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Video of the Day

Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm video, World Series by Renault Comments

Take an onboard ride with American Conor Daly as he tests a Tech1 World Series by Renault car in Barcelona, Spain. His ride contains a 3.4L V8 powerplant producing 530 horsepower. Enjoy.

 

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Stoneman to test Indy Lights

Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:44 am Indy Lights, Test, World Series by Renault Comments

(photo: FormulaTwo.com)

Dean Stoneman, 21, will be traveling to North America on Monday to test an Indy Lights machine at Las Vegas, according to a report by Autosport.com’s Sam Tremayne.

Stoneman has also been testing a Formula Renault 3.5 machine while evaluating options for next season. For those who don’t know, the talented Briton recently beat testicular cancer. After 12 months away from racing, he’s looking to make a full-time return to the sport he loves.

Prior to his diagnosis, Stoneman won the 2010 FIA Formula Two Championship with six wins and 13 podiums. Last month, he tested a World Series by Renault car with ISR at Aragon. It will be nice to see him return to the cockpit. Regardless of the route he chooses for 2012, he will undoubtedly add tremendous depth to the field.

On Monday, the Indy Lights winter testing ban will be lifted and I should have more information on who’s testing with whom. Stay tuned for updates.

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Wickens’ World

Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:50 am Formula One, World Series by Renault Comments

Robert Wickens is on the verge of F1

Less than two years ago, Robert Wickens thought his open-wheel racing career was over.

It nearly was.

The talented Canadian earned the attention of Red Bull in 2006 when he was just 16-years-old. He was fast and Red Bull knew it; signing him to its junior driver program.

With the energy drink giant providing financial backing, Wickens went on to win the 2006 Formula BMW Americas championship following a third-place effort in 2005. He wrapped up the ’06 title with three wins and seven podiums.

The next few years would be a whirlwind of junior formula racing with the Toronto-native piling on seat time. He ran 12 North American races in the Atlantic Championship to start the ’07 season before placing his focus on the World Series by Renault in Europe. At season’s end, Wickens was classified third in the Atlantic Championship with one win and four podium finishes. During the off-season, he proudly flew the Canadian flag competing for Team Canada in the A1GP Series. He won there too, compiling one win, two pole positions, and four race podiums while simultaneously becoming the youngest driver to win an A1 event.

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Alexander Rossi Signs with Fortec

Posted February 5, 2011 at 8:48 am Signing, World Series by Renault Comments

American Alexander Rossi has signed with Fortec Motorsport for the 2011 World Series by Renault.

Rossi, 19, spent last season in the GP3 Series where he logged two wins and five podiums, finishing fourth in the final point standings.

The California native made his WSR debut last year at Monaco with ISR, where he qualified fifth. He also completed two test days at Motorland Aragon (Spain) in a Formula Renault 3.5 machine this past fall — posting impressive times right off the bat.

He will make his 2011 debut with Fortec on April 16-17 at Motorland Aragon when the series opens its 17-round championship.

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Dean Stoneman out with health issue

Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:01 am World Series by Renault Comments

Dean Stoneman, 20, reigning Formula 2 champion, was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer and will be forced to sit out his 2011 World Series by Renault campaign with ISR Racing.

According to the initial report by Autosport.com, Stoneman’s physicians caught the disease early and expect a full recovery.

Stoneman, who was set to compete alongside 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Daniel Ricciardo at ISR, won last year’s FIA Formula 2 championship.

The British driver compiled six F2 wins and 13 podiums in 18 starts last season and also ran two WSR events at Cataluyna in preparation for the upcoming season.

We wish Stoneman a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in a racecar soon.

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The World Series by Renault released its 2011 schedule today.  Next season will mark the final year of competition for the current Formula Renault 3.5 car as Renault Sport Technologies have confirmed the release of a new car for the 2012 season.

Here is the 2011 calendar:

World Series by Renault
2011 Schedule

April 16-17: Motorland Aragon
April 30-May 1: Spa-Francorchamps
May 14-15: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
May 28-29: Monaco
June 18-19: Nurburgring
July 2-3: Hungaroring
August 20-21: Silverstone
September 17-18: Paul-Ricard Circuit
October 8-9: Cataluyna

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WSR: Brno Hard Chargers

Posted June 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm hard charger, World Series by Renault Comments

The World Series by Renault completed Rounds 6 & 7 of the 2010 season last weekend in Brno.  Czech racer Filip Salaquarda earned the pole position for both races, showcasing his speed on his ‘home’ track by topping 23 other drivers.  In race mode, Esteban Guerrieri proved invincible sweeping both races over the weekend.

