2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series

2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
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The Drivers' Championship was won by Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde.

The 2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series was the fourth Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. It began on 26 April in Monza, Italy and finished on 19 October in Barcelona, Spain after 17 races.

Regulation ChangesEdit

TechnicalEdit

After a three-year cycle, the current Formula Renault 3.5 chassis was replaced by a brand new car built by Italian racecar constructor Dallara. The new car featured flex-fuel technology and could be powered by either premium unleaded petrol or E85 bioethanol, which was a first for this level of motorsport in Europe. The Renault V6 engine, prepared by French company Solution F, will also saw its power increased from 425 horsepower (317 kW) to 500 horsepower (370 kW).

The car also featured a new carbon bodyshell, as well as a new shaped front wing, hollowed sidepods and multiple side deflectors designed to improve aerodynamic performance. However, several areas of the car, including the gearbox, rear suspension and carbon brakes, remained the same in order to keep costs under control.[1]

The new car made its first public appearance on 21 September at the Magny-Cours round of the 2007 season,[2] with development driver Andy Soucek demonstrating the car at the final round of the series in Barcelona.[3]

SportingEdit

In a change from recent years, only 26 cars (thirteen two-car teams) were allowed into the 2008 championship. The World Series by Renault organising committee announced twelve of the thirteen teams on 5 October 2007,[4] with newcomers Ultimate Signature confirmed as the final entrant on 12 October 2007.[5]

The 2008 season also saw the introduction of a new qualifying system to the FR3.5 Series.[6]

  • The 26 cars will be split into two equal groups, with each having a 20-minute session
  • The Top 6 drivers in each group (12 in total) will go forward to a 15-minute 'Super Pole' session
  • The grid for Race one is decided by reversing the finishing order of the Top 8 drivers in Super Pole. They are followed by the last four in Super Pole (in finishing order) and the remaining 14 drivers in the order they finished qualifying
  • For Race two, the Top 8 drivers from Super Pole line up in the order they finished the session, with the rest of the field decided by the finishing order of Race one

Teams and driversEdit

R = Series rookie for 2008

Team No. Driver name Status Rounds
  Tech 1 Racing 1   Julien Jousse[7] All
2   Charles Pic[7] R All
  International DracoRacing 3   Bertrand Baguette[8] All
4   Marco Barba[9] All
  Carlin Motorsport 5   Mikhail Aleshin[10] All
6   Robert Wickens[10] All
  Epsilon Euskadi 7   Mario Romancini[11] R 1–7
  Filipe Albuquerque[12] 8–9
8   Alexandre Marsoin[13] R All
  Prema Powerteam 9   Miguel Molina[14] All
10   Álvaro Barba[15] All
  RC Motorsport 11   Aleix Alcaraz[16] R 1–4
  Claudio Cantelli[17] R 5–9
12   Borja García[18] 1–3
  Duncan Tappy[19] R 4–5, 8–9
  Paolo Maria Nocera[20] R 6–7
  Pons Racing 14   Máximo Cortés[21] R 1–4
  Aleix Alcaraz[22] R 5–9
15   Marcos Martínez[21] All
  KTR 16   Daniil Move[23] 1–5
  Siso Cunill[24] R 6–9
17   Guillaume Moreau[25] 1–5
  Sergey Afanasyev[26] R 7–9
  Interwetten.com Racing 19   Salvador Durán[27] All
20   Pablo Sánchez López[27] R All
  P1 Motorsport 21   Giedo van der Garde[28] All
22   Pippa Mann[29] All
  Fortec Motorsport 23   James Walker[30] All
24   Julian Theobald[31] 1–2
  Fairuz Fauzy[32] 3–9
  Red Devil Comtec Racing 25   Marco Bonanomi[33] All
26   Pasquale Di Sabatino[34] 1–7
  Sten Pentus[35] R 9
  Ultimate Signature 27   Fabio Carbone[36] All
28   Claudio Cantelli[37] R 1–3
  Esteban Guerrieri[38] 4–9

Race calendar and resultsEdit

The calendar for the 2008 season was confirmed by Renault Sport on 9 January 2008.[39] Seven rounds formed meetings of the 2008 World Series by Renault season, with additional rounds supporting the Monza 1000km and Monaco Grand Prix.

