HANDLING THE PRESSURE OF COMPETITION, UNDERSTANDING HOW A SINGLE-SEATER WORKS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT: IN FORMULA RENAULT THE DRIVERS HAVE BEEN LEARNING THE BASICS OF THEIR TRADE SINCE 1971!
From Formula France to Formula Renault
Formula France was created in 1968. This single-seater competition category featured the gearbox and engine from the Renault 8 Gordini in order to be affordable and allow drivers to move on to F3. Three years later, the Critérium was taken over by the Renault Sport Promotion service.
Bound to success
Renamed Formula Renault, the discipline took off in 1971. The following year, the engine from the Renault 12 Gordini was used and success was immediate. The format was exported across Europe and Formula Renault became an inevitable step on the motor racing ladder. From Jacques Laffite to Jean Ragnotti, Alain Prost, Felipe Massa, Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton, many budding champions cut their teeth in the category.
New Millennium, New Era
In 2000, Formula Renault experienced a turning point in adopting a monotype regulation with carbon tubs and sequential gearboxes. From its introduction, the Formula Renault 2000 was adopted by several national and regional championships.
Brand new deal
The creation of the World Series by Renault in 2005 offered a terrific vitrine for Formula Renault, as a support category of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, which was back then a springboard towards F1 and other professional championships. As relevant as ever, Formula Renault has adapted from 2016 to the new hierarchy on the ladder to F1, without its success ever being denied. Ideally situated between karting, F4 and F3, Formula Renault continues to train the champions of tomorrow through an extremely competitive universe.