2014 FR3.5 Series Season Preview – Part 2 – The Schedule and Drivers


With the tenth season of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series rapidly approaching, let us look at the venues the cars will race at this year, how the series allocates its points in each race over each weekend, and finally who is driving for who in 2014.

2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Race Schedule

The calendar has changed a little from 2013, with the round in Austria leaving the series to be replaced by a round at the Nurburgring in Germany, while the season ending race has moved from one Spanish circuit to another, from the Circuit de Catalunya to the Circuito de Jerez.

There are nine rounds in total in 2014, all consisting of two races, apart from the Monaco round when their will be only one race as the series supports the Formula 1 series for the event – the one and only time the two series race on the same weekend all season.  There are also separate qualifying sessions for each race on the morning of the race.

ROUND

CIRCUIT

COUNTRY

DATE

1

Race 1

Autodromo   Nazionale Monza

Italy

12   April

Race 2

13 April

2

Race 1

Ciudad   del Motor de Aragon

Spain

26   April

Race 2

27   April

3

Race 1

Circuit   de Monaco, Monte Carlo

Monaco

25 May

4

Race 1

Circuit   de Spa-Francorchamps

Belgium

31 May

Race 2

01   June

5

Race 1

Moscow   Raceway

Russia

28   June

Race 2

29   June

6

Race 1

Nurburgring

Germany

12   July

Race 2

13   July

7

Race 1

Hungaroring,   Budapest

Hungary

13   September

Race 2

14   September

8

Race 1

Circuit   Paul Ricard, Le Castellet

France

27   September

Race 2

28   September

9

Race 1

Circuito   de Jerez

Spain

18   October

Race 2

19   October

2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Points Allocations

All races over the year follow the Formula 1-style scoring system, and both the Saturday and Sunday races score the same.  There are no points awarded for either pole position or fastest lap.

Race Points: 1st – 25 Points; 2nd – 18 Points; 3rd – 15 Points; 4th – 12 Points; 5th – 10 Points; 6th – 8 Points; 7th – 6 Points; 8th – 4 Points; 9th – 2 Points; 10th – 1 Point.

2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Entry List

All the teams that competed in the 2013 championship have been confirmed to return for 2014, though at present the participation of the Carlin is in doubt.   Only one driver currently confirmed for 2014 has previously won a Formula Renault 3.5 series race, which is Marco Sorensen.  There are still four seats available plus the two Carlin seats which as we talk about the entry list, the team have announced they will be absent for at least the first round in Monza due to a shortage in funding.  They hope to race from round two onwards.

The top three drivers from 2013 have departed the series; Kevin Magnussen has joined the McLaren F1 team, Stoffel Vandoorne has joined the ART Grand Prix team in the GP2 series, while Antonio Felix da Costa has joined BMW in the German DTM series.  Fifth placed from 2013 Nico Muller has also joined the DTM series with Audi.

NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM
1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS
2 Norman Nato FRA
3 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsports
4 Oliver Rowland GBR
5 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing
6 Luca Ghiotto ITA
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport
8 William Buller GBR
9 TBA   Tech 1 Racing
10 Marco Sorensen DEN
11 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing
12 Matias Lainé FIN
15 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus
16 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA
17 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR
18 TBA  
19 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula
20 Zoel Amberg SWI
21 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse
22 Roberto Merhi ESP
23 TBA   Carlin
24 TBA  
25 TBA   Pons Racing
26 Meindert van Buuren NED
27 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Comtec Racing
28 TBA