Once again, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the last round of the Formula Renault Eurocup. Often the setting for spectacular season finales and dramatic twists, the Spanish track will welcome the competitors, who are all fired up with the final two driver titles still up for grabs!
Just a year ago, Sacha Fenestraz won the crown on Catalan soil, as did Pierre Gasly, Stoffel Vandoorne and Valtteri Bottas against Oliver Rowland, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo in their day… This year, the stakes will be all the more important as the champion will be offered a place in the Renault Sport Academy as the Formula Renault Eurocup prepares to open a new chapter in its history!
Two three-driver battles for top honours
General classification leader Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) will come in with the psychological and points advantage thanks to his run of three straight victories. Now the odds on favourite, the Renault Sport Academy driver can sew up the title on Saturday if he takes a fourth win on the bounce.
While there are still 50 points on offer, Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) are respectively 20.5 and 36.5 behind. After losing out to Max Fewtrell for rookie of the year honours in 2017, the Chinese driver would like to get his revenge, while the Dane has said he has nothing to lose and will go for the double!
Despite dropping out of both races at Hockenheim, Christian Lundgaard is in a very advantageous position among the rookie drivers. At 40 and 44 points adrift, Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) and Victor Martins (R-ace GP) must absolutely finish on the podium in race one if they want to keep the suspense going.
Fight in the Top Ten
Behind the top five, the final classification is far from decided. While Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) has the edge, the Italian driver would really like to pick up his first win of the season, while Charles Milesi (R-ace GP) and Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport) will do everything they can to return to the top step of the podium.
The stakes will be double for the Australian, who is chasing after countryman Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport), whose consistent progress saw him take his first two rookie wins at the previous meeting.
Further back, another Australian, Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport) will try to score his first top three result to secure his place in the top ten against Tech 1 racing drivers Alexander Smolyar and Neil Verhagen. Last year, the American member of the Red Bull Junior Team was quickest at the Barcelona rookie test.
One last chance to shine
For the other drivers, the Barcelona weekend offers one last chance to shine. After taking his first single-seater win on this track, Arthur Rougier (Fortec Motorsports) will aim for his maiden podium in Formula Renault to highlight his improvement over the season.
Thomas Neubauer (Tech 1 Racing), Frank Bird (Tech 1 Racing), Eliseo Martinez (AVF by Adrián Vallés) and Sami Taoufik (Arden Motorsport) are still searching to add to their point tallies. This mission could be upset by Axel Matus (AVF by Adrián Vallés) and Raúl Guzmán (Fortec Motorsports), who are in a duel for the highest placed Mexican in the field!
Clément Novalak (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Nikita Volegov (Arden Motorsport), Najiy Razak (JD Motorsport), Christian Muñoz (AVF by Adrián Vallés), Freek Schothorst (MP Motorsport) and Vladimir Tziortzis (Fortec Motorsports) all have just one goal and that is to score their first points of the season before it is too late!
1 The only finishing position that will automatically clinch the title for Max Fewtrell on Saturday.
5 No driver has ever won five straight races in the Formula Renault Eurocup spec-era. Max Fewtrell could do it if he wins both Barcelona races.
11 11th on the grid in 2008, Valtteri Bottas put on quite a show on a wet track. The Finn won the title the next day despite the response of Daniel Ricciardo.
12 The number of race wins for R-ace GP this year, twice as many as all the other teams combined.
103 Introduced in 2013, this generation of the Formula Renault will line up for its 103rd and final Eurocup race Sunday afternoon.
Friday October 19, 2018
9:50–10:40 Collective tests 1
14:00–14:50 Collective tests 2
Saturday October 20, 2018
9:00–9:35 Qualifying 1
12:45–13:20 Race 1
Sunday October21, 2018
11:00–11:35 Qualifying 2
16:50–17:25 Race 2