2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season

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The 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season was the eighth season of the Renault–supported single–seater category.

It was the first season for the new Dallara T12 chassis, which featured a new, 530 bhp (400 kW) V8 engine supplied by British firm Zytek Motorsport.[1] The car also featured a new gearbox developed by Ricardo and a Drag Reduction System similar to the one first used in the 2011 Formula One season.[1] The series' organising committee has also announced that the series' sporting regulations were set to remain unchanged.[2]

Robin Frijns won the championship in his first season of competition, becoming the first driver (since Robert Kubica in 2005) to win the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in his debut year. Tech 1 Racing won the teams' championship for the fourth time.[3]

Entry list[edit]

On 10 October 2011, it was announced that 18 teams had applied to compete in the 2012 season.[4] Twelve of the thirteen teams that competed in 2011 submitted entries, while Mofaz Racing withdrew after failing to acquire the requisite funds to continue in the series.[5] Several new teams, including Arden International, Atech Reid GP, DAMS, Koiranen Motorsport, Max Travin Racing Team – however prior the start of the season, Max Travin Racing Team joined forces with BVM Target as part of a three-year partnership[6] – and Van Amersfoort Racing all submitted entries to join the series.[4] The final list of thirteen teams was published on 17 October 2011, with GP2 Series teams Arden International and DAMS selected to join, while EPIC Racing and Koiranen Motorsport were placed on a reserve list.[7]

Team No. Driver Status Rounds
United Kingdom Carlin[7] 1 Denmark Kevin Magnussen[8] R All
2 United Kingdom Will Stevens[9] R All
United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports[7] 3 Colombia Carlos Huertas[10] R All
4 Netherlands Robin Frijns[11] R All
Czech Republic ISR[7] 5 United Kingdom Sam Bird[12] All
6 United States Jake Rosenzweig[12] All
France Tech 1 Racing[7] 7 Estonia Kevin Korjus[13] 1–6
Germany Daniel Abt[14] R 7–9
8 France Jules Bianchi[15] All
United Kingdom P1 Motorsport[7] 9 Austria Walter Grubmüller[16] All
10 Russia Daniil Move[16] All
Czech Republic Lotus[17] 11 New Zealand Richie Stanaway[17] R 1–3
Brazil César Ramos[18] 4–5
Netherlands Nigel Melker[19] 6
Estonia Kevin Korjus[20] 7–9
12 Denmark Marco Sørensen[17] R All
Italy BVM Target[7] 15 Italy Giovanni Venturini[21] R 1–4
Russia Sergey Sirotkin[22] R 5
Italy Daniel Zampieri[23] 6
Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss[24] R 7, 9
Italy Davide Rigon[25] R 8
16 Russia Nikolay Martsenko[26] R All
Russia Team RFR[27] 17 Russia Mikhail Aleshin[27] All
18 Russia Anton Nebylitskiy[27] 1–6
Finland Aaro Vainio[28] R 7–9
Spain Pons Racing[7] 19 Brazil Yann Cunha[29] R All
20 Switzerland Zoël Amberg[30] R All
Italy International Draco Racing[7] 21 Switzerland Nico Müller[31] R All
22 Brazil André Negrão[31] All
United Kingdom Comtec Racing[7] 23 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli[32] R All
24 United Kingdom Nick Yelloly[33] All
United Kingdom Arden Caterham[7] 25 United States Alexander Rossi[34] All
26 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson[35] 1–3
Portugal António Félix da Costa[36] R 4–9
France DAMS[7] 27 Brazil Lucas Foresti[37] R All
28 France Arthur Pic[38] All

Driver changes[edit]

Changed teams
Entering/Re–Entering FR3.5
Leaving FR3.5
Mid-season changes

Race calendar and results[edit]

In August 2011, series organisers had announced that the championship was due to visit Russia and Brazil during the 2012 season.[2] The 2012 calendar was announced on 10 October 2011, the day after the end of the 2011 season.[54] Russia was included, but Brazil omitted. Seven of the nine rounds will form meetings of the 2012 World Series by Renault season, with additional rounds in support of the Monaco Grand Prix and the 6 Hours of Silverstone.[55]

