Renault announce ten-round 2017 Eurocup calendar

Monza will host the opening race of the 2017 season - Credit: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

The calendar for the 47th season of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship has been announced, and will see the junior formulae category visit nine homologated Formula 1 circuits in 2017.

The championship, which has extra backing from Renault next year and will see two drivers, including the series champion, be admitted to the Renault Sport Academy, which will help them prepare for the challenges ahead as they will be involved with the Formula 1 team.

The rookie of the year in 2017 will also be able to compete in the 2018 Eurocup season free of charge, with the championship continuing to go from strength to strength.

The first twenty-four drivers that enter the championship next season will also benefit from a three-hour simulator session at Enstone, as well as an immersion course with the Renault Sport F1 Team.

“Since 1971, Formula Renault has been at the centre of the sporting strategy of Renault,” said Renault Sport Racing Deputy Managing Director Frederic Vasseur. “It soon became one of the best school of champions.

“This category allows the most ambitious drivers coming from karting or F4 to learn more, to prove themselves and to blossom. The choice of circuits is important, because care must be must be taken to best prepare drivers for their future challenges with the elite on the horizon.

“In 2017, they will more than ever become hardened on the most Europe’s best circuits used by F1, trained in a series recognized by everyone and battle for unequaled rewards at this level. The 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault season is already shaping up to be exceptional!”

The 2017 season begins with a trip to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in April, followed by a trip to Silverstone and to the French street track of Pau in May, before a return to Monaco as a support to Formula 1 at the end of the month.

The championship then switches to the Hungaroring at the beginning of July before trips to the Nurburgring and the Red Bull Ring, while trips to Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps and the Circuit de Catalunya complete the season.

As well as the races, drivers and teams will have six days of winter testing and four days of collective testing during the season, while two days of private testing will also be permitted.

2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Calendar

21-23 AprilAutodromo Nazionale MonzItaly
12-14 MaySilverstoneGreat Britain
19-21 MayPauFrance
26-28 MayMonte CarloMonaco
30 June-2 JulyHungaroringHungary
14-16 JulyNurburgringGermany
21-23 JulyRed Bull RingAustria
25-27 AugustPaul RicardFrance
22-24 SeptemberSpa-FrancorchampsBelgium
27-29 OctoberCircuit de CatalunyaSpain