After the first two meetings at Circuit Paul Ricard and Monza, the Formula Renault Eurocup continues its tour of legendary circuits with stops at Silverstone and Monaco. The field heads to Great Britain this weekend (May 18-20) to battle on one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.
The venue for the first Grand Prix in the history of the F1 World Championship in 1950 as well as the location for the first appearance of a Renault in the sport’s top flight category in 1977, Silverstone offers a string of high-speed corners demanding total commitment from the drivers. Ten years after the memorable duel between Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas, who will come up big this year?
Who will stand out?
With four different winners in the first four races, the Formula Renault Eurocup season is shaping up to be a wide-open affair!
Victorious at Monza, Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) will arrive in Great Britain atop the general classification. While he will be racing at Silverstone for the first time, the Renault Sport Academy rookie’s ability to adapt has been mightily impressive and he will look to confirm his status this weekend.
Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) and Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) will try to move to the top of the order on a circuit they all know very well. The Chinese and British drivers scored points last year in Northamptonshire, while the American won on the National Circuit in F4.
They will be aiming high
The outsiders will try to be back in the hunt before going on to Monaco. The only driver in the top five still in search of his maiden win, Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) will be a serious contender. The Italian will have to learn everything there is to know about Silverstone, while his team mate Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport) has scored points in every race so far this year.
Following his first podium result of the season at Monza, Max Defourny (MP Motorsport) will try to get back into contention at a track where he won the pole last year. Meanwhile, his team mate Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport) will be keen to rely on his experience to close the gap to the leaders. The Australian will come in full of confidence after his two wins this past weekend at Pau in the season opener of the Formula Renault NEC.
For their part, Renault Sport Academy member Victor Martins (R-ace GP), SMP Racing protégé Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing) and Charles Milesi (R-ace GP) will try to continue their solid starts to the season in their first race meeting at Silverstone. Against them there will be Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport) who will have a small advantage after his performance on the National Circuit last year in F4.
Discreet at the first two rounds, Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing), Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Alexander Vartanyan (Arden Motorsport) and Najiy Razak (JD Motorsport) will try to get their seasons back on track at a circuit they all know well. They could face stiff competition from Thomas Neubauer (Tech 1 Racing) and Frank Bird (Tech 1 Racing); both of whom scored their points in the category at Monza.
The bit between the teeth
At Silverstone, Fortec Motorsports and AVF by Adrián Vallés will be out to score their first points of 2018. To do that, both teams can count on a Mexican driver who put in his best result of 2017 on this track : Raúl Guzmán (Fortec Motorsports) and Axel Matus (AVF by Adrián Vallés). They also will rely on their team mates Eliseo Martinez (AVF by Adrián Vallés) and Christian Hahn (Fortec Motorsports) as both gained Silverstone experience last year in Euroformula Open.
On home soil, Briton Clément Novalak (Josef Kaufmann Racing) will hope to score his first top ten. Nevertheless, Arthur Rougier (Fortec Motorsports), Sami Taoufik (Arden Motorsport), Christian Muñoz (AVF by Adrián Vallés), Xavier Lloveras (AVF by Adrián Vallés) and Vladimir Tziortzis (Fortec Motorsports) will have the same goal, which should offer exciting battles up and down the field!
2 Only two drivers have scored points in every race so far this year: Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) and Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport).
4 Since the Formula Renault Eurocup has been a spec-series, there have been four different winners in the first four races only once before. That was in 2014.
46 By finishing third at Monza, Lorenzo Colombo broke JD Motorsport’s streak of 46 starts without a podium result.
68 Rookie Christian Lundgaard leads the general classification with 68 points in the first four races. Lando Norris did the same in 2016.
2010 September 18, 2010, Carlos Sainz made his debut in the Formula Renault Eurocup at Silverstone. The future Renault Sport Formula One Team driver finished third and clocked the fastest lap in the race.
Friday May 18, 2018
10:00–10:50 Collective tests 1
14:05–14:55 Collective tests 2
Saturday May 19, 2018
9:00–9:35 Qualifying 1 (2x15mins)
13:35–14:10 Race 1
Sunday May 20, 2018
9:00–9:35 Qualifying 2 (2x15mins)
13:30–14:05 Race 2