Round Circuit Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1 Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, Alcañiz  Spain 5 May France Arthur Pic Netherlands Robin Frijns United Kingdom Nick Yelloly United Kingdom Comtec Racing
R2 6 May France Arthur Pic France Arthur Pic Netherlands Robin Frijns United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports
2 Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo  Monaco 27 May United Kingdom Sam Bird France Jules Bianchi United Kingdom Sam Bird Czech Republic ISR
3 R1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium 2 June Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Jules Bianchi Denmark Marco Sørensen Czech Republic Lotus
R2 3 June Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Jules Bianchi Denmark Kevin Magnussen United Kingdom Carlin
4 R1 Nürburgring  Germany 30 June France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi France Tech 1 Racing
R2 1 July Netherlands Robin Frijns Russia Mikhail Aleshin United Kingdom Nick Yelloly United Kingdom Comtec Racing
5 R1 Moscow Raceway  Russia 14 July Netherlands Robin Frijns France Jules Bianchi Netherlands Robin Frijns United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports
R2 15 July France Jules Bianchi France Arthur Pic France Arthur Pic France DAMS
6 R1 Silverstone Circuit  United Kingdom 25 August Denmark Kevin Magnussen Portugal António Félix da Costa France Jules Bianchi France Tech 1 Racing
R2 26 August France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi United Kingdom Sam Bird Czech Republic ISR
7 R1 Hungaroring, Mogyoród  Hungary 15 September Netherlands Robin Frijns France Jules Bianchi Netherlands Robin Frijns United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports
R2 16 September Netherlands Robin Frijns United States Alexander Rossi Portugal António Félix da Costa United Kingdom Arden Caterham
8 R1 Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet  France 29 September United Kingdom Nick Yelloly United States Alexander Rossi Portugal António Félix da Costa United Kingdom Arden Caterham
R2 30 September France Jules Bianchi Portugal António Félix da Costa France Jules Bianchi France Tech 1 Racing
9 R1 Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló  Spain 20 October France Jules Bianchi United States Alexander Rossi Portugal António Félix da Costa United Kingdom Arden Caterham
R2 21 October Russia Mikhail Aleshin United States Alexander Rossi Portugal António Félix da Costa United Kingdom Arden Caterham

Championship standings[edit]

Points system

Points are awarded to the top 10 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver ARA
Spain
MON
Monaco
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
MSC
Russia
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
LEC
France
CAT
Spain
Points
1 Netherlands Robin Frijns 3 1 Ret 7 3 3 5 1 17 2 9 1 5 7 9 3 14 189
2 France Jules Bianchi DSQ 13 2 2 17 1 12 2 7 1 3 3 9 4 1 7 Ret 185
3 United Kingdom Sam Bird 9 2 1 3 5 8 4 3 Ret Ret 1 10 4 10 3 2 7 179
4 Portugal António Félix da Costa 9 11 7 15 5 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 166
5 United Kingdom Nick Yelloly 1 18 7 9 2 Ret 1 12 16 4 8 14 20 2 4 15 13 122
6 Denmark Marco Sørensen 7 Ret 6 1 7 6 2 6 Ret Ret 19† 8 2 5 5 10 Ret 122
7 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 2 Ret Ret 21 1 5 8 16† 10 Ret Ret 2 23† 6 24† 5 4 106
8 France Arthur Pic Ret 3 11 15 Ret 4 Ret 4 1 Ret 4 5 6 Ret 14 11 6 102
9 Switzerland Nico Müller Ret Ret 5 5 4 2 Ret 8 Ret Ret 7 6 Ret 8 7 12 15 78
10 Estonia Kevin Korjus Ret 4 4 DNS 13 14 Ret 5 3 Ret 15 12 7 9 8 6 17 69
11 United States Alexander Rossi Ret 5 3 11 Ret 18 9 17† 5 Ret 5 9 8 22 16 19 5 63
12 United Kingdom Will Stevens 6 8 12 13 8 10 13 10 8 Ret 6 23 3 11 11 4 9 59
13 Russia Mikhail Aleshin Ret 11 8 4 Ret 13 6 14 9 11† 17† Ret 19 12 17 9 2 46
14 Austria Walter Grubmüller 16 Ret 9 8 6 7 15 Ret 2 9 Ret 20 10 13 12 13 10 42
15 Brazil André Negrão 8 10 Ret 12 12 19 3 13 4 Ret 16 15 Ret Ret 22 14 8 36
16 Colombia Carlos Huertas 4 12 10 Ret Ret 23† Ret Ret 6 6 11 7 12 15 15 18 18 35
17 Russia Daniil Move 17 7 15 14 14 15 7 9 11 Ret 14 17 15 3 25† 21 16 29
18 Finland Aaro Vainio Ret 18 16 6 8 3 27
19 Netherlands Nigel Melker 3 Ret 15
20 Russia Nikolay Martsenko 5 15 18 10 9 21 Ret Ret 18 Ret 12 Ret 14 23 21 25 20 13
21 United States Jake Rosenzweig Ret Ret Ret 6 18 11 17† Ret 12 Ret 13 16 22 20 20 17 11 8
22 New Zealand Richie Stanaway Ret 6 Ret NC Ret 8
23 Brazil Lucas Foresti 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 10 18† 14 7 18 11 13 14 10 Ret Ret 8
24 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 12 17 16 20 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 8 10 21 17 17 23 20 19 5
25 Italy Giovanni Venturini Ret 9 Ret 16 10 22 14 3
26 Switzerland Zoël Amberg 10 16 14 18 Ret 16 18 15 13 Ret Ret 13 16 18 Ret 24 22 1
27 Italy Daniel Zampieri 10 Ret 1
28 Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss 19 11 22 12 0
29 Brazil Yann Cunha 15 Ret Ret 17 11 17 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 22 21 21 19 23 21 0
30 Brazil César Ramos 12 Ret Ret Ret 0
31 Russia Anton Nebylitskiy 13 14 Ret DNS 15 20 16 Ret Ret Ret DNS 0
32 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson 14 Ret 13 19 16 0
33 Italy Davide Rigon 19 13 0
34 Germany Daniel Abt 18 24 Ret 18 16 Ret 0
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin 20 Ret 0
Pos Driver ARA
Spain
MON
Monaco
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
MSC
Russia
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
LEC
France
CAT
Spain
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
† – Retired, but classified

