WSR Silverstone weekend

There was some hot single-seater action this weekend with World Series by Renault taking to the track at Silverstone. The series was supported by the Formula Renault Eurocup, Formula Renault UK, and some other series. Click through to read the reports.

In Formula Renault UK, the championship leader Alex Lynn continued his dominance of the series with two more poles, two more fastest laps, and two more wins. So far this season he’s had 10 wins, 11 poles (10 of which resulted in a win and he was disqualified from the 11th which he would have won) and 8 fastest laps. In the first race, Felix Serralles came second and Daniel Cammish third. Tio Ellinas came fourth but took points for third due to Serralles’s ineligibility for points. In the second race, Oliver Rowland, who is third in the championship, came second, and third was Felix Serralles, though the points went to Mitchell Gilbert. Apart from one podium and one pole this season, Jordan King hasn’t had any fantastic results. He came 8th and 9th, and sits 8th in the championship.

The Eurocup next, and championship leader Robin Frijns won both races. Frijns has only had one pole this season, back at Spa, and the poles today were taken by Carlos Sainz, Jr. in the first race and Alex Lynn in the second. Lynn also took part in the Eurocup round at Hungary.
The first race podium was completed by Alex Riberas of Spain and Britain’s Will Stevens. Will is also a FR UK driver, but is taking part in a full Eurocup season and currently stands 4th in the championship. In the second race, Alex Lynn took second and French driver Paul-Loup Chatin came third.

Today’s 3.5 race was dominated as ever by the Carlin team, who sealed the teams championship with two wins for Robert Wickens and a fourth-place finish for Jean-Eric Vergne in the second race. With Wickens’ car in Marussia Virgin colours, it must have been a strange sight for a lot of the spectators.
GP3 driver Nick Yelloly was having a good race for Pons on the Saturday, coming home sixth, but due to a problem with the fuel machine that I don’t quite understand, there was not enough fuel left in the car at the end and he was disqualified. He struggled in the second race, especially since he had never taken a pit stop before.
Meanwhile, after a bad World Series weekend in Hungary, Daniel Ricciardo returned to the site of his first F1 race to take both second places. He would have come third in the second race, but both Fortec cars were disqualified for a technical problem with the wheel nuts (?!?). Sometimes you have to wonder if they’re making these problems up as they go. That promoted Daniel’s teammate Nathanael Berthon into his best-ever finish. Nathanael had come fourth in the first race, but took third in ths second and has jumped up to 12th in the championship. Rossi did take third in the first race, and is now 2 points behind Kevin Korjus.
With 362 points, Carlin are guaranteed the team’s championship with only four races left to go. Their next opponents are ISR, who have 160 points. The maximum points for a team in any race is – just like F1 – 43. That’s a potential of 172 points remaining, but Carlin are 202 in the lead. Which is utterly fantastic, of course. Carlin have dominated here just as they do in British F3.
There are a potential 100 points left for an individual driver in Formula Renault. This means that any of the top six drivers are still mathematically able to win: Wickens, vergne, Ricciardo, Costa, Korjus or Rossi. This one could go down to the wire, though the two leading drivers have won the last four races, and they’re both in Carlin so they have a very good chance. Ricciardo is 73 points behind Wickens, and he’s in third. This one is going to Wickens or Vergne.

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