The hard charger from Round 6 was Stefano Coletti, who finished 17th after starting 9th.  Following the weekend’s race, Coletti topped all competitors in a post-race test at Brno with a fast lap of 1:40.804.

On Sunday, Albert Costa had the most drive, picking up eight positions in 24-laps to finish 10th, earning hard charger honors.

World Series by Renault
Brno, Czech Republic
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World Series by Renault: Monaco

Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:16 am World Series by Renault Comments

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo earned his first career Formula Renault 3.5 victory over the weekend in Monaco.  Ricciardo, 20, led from start to finish after qualifying on pole Saturday.  Championship leader Mikhail Aleshin finished second 1.093 seconds behind Ricciardo.  Spaniard Albert Costa picked up his first career podium, finishing third.

American Alexander Rossi started the race fifth but eventually dropped out of the race after making contact with the tire barriers.  Despite the disappointing result, Rossi impressed a number of people with his sheer speed at Monaco.  He acclimated to the car very quickly, setting the third quickest lap in Thursday’s free practice.

Colombian Omar Leal earned the hard charger honors at Monaco for the second consecutive year.  Leal, 20, drove from last on the grid (24th) to finish 16th, improving 8 positions in 31-laps.

The World Series by Renault competitors return to action June 4-6, 2010 at Brno.

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American Alexander Rossi will make his World Series by Renault debut this weekend on the streets of Monaco.  Rossi was third quick in this morning’s free practice.  He was the fastest rookie driver in attendance, with a lap of 1:28.814, just 0.882 shy of Sten Pentus (1:27.932) – who set the fastest overall time and was the only driver to break into the 1:27 range.

It’s likely Rossi is just using this one-off opportunity to get used to all the unique undulations and attributes of the Monaco street circuit, while picking up some additional seat time.  The 18-year-old phenom will be driving for ISR, a team he drove for last season in International Formula Master.

The Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying session will get underway on Saturday, May 15, with the race scheduled to take place Sunday, May 16.

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The Formula Renault 3.5 drivers completed Rounds 3 & 4 of the 2010 World Series by Renault championship this past weekend in Belgium at Spa.  Both races were riddled with penalties.

Despite battling a flu-bug, Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin won pole position in Round 3 qualifying.  Aleshin went on to win the race by just over six seconds ahead of Sten PentusStefano Coletti finished third in his first time back to Spa since his massive crash in GP2 last season.  He suffered a fractured sternum in the incident, which occurred last August.

The hard charger in Round 3 was Greg Mansell.  Mansell drove from 16th on the grid to finish 5th, improving 11 positions in 22-laps, albeit with some help from race officials.  Jon Lancaster originally came home fifth, however he passed Jan Charouz by cutting the final chicane.  Realizing his wrong, he allowed Charouz to retake the position.  Stewards originally decided that giving up the position was good enough, however a protest by Greg Mansell changed the ruling.  Lancaster was given a 10-second penalty at the finish – relegating him to 9th in the final tally.  In a separate incident, Anton Nebylitskiy was penalized 10-seconds for contact with Nathanael Berthon, dropping him to 10th overall.  He was originally classified as finishing 6th, just ahead of Mansell.

In Round 4, American Jake Rosenzweig put his Carlin entry on pole position in wet conditions.  It was his first career pole position in the car ranks.  Rosenzweig did more than qualify on pole though, he dominated the field by lapping a full 1.382 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.  The 21-year-old American is hoping for a break-through year in Formula Renault 3.5 competition and it looks like he is well on his way to doing just that.

Sunday’s race was won by Esteban Guerrieri – who simultaneously won the hard charger award in the race by driving from 12th on the grid to win.  Guerrieri improved 11 positions in 17-laps.  It’s only fair to note that several drivers received drive-through penalties during the race aiding Guerrieri’s come-from-behind-win.  Regardless, it was a solid performance in less than ideal conditions.  Daniel Zampieri and Stefano Coletti finished second and third, respectively.

Honorable mention should go to Omar Julian Leal who suffered a big crash in qualifying and returned to the grid finishing 12th after starting 23rd.  Leal improved 11 positions during the 17-lap event.

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