Stoneman seeking first Formula Renault 3.5 win in Spa


Red Bull Junior Team driver Dean Stoneman will be looking to build on his best result in Formula Renault 3.5 Series so far last weekend in Monaco when the series reconvenes at the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Stoneman arrives back at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend looking for his World Series by Renault victory to add to his GP3 Series victory at the track in 2014 whilst driving for Marussia Manor Racing.

“I won there last year in GP3, I love the track and a first win in Renault 3.5 would be nice,” revealed Stoneman.

“It’s a difficult track, changes of elevation, a great variety of corners, high speed, medium speed and the heavy braking from high speed to the hairpin. You really have to be on top of things to get the maximum out of yourself and the car.

“I’ve been talking to the team a lot about just what we need to make sure we have all the pieces of the jigsaw in the right place. We know we have it all, the pace, everything we need, it just has to be linked in the right way.”

Spa is very different to last weekend’s round in Monaco, where DAMS driver Stoneman took his best finish of the season so far with second place, but the Briton has already revealed he is focused on this weekend’s races.

“Monaco was great but we’ve put that behind us, now it’s back to the usual weekend with two free practice sessions and two races with two qualifying sessions,” said Stoneman.

“I was talking to the guys about it and we are going to be concentrating on just what we are doing at any one time, not looking too far ahead. For the qualifying we are going to be concentrating on that and not thinking of the race.

“It is very different, the car set up is very different but it only takes you a few laps to get the feel of any car once you’ve got the experience.

“That’s not to say more track time won’t help, of course it will. I don’t have the same amount of time in this car as some of the guys I am racing against and every time I get in I learn more.”