Formula Renault 3.5 Series stars spend two days with Lotus Renault GP
No sooner had the dust settled on the Silverstone round of the World Seriesby Renault, than drivers from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series headed toEnstone for a two-day internship at Lotus Renault GPs headquarters. Theunique event was the product of a partnership between Eric Boulliers FormulaOne team and Renault Sport Technologies, and was hailed as a great successby all of the drivers who attended. The programme included a visit to thefactory, a marketing presentation, media training and physical and drivertraining sessions. It also featured meetings and discussions with variousmembers of the team, including driver Bruno Senna. All of these activitiescombined to give the drivers a real taste of life behind the scenes of aFormula One team.Above all, you need to be convinced that you want to make the step up toFormula One, and be sure that you want to be a Formula One driver, saidLotus Renault GP team principal and managing director Eric Boullier at theend of an intensive two days of training for the Formula Renault 3.5 Seriesdrivers. You should want it for the chance to become true professionals, andnot for the glitz, the money or the celebrity lifestyle. If you make thecommitment, youll find yourselves presented with opportunities that youllneed to be able to seize.Once again, the drivers thoroughly enjoyed their chance to spend two days onthe inside of a working Formula One team. They arrived in Enstone on Mondaymorning, fresh from a World Series by Renault weekend at Silverstone thathad attracted 120,000 fans. First up for the drivers was a visit to thefactory, where they were visibly impressed by the number of people involvedin manufacturing and developing Lotus Renault GPs two cars. The drivers thenvisited the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) centre at the teams new 60%scale wind tunnel, as well as the assembly workshop and design office all ofwhich gave them an insight into the process of creating and operating aFormula One car.A Formula One driver has to do a lot more than just drive, explained PatriceRatti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Technologies. A driver needs tohave talent, but he also needs a certain amount of charisma, as well asnatural leadership skills and the ability to attract sponsors. In addition,drivers need to know how to conduct themselves in the media spotlight, whilekeeping close bonds with the team around them. This is what we would likethe Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers to take away from this course. MrRatti added: We would like to give our warmest thanks to Lotus Renault GPand Eric Boullier for organising this course in Enstone. We are unique inoffering our drivers this kind of activity, and their attention andinvolvement over the two-day course is a clear sign of their desire to reachthe top.With this aim in mind, the drivers attended a presentation detailingeverything a Formula One team expects from its drivers, with particularfocus on the marketing aspect. After the presentation, the Formula Renault3.5 Series stars took part in what proved to be a very informative mediatraining session. On day two, the drivers performed a series of physicaltests, before later attending a Hungarian Grand Prix debriefing. This wasfollowed by a question and answer session with Lotus Renault GP strategistMathieu Dubois and driver Bruno Senna. To round off the course, the driversmet with team principal Eric Boullier, who took the time to answer as manyof their questions as possible.Its the third year in a row that weve staged this training course, saidEmmanuel Esnault, Sporting Manager at Renault Sport Technologies. As theyears pass, more and more drivers show their interest in the course. Aboveall, it provides a great opportunity for them to acquire the key skillsneeded to fulfil their dream becoming Formula One drivers. It also helpscreate bonds between the drivers, who very rarely get the chance to spendtime together outside of race weekends.The Formula Renault 3.5 Series enjoys close ties with Formula One. The nextstage of the partnership will see a number of World Series by Renaultdrivers spend a day with Lotus Renault GP at the forthcoming Italian GrandPrix at Monza. And, like every year, the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Serieschampion will take part in Formula One rookie testing. The lucky driver willtake the wheel of the Lotus Renault GP R31 for the sessions, which are to beheld at the Abu Dhabi circuit in November after the Formula One Grand Prix.