Renault Sport

Prost

RENAULT AND ALAIN PROST EXTEND PARTNERSHIP…

The Renault Group and four-time Formula 1 world champion, Alain Prost, are delighted to announce the prolongation of their relationship for the coming year.

Alain Prost has been the Brand Ambassador for Renault since 2012 and will take on an enlarged consultancy role within Renault Sport F1 this year. In addition to his current duties promoting the brand in press and marketing activities, the Frenchman will assume an advisory role within the Renault Sport F1 Executive Committee.

Within the scope of this role he will attend a selection of races over the year, plus events outside the F1 calendar, including the World Series by Renault and various other competition activities.

Alain Prost and Renault have a long working history. Alain Prost raced for the Equipe Renault Elf in the early part of his F1 career, from 1981 to 1983. Over this period he won nine races, only missing the drivers’ title in 1983 by two points. He resumed his relationship with Renault in 1993 after joining Williams. The Frenchman went on to dominate the championship with seven wins, thus securing his fourth and final world title.

Jean-Michel Jalinier, Renault Sport F1 President and Managing Director, commented, ‘Alain’s experience of F1 personnel and politics combined with his sharp intelligence and retained enthusiasm for the sport has already been of great benefit as we consolidate our position as an engine supplier to four teams. We will continue to draw on his knowledge this year, particularly as we prepare for the technical challenges of the 2014 engine regulations.’

Alain Prost added, ‘Renault has a long history within F1 and everything it has done in the sport has ultimately been a success. Indeed I have achieved some of the greatest results of my career with Renault power. Over the past year I have seen that it has kept the same passion and rigour for F1, and it has stayed true to these values as it prepares for the new V6 power unit in 2014. I will use my experience and knowledge of the sport to advise on strategic and technical challenges – it’s a very exciting time for everyone and together we represent very strong potential.’

F3

F3 at Monza

FINAL DAY OF TESTING FOR THE F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP-

While the first of the two scheduled days of testing for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams and drivers had to be scheduled due to the adverse weather conditions, the 30 drivers finally could go out today to complete their testing programmes. The fastest driver at the tradition-rich 5.793-kilometre circuit located not far from Milan was William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport, 1:45.345 minutes), with Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.611 minutes) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.714 minutes) finishing second and third respectively.

At the beginning of the second day of testing, however, the teams and drivers once again had to wait in the garages as the track turned out to be a glassy skating rink when the light at the pit-lane exit was supposed to be switched green. Only around 11:00hrs, the sun had warmed the track to an extent that the final day of testing prior to the season kick-off could begin.

William Buller secured the position on the top of the time sheets only in the closing minutes of the test that had been extended by an hour. “This was a good day,” the Briton said afterwards. “Monza has got a completely different layout than Barcelona and nonetheless, I was quick at both circuits. We did a good job today and as I see it, things look rather promising, for the weekend.” Alex Lynn, the second-fastest of the tests, also was happy with his achievements. “We mainly focused on setting the car up for this track. The fact that we were among the quickest, nevertheless, is really nice. The approach of the squad demonstrates that Prema Powerteam has got a lot of experience.” Close behind the Briton, his team-mate Raffaele Marciello finished third, followed by Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:45.764 minutes) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing, 1:45.789). Italian Giovinazzi was delighted with having made it to the top five. “I know Monza well and like the circuit a lot. I truly look forward to the race weekend and think that a home race at the beginning of the season can be an extra boost.”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports, 1:45.869 minutes) impressed by setting the fastest lap time of the morning session. At the end of the day, however, the Brazilian had to settle for finishing sixth. “In the opening stages of the morning session, the conditions still were difficult and I took it easy,” he revealed. “But when the track dried more and more, I really went for. It’s nice to have secured one of the top positions but we still have a lot of work to do. It’s a pity that the first day of testing had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:45.895 minutes), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.994), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:46.026) and Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:46.030) completed the top 10. Now, the young drivers and their teams will spend two days off at Monza before the Formula 3 European Championship season will be kicked off from Friday to Sunday at the same venue.