Top 10 Formula Renault 3.5 Drivers So Far in 2013

10 – Sergey Sirotkin – Russia – ISR
The Russian driver linked to the Formula 1 drive at Sauber next year has done very well this year in Formula Renault, and scored his maiden podium at Aragon in atrocious weather conditions.  Three other points finishes puts him P9 in the championship.  If ISR can give him a decent car, he (and his teammate Christopher Zanella) can fight at the front for big points and possibly wins.

9 – William Buller – Great Britain – Zeta Corse 
The fact I’m putting a driver who has only competed in the last two events in the top 10 says something for the talent of this young Brit.  Since joining the series in Moscow, he’s finished in the top 6 in 3 out of 4 races, already putting him in the top 10 in the championship standings.  One to look out for in the future I feel.

8 – Arthur Pic – France – AV Formula
In Adrian Valles’ new team to the series, the younger of the Pic brothers is doing a good job in his second year in the series.  A podium in Aragon after a double points finish in Monza shows just how quick this Frenchman is.  Must improve his qualifying however, but three other points paying finishes sees him sit P8 in the current Championship standings.

7 – Nico Muller – Switzerland – International Draco Racing
Seven points finishes including a fantastic, well driven win at Monaco sees the Swiss driver sit P7 in the championship standings at present.  Aside from his win however he hasn’t revisited the podium, something he will want to address in the remainder of the season.  Has scored points at every venue so far this year, something to be proud of.

6 – Nigel Melker – Netherlands – Tech 1 Racing
The Dutch driver has driven superbly so far this year, with four podium finishes already, in Spa, Moscow and a double in Austria.  Sits P4 in the championship with 100 points, and has only missed out on scoring points in three races all year.  Is only sixth in my list due to his lack of wins, something he’ll want to address in the remainder of the year.

5 – Marco Sorensen – Denmark – Lotus
Double winner last time out in Austria, the Dane has had a quietly impressive season with the Lotus outfit, and sits sixth in the championship at present.  A podium in Monaco kick-started his season, and has only failed to score once since.  Deserved his wins at the Red Bull Ring, dominating the whole weekend with two poles on top of his victories.  Probably out of the championship hunt, but has showed how good he is on a number of occasions.

4 – Antonio Felix da Costa – Portugal – Arden Caterham
One of the quickest drivers out there, but finding his luck this year is no where near as good as it was when he joined mid-season last year.  Has had the speed to challenge at the front, but car issues has seen him limited to one win in Monza and two other podium finishes in Spa and Moscow.  Sits P5 in the championship, but possibly out of the championship hunt despite being favourite pre-season.

3 – Will Stevens – Great Britain – P1 By Strakka Racing
The Brit has had a good season to date, and sits third in the championship despite not reaching the top step of the podium all year.  Deserves a win to add to his two seconds and a third place.  Signed up recently by the Caterham F1 team to join their youth development system, something well deserved.  Always seems to be up near the front.

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2 – Stoffel Vandoorne – Belgium – Fortec Motorsports
The reigning Formula Renault 2.0 champion has had an amazing start to his career in the bigger cars.  Sits P2 in the championship having won four times, including first time out in Monza despite a badly-flatspotted tyre.  A double pole & podium in Moscow was just amazing, but his double non-points finish in Austria could cost him the championship.  Belgium’s new superstar racing driver for sure, and a McLaren junior driver too.  The future is bright.

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1 – Kevin Magnussen – Denmark – DAMS
The son of former F1 racer Jan, Magnussen leads the standings by 27 point with three rounds remaining, only failing to score in one event all year (race 1 in Moscow).  Has eight podium finishes including two wins in Aragon and Spa, and is odds on for the championship.  The McLaren junior driver has proved consistency is the way to get to the front of this championship, and if he continues like this, I cannot see anyone catching him before the end of the season.

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One thought on “Top 10 Formula Renault 3.5 Drivers So Far in 2013

  1. Rosetta April 22, 2014 at 1:02 am Reply

    Cheers for a great write up. Truly interesting.

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