Launched in 1971, Formula Renault, which has developed more than two out of three F1 drivers, is about to begin a new chapter in its rich and long history. With its strengths developed over the decades, the category will welcome a car meeting the F3R regulations beginning in the 2019 season.

A new car

To achieve such results, the Formula Renault has always been able to evolve and adapt to the needs of the most promising drivers of their generation as well as establish itself as an unavoidable step after karting or national championships.

In 2019, Renault Sport Racing and Tatuus will continue their historic relationship with the arrival of the Tatuus F.3 T-318 chassis, powered by a 1.8L turbo-powered engine derived from the New Mégane R.S. power plant, delivering between 270 and 300 horsepower. Michelin will continue to be the sole tyre supplier.

Renault Sport Racing’s focus on safety will be reinforced with this car meeting the latest standards in the area, as demonstrated by the presence of a halo and anti-intrusion panels. Safer, more powerful and more efficient, this new Formula Renault will contribute to the FIA’s motor racing pyramid, while better preparing drivers for the next level.

The same philosophy

As the only category enjoying the official support of a constructor entered in F1, the Formula Renault Eurocup will continue to grow this lineage to detect and develop the stars of tomorrow.

For its 49th season, the first one for the Tatuus T-318 chassis, the Formula Renault Eurocup will begin its new campaign with three days of testing at Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours in early March. Once this full-scale shakedown is completed, the drivers will have another four days of testing at two circuits where they will race later in the year.

To confirm its status as the benchmark in the development of young drivers, the Formula Renault Eurocup will continue to compete on Europe’s finest circuits homologated for F1. Five among them will also host a test day prior to the meeting to offer significant track time while helping to control costs. Staying with this goal, personnel restrictions for each team will also be implemented.

Sharing the weekend bill with professional international championships, each weekend will consist of two collective tests and two qualifying sessions to determine the starting grid for the two races, guaranteeing sporting fairness and the development of the stars of tomorrow. The championship winning driver will join the Renault Sport Academy in order to step up and, in addition to a financial backing, gain access to a number of tools at Enstone and Viry-Châtillon aimed to his development to the upper levels. Particular attention will be paid to the best rookies.