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World Series by Renault Updates

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted March 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm Signing, Test, World Series by Renault

I’m a little behind on some World Series by Renault news.  Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on…

Red Bull junior driver Jean Eric Vergne has committed to running in the World Series by Renault with SG Formula in 2010.  His main focus this season will be British F3–where he will be driving for Carlin— but, he plans to run both series.  The two championships only have one overlapping date (May 1-2, 2010), where the Formula Renault 3.5 competitors will be running at Spa-Francorchamps and the British F3 pilots (including Vergne) will be competing at Silverstone.  Vergne should do pretty well with SG Formula this season.  He had a really solid test with the team back in October at Motorland Aragon where he topped the time charts in two consecutive sessions.  More recently, he was the quickest WSR driver at the Jerez test.  Vergne finished runner-up in the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup with 4 wins, 4 pole positions and 8 podiums.  He will be teamed with Marcos Martinez at SG Formula this season.

Sten Pentus will return to the series in 2010 with Fortec Motorsport.  Pentus has kind of flown under the radar for many, but he did put in a few memorable performances during his rookie campaign in Formula Renault 3.5 last year.  Last October, I wrote this about Pentus…

Sten Pentus continues to impress.  The 27-year-old  Estonian driver earned another ‘hard charger’ award this weekend after improving 13 positions in Round 17 of the World Series by Renault.  I haven’t documented every result this year, but I have Pentus down for three previous ‘hard charger’ awards:  Silverstone (improved 8 positions), Spa (improved 9 positions), and Catalunya (improved 17 positions).

It will be fun to watch Pentus progress in 2010 and I expect we will see even more improvement from the 28-year-old Estonian driver. Over the winter, Sten has been competing in the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series (TRS) where he has logged 2 wins and 7 podiums in 12 starts.

Daniel Zampieri, 19, has committed to running the 2010 World Series by Renault with Pons Racing.  The young Italian driver, who won the 2009 Italian F3 Championship, is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy.  Zampieri has a ton of potential and should do real well this season under the guidance of both Ferrari and Pons Racing.  He just recently topped the time charts in the opening day of the Jerez test.  During the winter months, he ran six races for Rapax in the GP2-Asia series logging a best finish of 8th at Bahrain.

You can view the results from the WSR Jerez test here.

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