Formula Renault is an entry-level series to motor racing that was first founded in 1971. It’s two classes of formula racing which is popular in Europe and elsewhere. Formula Renault is a well respected series where drivers learn advanced race craft before graduating to higher formulas. Renault backs two one-make single seater series, Formula Renault 1.6 and Formula Renault 2.0. The Formula Renault 1.6 is now more commonly known as the French Formula 4 while the 2.0 is now the Eurocup. The current Formula Renault Eurocup champion is Victor Martins.
It was originally served as a support series to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series from 2005 to 2015. As of the 2021 season, the Formula Renault Eurocup will merge with the Formula Regional European Championship.
The 2020 season was the last Formula Renault Eurocup
As we look at the race weekend, we see a Friday of free practise followed by a qualifying Saturday morning and a race that afternoon. The same applies for the Sunday as we see a second qualifying in the morning and the second race in the afternoon. The races consist of 25 laps +1.
For the series, all drivers use equal-spec Renault F4R 832 single seater racers. The car sports a aerodynamic kit designed by Tatuus while the carbon-fibre chassis is built at a Renault subsidiary, Alpine’s Dieppe plant. It holds a fuel capacity of 50 litres and weighs 506kg.
Regarding points, they run a similar system to other racing series. Drivers are also eligible for FIA Super Licence points that would be attributed for the top eight finishers. The series sits on par with the NASCAR Cup, Indy Lights, W Series, Euroformula Open, Super Formula Lights, Australian Supercars and the WTCR. The top points are fewer than awarded for wining Formula Regional and Asian F3 which run the same machinery.
Super Licence Points
We witnessed four seasons of the Formula Renault Eurocup from 2017-2020 where we saw Sacha Fenestraz, Max Fewtrell and Oscar Piastri take titles
The series features eight teams with up to five cars each on the grid. The 2020 season saw most teams compete with three cars but saw M2 Competition only competing with one car for the first two rounds. The Formula Renault Eurocup supports a bunch of different series in their ten rounds. They’ve raced at a bunch of different tracks over the years, the reoccurring ones being Paul Ricard in France, Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, Silverstone Circuit in the UK, Circuit de Monaco in Monaco, Nurburgring and Hokenheimring in Germany, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain and the Hungaroring in Hungary. With the series merging with the Formula Regional European Championship, we will see the series support the Spanish and Monoco Grand Prixs while also returning to Spa, Paul Ricard, Monza, Nurburg and Austria. They will also be heading to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo de Dino Ferrari and Autodromo Internazionale de Mugello in Italy and Circuit Zandvoort in The Netherlands.
You were originally able to watch the Formula Renault Eurocup live on the Reanult Sport Youtube however, with the series merging with Formula Regional European, oyu will be able to catch the stream live on the Formula 3 Regional website: f3regional.com.
The series has been running for nearly thirty years and some of our championship title holders still race to this day. 2007 Champion Brendon Hartley competed in Formula E last year while 2008 Champion Valterri Bottas races alongside Mercedes in Formula One. Joining Bottas, 2013 Champion, Pierre Gasley, and 2016 Champion, Lando Norris, also compete in Formula One. 2015 Champion, Jack Aitken, has just finished his season in Formula Two and also made his Formula One debut this year. We also see 2012 Champion and 2014 Champion, Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries race alongside Mercedes EQ in the Formula E series while 2011 Champion Robin Frijns joins them in the championship. Our current Renault Sport Academy Juniors, Max Fewtrell and Oscar Piastri went on to win the 2018 and 2019 Championships.