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Rookie Winner
1 R1   Autodromo Nazionale Monza 26 April   Marcos Martínez   Giedo van der Garde   P1 Motorsport   Pablo Sánchez López
R2 27 April   Giedo van der Garde   Giedo van der Garde   Giedo van der Garde   P1 Motorsport   Charles Pic
2 R1   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 3 May   Giedo van der Garde   Bertrand Baguette   International DracoRacing   Alexandre Marsoin
R2 4 May   Marco Bonanomi   Giedo van der Garde   Giedo van der Garde   P1 Motorsport   Alexandre Marsoin
3 R1   Circuit de Monaco 25 May   Charles Pic   Charles Pic   Charles Pic   Tech 1 Racing   Charles Pic
4 R1   Silverstone Circuit 7 June   Salvador Durán   Salvador Durán   Interwetten.com Racing   Máximo Cortés
R2 8 June   Robert Wickens   Salvador Durán   Robert Wickens   Carlin Motorsport   Charles Pic
5 R1   Hungaroring 5 July   Julien Jousse   Giedo van der Garde   P1 Motorsport   Duncan Tappy
R2 6 July   Fabio Carbone   Fabio Carbone   Fabio Carbone   Ultimate Signature   Alexandre Marsoin
6 R1   Nürburgring 30 August   Fabio Carbone   Fabio Carbone   Ultimate Signature   Pablo Sánchez López
R2 31 August   Giedo van der Garde   Julien Jousse   Miguel Molina   Prema Powerteam   Pablo Sánchez López
7 R1   Bugatti Circuit 6 September   Robert Wickens   Charles Pic   Tech 1 Racing   Charles Pic
R2 7 September   Esteban Guerrieri   Robert Wickens   Giedo van der Garde   P1 Motorsport   Charles Pic
8 R1   Autódromo do Estoril 27 September   Álvaro Barba   Fabio Carbone   Ultimate Signature   Pablo Sánchez López
R2 28 September   Miguel Molina   Charles Pic   Miguel Molina   Prema Powerteam   Charles Pic
9 R1   Circuit de Catalunya 18 October   Robert Wickens   Julien Jousse   Tech 1 Racing   Charles Pic
R2 19 October   Esteban Guerrieri   Salvador Durán   Esteban Guerrieri   Ultimate Signature   Charles Pic

Season resultsEdit

  • Points for both championships were awarded as follows:
Race Qualifying
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  PP 2nd 3rd
Sprint 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Feature 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 4 2 1

The maximum number of points a driver could earn each weekend (except Monaco) was 31 and the maximum number for a team was 55.

