. I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be tough. I know the Pau track, but it’s the first time driving around there in a faster, Formula 3 car. The goals for the weekend will be not to touch the walls, get as many laps as I can under my belt and keep on learning the car as much as possible. I’d be happy if we were top six in qualifying. I’ll try my best as always to fly the Renault colours on top!”

Fellow Academy members, Christian Lundgaard, Victor Martins and Arthur Rougier will also be in action in Pau with one-off, wildcard entries.

Track action begins on Friday 11 May at 10:40 for back-to-back practice sessions, before the first qualifying session later on in the day at 16:05.

Race 1 starts at 11:10 on Saturday, with qualifying 2 at 16:05. Sunday brings two races, the first at 11:10 and the second at 15:25.