Renault Sport Academy

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The Renault Sport Academy, formerly known as RF1 Driver Programme and Renault Driver Development, is a program to support racing drivers since 2002 in their racing series. The programme was created by Renault F1 in 2002.

Selected drivers have to prove their potential on track and their athletics qualities. They promote Renault in the world.

In 2011, the programme was renamed LRGP Academy, following the rebranding of the team to "Lotus Renault GP".[1]

In 2012, the programme was renamed Lotus F1 Team iRace Professional Programme and 2013–2015, the programme was renamed Lotus F1 Junior Team.

Current drivers[edit]

Driver Years Current Series Titles
United Kingdom Jack Aitken[2] 2016–18 FIA Formula 2 Championship none as Renault Sport Academy member
China Sun Yue Yang[3] 2016–18 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship none as Renault Sport Academy member
France Sacha Fenestraz[4] 2017–18 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Formula Renault Eurocup (2017)
United Kingdom Max Fewtrell[5] 2017–18 Formula Renault Eurocup Formula Renault Eurocup (2018)
Denmark Christian Lundgaard[6] 2017–18 Formula Renault Eurocup SMP F4 Championship (2017)
F4 Spanish Championship (2017)
France Victor Martins[7] 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup none as Renault Sport Academy member
France Arthur Rougier[7] 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup none as Renault Sport Academy member

Former drivers[edit]

Renault / Lotus Renault GP[edit]

Driver Years Series competed
Brazil Fabio Carbone 2002 British Formula 3 Championship (2002)
Czech Republic Jan Charouz 2010–11 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (201011)
Auto GP (2011)
Spain Dani Clos[8] 2007 Formula 3 Euro Series (2007)
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2004, 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2004)
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 (2004)
GP2 Series (2010)
Switzerland Louis Delétraz[2] 2016 GP2 Series (2016)
Formula V8 3.5 Series (2016)
Brazil Lucas di Grassi[8] 2005–07 Formula 3 Euro Series (2005)
GP2 Series (200607)
France Loïc Duval 2004–05 Formula 3 Euro Series (200405)
Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 2011 GP2 Series (2011)
Spain Marta García 2017 Spanish F4 Championship (2017)
SMP F4 Championship (2017)
France Romain Grosjean[8] 2006–09 Formula 3 Euro Series (200607)
GP2 Asia Series (2008)
GP2 Series (200809)
United Kingdom Ben Hanley[8] 2006–08 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (200607)
GP2 Series (2008)
Switzerland Kevin Jörg[2] 2016 GP3 Series (2016)
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 2002–05 British Formula 3 Championship (2002)
World Series by Nissan (200304)
GP2 Series (2005)
Poland Robert Kubica 2002 Italian Formula Renault Championship (2002)
Argentina José María López 2003–06 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup (2003)
International Formula 3000 (2004)
GP2 Series (200506)
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 2004–05 Italian Formula Renault Championship (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2004)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2005)
Portugal Tiago Monteiro 2002 French Formula Three Championship (2002)
International Formula 3000 (2002)
Netherlands Jarno Opmeer[5] 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
France Nelson Panciatici[8] 2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
France Charles Pic[9] 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2009)
United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[2] 2016 GP2 Series (2016)
France Eric Salignon 2002–03 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2002)
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 (2002)
British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
China Ho-Pin Tung 2010–11 GP2 Series (2010)
Superleague Formula (2011)
Italy Davide Valsecchi[9] 2009 GP2 Series (2009)
Netherlands Carlo van Dam 2002 World Championship Formula Super A (2002)
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series (2004)
United Kingdom Danny Watts 2003 British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Lotus F1 (2012–2015)[edit]

Driver Years Series competed
United Kingdom Alexander Albon[10] 2013–15 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20132014)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (20132014)
France Dorian Boccolacci[10] 2012–15 kart (2012–13)
French F4 Championship (2014)
European Formula 3 Championship (2015)
United States Juan Manuel Correa[11] 2014–15 kart (2014)
Switzerland Alex Fontana 2015 Formula E (2014–15)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)
GP3 Series (GP3 Series)
Estonia Kevin Korjus[12] 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
South Africa Callan O'Keeffe[11] 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2014)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2014)
Denmark Marco Sørensen[10] 2009, 2013–15 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2009)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2009)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20132014)
GP2 Series (20142015)
FIA World Endurance Championship (2015)
New Zealand Richie Stanaway[12] 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
Philippines Marlon Stöckinger[10] 2013–15 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20132015)
GP2 Series (2015)
France Matthieu Vaxivière[10] 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2015)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fairuz Fauzy to become Renault reserve". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Allen, Peter (3 February 2016). "Renault names Ocon as F1 reserve, plus four-man academy". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (13 April 2016). "Renault signs Chinese karting driver Sun Yue Yang". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ "SACHA FENESTRAZ WINS THE 2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP TITLE". Renault Sport Academy. Renault Sport. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Aitken leads 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up". February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Garcia and Lundgaard announced to Renault Sport Academy". March 31, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "French F4 rivals Rougier and Martins become Renault juniors ahead of Eurocup moves". January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e "The Renault Driver development Programme announces its 2007 class" (PDF). Renault Sport. 14 February 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b "The Renault Driver development Programme announces its 2009 class". f1technical.net. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Lotus F1 Junior Team drivers announced". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. ^ a b Allen, Peter (2 April 2014). "O'Keeffe and Ramsay join Lotus F1 Junior Team". Paddock Scout. PaddockScout.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  12. ^ a b Allen, Peter (5 February 2012). "Lotus and Gravity launch iRace Professional Programme". Paddock Scout. Peter Allen. Retrieved 18 July 2012.

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