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver MNZ
SPR

 
MNZ
FEA

 
SPA
SPR

 
SPA
FEA

 
MON
FEA

 
SIL
SPR

 
SIL
FEA

 
HUN
SPR

 
HUN
FEA

 
NÜR
SPR

 
NÜR
FEA

 
LMS
SPR

 
LMS
FEA

 
EST
SPR

 
EST
FEA

 
CAT
SPR

 
CAT
FEA

 
Points
1   Giedo van der Garde 1 1 Ret 1 2 5 2 1 21† 2 7 DNS 1 8 8 DNS Ret 137
2   Julien Jousse 3 4 Ret Ret 4 7 10 2 2 Ret 2 9 15 4 3 1 5 106
3   Fabio Carbone DSQ Ret 15 Ret 12 4 5 3 1 1 6 3 2 1 Ret 5 10 97
4   Miguel Molina Ret Ret 9 6 9 23 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 2 5 7 1 Ret 7 79
5   Mikhail Aleshin 5 5 5 3 6 Ret 18 9 15 3 DNS 6 4 9 23† 2 14 73
6   Charles Pic 9 3 Ret 12 1 15 13 18 9 Ret 12 1 6 Ret 2 8 8 69
7   Bertrand Baguette Ret Ret 1 11 5 6 16 4 4 5 5 Ret 16 Ret 4 Ret 4 69
8   Esteban Guerrieri 22 4 Ret 12 12 9 4 3 5 6 Ret 1 62
9   Salvador Durán Ret 14 2 4 16 1 3 Ret 16 4 DSQ 7 7 16 22† Ret 12 61
10   Álvaro Barba Ret 2 DNS 10 14 3 8 Ret 5 Ret 3 NC 12 2 Ret 6 Ret 58
11   Marco Bonanomi Ret DSQ 4 2 13 8 9 5 13 Ret 4 5 11 Ret 5 Ret DNS 56
12   Robert Wickens Ret Ret 14 Ret 19 9 1 Ret 8 13 18 14 22 3 12 3 3 55
13   James Walker 7 7 Ret 16 8 10 12 7 10 Ret 13 Ret 9 Ret 14 7 2 36
14   Marco Barba 12 8 Ret 20 24† 12 7 10 7 Ret 10 10 8 6 10 16† Ret 24
15   Marcos Martínez Ret Ret Ret 9 15 2 6 13 Ret 11 11 15 24 11 7 Ret Ret 21
16   Guillaume Moreau 8 6 3 14 7 13 11 Ret Ret 20
17   Pablo Sánchez López 4 Ret 8 Ret 21 21 24 8 Ret 6 8 Ret 17 13 21 12 Ret 18
18   Fairuz Fauzy 3 Ret 15 12 14 DSQ Ret 13 19 12 20 Ret 6 17
19   Alexandre Marsoin 14 Ret 6 7 20 17 25 17 6 Ret 16 11 10 20 16 9 15 17
20   Pasquale Di Sabatino 2 10 13 8 25† 11 14 11 11 Ret 15 12 14 16
21   Filipe Albuquerque 10 9 4 9 12
22   Daniil Move 13 13 11 5 22 24† 23 16 20 6
23   Duncan Tappy 16 21 6 19 14 11 10 Ret 6
24   Borja García 6 Ret Ret 15 11 5
25   Pippa Mann 10 11 16 Ret 18 19 20 15 Ret 7 19 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 13 5
26   Máximo Cortés 17 16 7 13 10 14 17 5
27   Aleix Alcaraz 11 9 Ret 18 Ret 20 22 Ret 18 Ret Ret 8 13 15 13 11 11 5
28   Claudio Cantelli 16 Ret 12 19 17 14 17 8 17 16 20 18 17 Ret 16 3
29   Mario Romancini Ret 12 10 17 23† 18 19 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 18 3
30   Siso Cunill 10 NC 18 Ret 17 18 15 Ret 1
31   Sten Pentus 14 17 0
32   Paolo Maria Nocera Ret 14 Ret 21 0
33   Julian Theobald 15 15 Ret 21 0
34   Sergey Afanasyev 17 23 19 19 Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver MNZ
SPR

 
MNZ
FEA

 
SPA
SPR

 
SPA
FEA

 
MON
FEA

 
SIL
SPR

 
SIL
FEA

 
HUN
SPR

 
HUN
FEA

 
NÜR
SPR

 
NÜR
FEA

 
LMS
SPR

 
LMS
FEA

 
EST
SPR

 
EST
FEA

 
CAT
SPR

 
CAT
FEA

 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
  • Polesitter for feature race in bold
  • Driver in italics has been awarded two points for fastest lap
  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
MNZ
SPR

