No time for ART with Renault Sport role for Vasseur

After taking the racing director role at the Renault Sport Formula 1 team, Frederic Vasseur says he will not have any time to lead his ART Grand Prix GP2 and GP3 Series teams.

Vasseur has been the head of the junior team for a number of years, and saw Stoffel Vandoorne dominate the championship in 2015, but the Frenchman’s role within Renault will prevent him from spending time on ART’s GP2, GP3 and DTM Series programmes.

“My weekend off, I will keep an eye on it, but otherwise zero,” said Vasseur on Autosport when asked about how much time he’ll spend on ART in 2016. “I think I will be a bit busy and it will be too difficult to focus on something like [GP2 at grand prix weekends], to be honest.

“You can keep an eye on it, but at the end of the day if you are not involved it makes no sense to try to do something more. I think I will have a lot of work to do on the Renault project and I will not want to be disturbed.”

ART Grand Prix will field Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergey Sirotkin in GP2, Charles Leclerc, Nyck de Vries, Alexander Albon and Nirei Fukuzumi in GP3 and Gary Paffett and Esteban Ocon in the DTM Series in 2016.