Max Fewtrell has given the 2019 Eurocup Formula Renault car its first track outing, with the 2018 champion running two-hundred and fifty kilometres at the Italian Vairano circuit.
The Renault-backed Fewtrell, who took six victories on his way to the crown last season with R-ace GP, was entrusted with the initial driving duties of the new-for-2019 car, which features improved aerodynamics, the Halo head protection system that is becoming widespread in European single seater categories, and a 1.8-litre 270 horsepower turbo engine, while it was also fitted with Hankook Ventus F200 tyres following the Korean companies arrival as tyre supplier in place of Michelin.
“It has been a huge honour for me to drive the new Formula Renault chassis number 1 and I would like to say thanks to Renault and its partners for this opportunity,” said Fewtrell. “My first impression is really good.
“Straight away, I felt the car was evenly balanced and it just feels really nice in the corners. The additional power nicely compensates for the weight increase due to the introduction of the different safety elements, including the new anti-intrusion side panels and the halo… when you’re pushing you don’t even notice there’s one!
“I’ve had a good experience as well with the Hankook tyres in previous championships and it’s living up to its reputation as it allows for getting the most from the extra downforce the car offers, especially in the high-speed corners.
“Overall, I had a terrific time and it looks like it’s the perfect fit for the next generation of Formula Renault.”
Following the introduction of the new car and the announcement of the 2019 calendar, the FIA has boosted the category further by altering the amount of Superlicence points being awarded, with nine drivers now set to gain points as opposed to the five from last season.
The series champion will receive eighteen points, with fourteen being awarded for second place and twelve for third. The remaining places inside the top nine will be awarded as follows: Ten for fourth, six for fifth, four for sixth, three for seventh, two for eighth and one point for ninth.
“We are delighted with the extension and revaluation of the FIA Super Licence points awarded to the best drivers in the Formula Renault Eurocup,” said Benoît Nogier, Renault Sport Racing Commercial Racing Director. “This is a true testament to the work we have been doing for several years to provide the drivers with the best tools to reach the motor racing pinnacle.”