2014 FR3.5 Series Season Preview – Part 1 – History of FR3.5


The tenth season of the Formula Renault 3.5 series takes place in 2014, after Renault took over the World Series by Nissan series in 2005.  FR3.5, or World Series by Renault (WSR) has become one of the best feeder series for Formula 1 in recent years, rivalling the GP2 series.

Formula Renault 3.5 has support races from the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and the Eurocup Megane Trophy series’, and race over nine rounds consisting of two races, apart from Monaco when they race only once.  Last year’s Formula Renault champion Kevin Magnussen progressed to Formula 1 with the McLaren team, while 2012 champion Robin Frijns is the Caterham F1 teams reserve driver for 2014.

Here we take a look back at the past champions of the Formula Renault 3.5 series, plus a quick look at the inaugural race weekend back in 2005 with World Series by Nissan turned into World Series by Renault.

Past Driver and Team Champions

Year

Drivers’   Champion

Teams’   Champion

2005

Robert   Kubica

Epsilon   Euskadi

Epsilon   Euskadi

2006

Alx   Danielsson

Comtec   Racing

Interwetten.com

2007

Alvaro   Parente

Tech 1   Racing

Tech 1   Racing

2008

Giedo   van der Garde

P1   Motorsport

Tech 1   Racing

2009

Bertrand   Baguette

International   Draco Racing

International   Draco Racing

2010

Mikhail   Aleshin

Carlin

Tech 1   Racing

2011

Robert   Wickens

Carlin

Carlin

2012

Robin   Frijns

Fortec   Motorsports

Tech 1   Racing

2013

Kevin   Magnussen

DAMS

DAMS

First Race Weekend – May 01st-02nd 2005 – Zolder

The first Formula Renault 3.5 weekend took place over the weekend of May 01st-02nd 2005 at the Zolder circuit in Belgium.  There were fifteen teams of two drivers, of which three remain to this date (Carlin, Pons Racing and DAMS), though a fourth – Draco Multiracing USA – have morphed into International Draco Racing.

There were four future Formula 1 drivers in that first race in the form of Pastor Maldonado, Robert Kubica, Markus Winkelhock and Karun Chandhok, while IndyCar front-runners Will Power and Simon Pagenaud also competed that weekend.

May 01st – Race One Qualifying Results – Top Six

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM
1 Enrico Toccacelo ITA Victory Engineering
2 Markus Winkelhock GER Draco Racing
3 Andreas Zuber AUT Carlin
4 Will Power AUS Carlin
5 Jaap van Lagen NED KTR
6 Robert Kubica POL Epsilon Euskadi

May 01st – Race One Race Results – Top Six

POS

DRIVER

NAT

TEAM

1

Enrico Toccacelo

ITA

Victory   Engineering

2

Andreas Zuber

AUT

Carlin

3

Robert Kubica

POL

Epsilon Euskadi

4

Tristan Gommendy

FRA

KTR

5

Felix Porteiro

POR

Epsilon Euskadi

6

Adrian Valles

ESP

Pons Racing

Fastest Lap: Markus Winkelhock – Germany – Draco Racing

May 02nd – Race Two Qualifying Results – Top Six

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM
1 Will Power AUS Carlin
2 Enrico Toccacelo ITA Victory Engineering
3 Jaap van Lagen NED KTR
4 Adrian Valles ESP Pons Racing
5 Robert Kubica POL Epsilon Euskadi
6 Markus Winkelhock GER Draco Racing

May 02nd – Race Two Race Results – Top Six

POS

DRIVER

NAT

TEAM

1

Robert Kubica

POL

Epsilon Euskadi

2

Andreas Zuber

AUT

Carlin

3

Markus Winkelhock

GER

Draco Racing

4

Simon Pagenaud

FRA

Saulnier Racing

5

Damien Pasini

FRA

Cram Competition

6

Adrian Valles

ESP

Pons Racing

Fastest Lap: Robert Kubica – Poland – Epsilon Euskadi