Formula Renault 2.0 is a cutting-edge class that is designed to give young drivers hoping to break into Formula One the ideal preparation. In optimizing its design, Renault Sport Technologies has enhanced the character and efficiency of a single-seater that is the spearhead of the French manufacturer’s driver development programme.
Formula Renault has been an obligatory port of call for motorsport’s brightest prospects for nearly 40 years now. In recent years the trail blazed by the likes of Alain Prost, René Arnoux and Didier Pironi has been followed by Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean, Daniel Ricciardo, Jules Bianchi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Valtteri Bottas, all of whom starred in Formula Renault at the start of their careers. In seeking to continue that rich tradition, Formula Renault 2.0 has evolved with the aim of allowing rookie drivers to compete in a car offering performance and handling reminiscent of loftier categories.
2017 marks a new step. Two drivers from the field including the winner of the series will integrate the Renault Sport Academy. Both will have access to the resources provided by the Renault Sport Formula One Team to prepare for their future career. They will also receive financial backing for their 2018 programme.
On the technical side, Renault Sport Racing has opted for stability to ensure that costs remain more than competitive in a market that’s more cut throat than ever. Thanks to its optimal design, superb reliability and a reduced number of spare parts, the cost of running the Formula Renault 2.0 is controlled. Assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe, the cars are checked, race-prepared and set up prior to delivery.
Sporting continuity is an important element of the Eurocup. This is the reason why the system used - providing a large amount of on-track running - in the last years will remain the same again this season :
- Two 50-minute collective tests sessions
- Two 30-minute qualifying sessions
- Races of 25-minute plus a lap