 
MNZ
FEA

 
SPA
SPR

 
SPA
FEA

 
MON
FEA

 
SIL
SPR

 
SIL
FEA

 
HUN
SPR

 
HUN
FEA

 
NÜR
SPR

 
NÜR
FEA

 
LMS
SPR

 
LMS
FEA

 
EST
SPR

 
EST
FEA

 
CAT
SPR

 
CAT
FEA

 
Points
1   Tech 1 Racing 1 3 4 Ret Ret 4 7 10 2 2 Ret 2 9 15 4 3 1 5 175
2 9 3 Ret 12 1 15 13 18 9 Ret 12 1 6 Ret 2 8 8
2   Ultimate Signature 27 DSQ Ret 15 Ret 12 4 5 3 1 1 6 3 2 1 Ret 5 10 159
28 16 Ret 12 19 17 22 4 Ret 12 12 9 4 3 5 6 Ret 1
3   P1 Motorsport 21 1 1 Ret 1 2 5 2 1 21† 2 7 DNS 1 8 8 DNS Ret 142
22 10 11 16 Ret 18 19 20 15 Ret 7 19 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 13
4   Prema Powerteam 9 Ret Ret 9 6 9 23 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 2 5 7 1 Ret 7 137
10 Ret 2 DNS 10 14 3 8 Ret 5 Ret 3 NC 12 2 Ret 6 Ret
5   Carlin Motorsport 5 5 5 5 3 6 Ret 18 9 15 3 DNS 6 4 9 23 2 14 128
6 Ret Ret 14 Ret 19 9 1 Ret 8 13 18 14 22 3 12 3 3
6   International DracoRacing 3 Ret Ret 1 11 5 6 16 4 4 5 5 Ret 16 Ret 4 Ret 4 93
4 12 8 Ret 20 24† 12 7 10 7 Ret 10 10 8 6 10 16 Ret
7   Interwetten.com 19 Ret 14 2 4 16 1 3 Ret 16 4 DSQ 7 7 16 22 Ret 12 79
20 4 Ret 8 Ret 21 21 24 8 Ret 6 8 Ret 17 13 21 12 Ret
8   Red Devil Team Comtec 25 Ret DSQ 4 2 13 8 9 5 13 Ret 4 5 11 Ret 5 Ret DNS 72
26 2 10 13 8 25† 11 14 11 11 Ret 15 12 14 14 17
9   Fortec Motorsport 23 7 7 Ret 16 8 10 12 7 10 Ret 13 Ret 9 Ret 14 7 2 53
24 15 15 Ret 21 3 Ret 15 12 14 DSQ Ret 13 19 12 20 Ret 6
10   Epsilon Euskadi 7 Ret 12 10 17 23† 18 19 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 18 10 9 4 9 32
8 14 Ret 6 7 20 17 25 17 6 Ret 16 11 10 20 16 9 15
11   Pons Racing 14 17 16 7 13 10 14 17 Ret 18 Ret Ret 8 13 15 13 11 11 29
15 Ret Ret Ret 9 15 2 6 13 Ret 11 11 15 24 11 7 Ret Ret
12   KTR 16 13 13 11 5 22 24† 23 16 20 10 NC 18 Ret 17 18 15 Ret 27
17 8 6 3 14 7 13 11 Ret Ret 17 23 19 19 Ret Ret
13   RC Motorsport 11 11 9 Ret 18 Ret 20 22 14 17 8 17 16 20 18 17 Ret 16 16
12 6 Ret Ret 15 11 16 21 6 19 Ret 14 Ret 21 14 11 10 Ret
Pos Team Car
No.
MNZ
SPR

 
MNZ
FEA

 
SPA
SPR

 
SPA
FEA

 
MON
FEA

 
SIL
SPR

 
SIL
FEA

 
HUN
SPR

 
HUN
FEA

 
NÜR
SPR

 
NÜR
FEA

 
LMS
SPR

 
LMS
FEA

 
EST
SPR

 
EST
FEA

 
CAT
SPR

 
CAT
FEA

 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

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