Teams' Championship[edit]

Pos Team Car
No.
ARA
Spain
MON
Monaco
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
MSC
Russia
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
LEC
France
CAT
Spain
Points
1 France Tech 1 Racing 7 Ret 4 4 DNS 13 14 Ret 5 3 Ret 15 18 24 Ret 18 16 Ret 234
8 DSQ 13 2 2 17 1 12 2 7 1 3 3 9 4 1 7 Ret
2 United Kingdom Arden Caterham 25 Ret 5 3 11 Ret 18 9 17 5 Ret 5 9 8 22 16 19 5 229
26 14 Ret 13 19 16 9 11 7 15 5 2 4 1 1 2 1 1
3 United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports 3 4 12 10 Ret Ret 23† Ret Ret 6 6 11 7 12 15 15 18 18 224
4 3 1 Ret 7 3 3 5 1 17 2 9 1 5 7 9 3 14
4 Czech Republic ISR 5 9 2 1 3 5 8 4 3 Ret Ret 1 10 4 10 3 2 7 187
6 Ret Ret Ret 6 18 11 17† Ret 12 Ret 13 16 22 20 20 17 11
5 United Kingdom Carlin 1 2 Ret Ret 21 1 5 8 16† 10 Ret Ret 2 23† 6 24† 5 4 165
2 6 8 12 13 8 10 13 10 8 Ret 6 23 3 11 11 4 9
6 Czech Republic Lotus 11 Ret 6 Ret NC Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 12 7 9 8 6 17 165
12 7 Ret 6 1 7 6 2 6 Ret Ret 19† 8 2 5 5 10 Ret
7 United Kingdom Comtec Racing 23 12 17 16 20 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 8 10 21 17 17 23 20 19 127
24 1 18 7 9 2 Ret 1 12 16 4 8 14 20 2 4 15 13
8 Italy International Draco Racing 21 Ret Ret 5 5 4 2 Ret 8 Ret Ret 7 6 Ret 8 7 12 15 114
22 8 10 Ret 12 12 19 3 13 4 Ret 16 15 Ret Ret 22 14 8
9 France DAMS 27 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 10 18† 14 7 18 11 13 14 10 Ret Ret 112
28 Ret 3 11 15 Ret 4 Ret 4 1 Ret 4 5 6 Ret 14 11 5
10 Russia Team RFR 17 Ret 11 8 4 Ret 13 6 14 9 11† 17† Ret 19 12 17 9 2 73
18 13 14 Ret DNS 15 20 16 Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 18 16 6 8 3
11 Netherlands P1 Motorsport 9 16 Ret 9 8 6 7 15 Ret 2 9 Ret 20 10 13 12 13 10 71
10 17 7 15 14 14 15 7 9 11 Ret 14 17 15 3 25† 21 16
12 Italy BVM Target 15 Ret 9 Ret 16 10 22 14 20 Ret 10 Ret 19 11 19 13 22 12 17
16 5 15 18 10 9 21 Ret Ret 18 Ret 12 Ret 14 23 21 25 20
13 Spain Pons Racing 19 15 Ret Ret 17 11 16 Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 22 21 21 19 23 21 1
20 10 16 14 18 Ret 17 18 15 13 Ret Ret 13 16 18 Ret 24 22
Pos Team Car
No.
ARA
Spain
MON
Monaco
SPA
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
MSC
Russia
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
LEC
France
CAT
Spain
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
† – Retired, but classified

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