Victor Martins fell short of winning the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup Drivers’ Championship, but enjoyed a solid, victory-filled season in his second year as an Academy Driver. Victor won six races in 2019 and was on the podium a further eight times. The title went to the final round at Yas Marina, but Victor missed out by seven and a half points to Oscar Piastri.
In addition to his victories and podiums, Victor took an impressive seven pole positions from the final eight races, including six in a row across Barcelona, Hockenheim and Abu Dhabi.
Caio Collet joined the programme after his French F4 success in 2018 and was placed in the Eurocup with Teams’ Champions, R-ace GP. Caio has been very consistent this season and was one of only two drivers to start and finish every race. Caio set a Eurocup record for most consecutive points finishes, 19, stretching from the second race of the year through to the final race. He claimed the rookie title with 207 points to finish fifth overall in the championship. He took six podiums across the year with a third place in Monaco and a double podium in Hockenheim the two standouts.
Affiliate Driver Leonardo Lorandi started the season brightly by taking second place in the opening race of the year in Monza. But that was Leonardo’s only podium of the season as he finished thirteenth in the series.
Victor Martins: “It’s been a really positive year for me as I’ve discovered a lot of things about myself and that will help me for the future. I have been through a lot of ups and downs, but we always managed to control those emotions well. The beginning to the middle of the season was where I lost a lot of points in the championship. After the summer break, we came back a lot stronger with the mindset of winning races and not looking at the championship. We absolutely dominated the last four rounds, but it wasn’t enough to win the title. It’s obviously frustrating but I’m still really proud of what the guys at MP Motorsport and myself have achieved together. I would say a big thanks to Renault for all the support this year and also to MP Motorsport who have worked so hard even in the tough moments! Now it’s time to work even harder to prepare for 2020, which will be another challenge.”
Favourite Moment: “Winning in Monaco. To win on the streets of Monaco is an experience I will never forget. It’s one of my best moments of the year alongside Barcelona where I had a perfect weekend with two pole positions, two victories and two fastest laps!”
Caio Collet: “Overall, the season was positive. We ended up as rookie champion and also set a new record in the championship with 19 points finishes in a row. We were consistent during the season, always fighting for podiums but we weren’t able to fight for wins for many of the races, and that was quite disappointing. Apart from that, my first year in the Renault family has been really good. We’ve completed a few hard training camps and I also had the opportunity to drive an F1 car for the first time in my hometown, São Paulo. We will keep working and pushing to improve in the areas that we need to and make sure we can fight for the championship next season.”
Favourite Moment: “My favourite moment of the season was the Senna tribute in São Paulo. It’s not every day that you drive a Formula 1 car on the streets of your hometown. It was a really special moment and I enjoyed it a lot.”
Leonardo Lorandi: “We struggled quite a lot this season. It began well with a podium in Monza but after that it was quite painful and not the best of years. After the final race in Abu Dhabi, we had a test and we were quickest there so that was very promising. We’ll see what life brings next year. For now, I will do some karting, enjoy the winter and keep doing my job in racing!”
Favourite Moment: “The podium in Monza was good and also the pole position in Spa!”