Yelloly returns to Formula Renault 3.5 at Silverstone


Nick Yelloly will make a return to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this weekend with the Charouz-run Lotus team after his relationship with the Hilmer Motorsport team in the GP2 Series concluded.

Yelloly previously raced a partial campaign in the 3.5 series in 2011 with Pons Racing before a full season in 2012 with Comtec Racing, where he took a race win at the Nurburgring, while in 2013 he ran a one-off event with Zeta Corse at Monaco.

“The last time I drove an FR3.5 car was for Zeta Corse, but obviously driving around Monaco is very different to Silverstone,” said Yelloly to Autosport. “Hopefully, after the two 50-minute practice sessions on Friday I will be able to readapt to the FR3.5 car.

“The reasons for doing it are that I have a chance to race for team that is constantly challenging for wins, and also my main sponsor is Baylis and Harding, and it’s an opportunity to invite their guests to a race weekend.”

Yelloly admits the rest of his 2015 season is up in the air, but confirms talks are ongoing to further his career in 2016, and feels the experience he has had this year has been positive despite not being able to challenge for a championship.

“I am not sure if I will have any more GP2 outings,” added Yelloly. “I think it is very difficult if you’re not with one of the top teams, such as ART or DAMS; I am not saying you can’t get good results elsewhere, but it’s much more difficult.

“We have been sporadic this year, because the planned LMP2 deal with Jota spilt very late. I missed the first GP2 race of the season and I am not in the championship hunt.

“We are working on a solid plan to further my career in 2016, whether that’s a move into sportscars or into Formula 1. I don’t want to say it has been a wasted year, as it has been very good for me.

“I have done some good performances and had the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car [with the Sahara Force India team] for the first time, so in many ways it has been great.

“But it is a no-brainer to take up the chance to get into the cockpit of at team that is challenging for wins every weekend.”