Renault to assist young drivers after Academy launch

As well as launching their Formula 1 team, Renault Sport has announced it has set up a young driver development programme, with four former Formula Renault drivers the first to benefit.

The Renault Sport Academy has been set up to provide guidance and assistance to drivers as they look to progress through the junior ranks of motorsport, including fitness programmes and education in both Paris and Enstone to educate about Renault’s heritage and to learn how the Formula 1 team works.

2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Oliver Rowland will be part of the academy while he makes an attack on the GP2 Series title with MP Motorsport, while 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series champion Jack Aitken (pictured), Formula Renault NEC champion Louis Deletraz and second placed Kevin Jörg are also involved.

Aitken has already been confirmed to race in the GP3 Series with Arden International, with Jörg also competing in the championship with DAMS, while Deletraz will be racing with Fortec Motorsports in Formula V8 3.5.

Frederic Vasseur, the newly appointed Racing Director of Renault Sport Racing, insists the drivers will have everything available to them to enable them all to reach Formula 1 and succeed in the première single seater racing series.

“The Renault Sport Academy underlines the commitment of Renault Sport Racing to nurture young talent to develop the Formula 1 stars of the future,” said Vasseur.

“The motivation is not just altruistic; we want these drivers to become future Formula One World Champions and we are putting every tool at their disposal to achieve this aim.”