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Melville McKee - Motorland AragonOliver Rowland got Manor MP Motorsport’s Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season off to a successful start at Motorland Aragon in Spain on Sunday, 28th April, by racing to a tremendous podium finish in the second encounter of the weekend – the British driver ending the event sixth in the points table.

With torrential rain having a major bearing on the track action throughout the season-opening race meeting, the first two rounds of 2013 were challenging to say the least for all involved but in round two the former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner produced a spectacular drive.

The action started behind the Safety Car due to the treacherous conditions but when the racing proper got underway, Rowland made an outstanding start from fifth place to immediately slice past Jake Dennis and Luca Ghiotto to move into third.

Attacking second placed Egor Orudzhev, Rowland tried everything he could to carve open an opportunity but with the severe spray making any chance of overtaking near to impossible the Briton eventually – and very sensibly – settled for third position.

“It wasn’t like Spanish weather this weekend”, reflected Manor MP Motorsport’s Tony Shaw, “Rain, rain and more rain, it was non-stop. We’re pretty happy how it all turned out though and it’s great to be on the podium on the first weekend.

“Qualifying for race two went well for Oliver, it was very close between the top three guys and any one of them could have been on pole. Anyway, we started P5 with him and he had a mega start, he was definitely quicker than the guy in second place but the visibility was really bad so he chose to take the points for third which was the right thing.”

In round one on Saturday, 27th April, Rowland also finished in the points in 10th position after a fairly sedate race. Starting in ninth, he slipped to 10th early on before regaining ninth but was pushed back once again to 10th place three laps from the end.

Fellow Briton Melville McKee did a superb job on his first outing at the wheel of the brand new 2013 FR 2.0 car and produced two excellent races. Making a sensational start from 16th on the grid in round one, McKee scythed his way through into the top 12 on the first lap alone and remained there until late in the race when he gained one more position at the expense of the retiring Ed Jones.

In the Safety Car-started second round, McKee moved up from 12th place to 11th when racing began and climbed into the points-paying top 10 on lap six. Holding station for the next four laps, only the slightest error on the final tour prevented him from taking away some points as he slipped to 11th.

“Melville did a really good job all weekend”, said Shaw, “In the first race he was very strong and in race two only a small mistake at the end cost him some places. It really was a shame, he deserved to be in the points but, nonetheless, he did a really good job and especially as he’d never driven this new spec of Formula Renault before the weekend.”

Argentinian racer Javier Merlo had a very eventful debut outing in race one with a continually chopping and changing order just outside the top 20. Moving into 24th on lap one, he slipped back, regained a position and then dropped back again before having to finally settle for 26th position at the chequered flag.

In the incredibly difficult rain-lashed second race on Sunday, which offered a particularly steep learning curve for the South American, he progressed from 32nd on the 37-car grid into 29th position but eventually had to settle for 30th place at the finish.

Shaw said: “Javier just needs more track time, it wasn’t such an easy weekend for him with the rain – it made it difficult to get into a rhythm and learn. All he needs is time in the car and to adjust to being at this level, Eurocup is really competitive but he will get stronger as the season goes on.”

Rounds three and four of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season will take place on 1st/2nd June at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Provisional 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Standings (after Rd2):
6th Oliver Rowland, 16pts; No Score – Melville McKee & Javier Merlo

Provisional 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Team Standings (after Rd2):
5th Manor MP Motorsport, 16pts

Photo by Dutch Photo Agency.

Prema PowerteamPrema Powerteam has been off to a sensational start in the opening weekend for the F.Renault ALPS Series at Vallelunga. The Italian-based squad, managed by Angelo Rosin, developed the new car’s 2013 upgrade package in perfect fashion after having made their way back to the Fast Lane Promotion championship in the closing part of last season.

Bruno Bonifacio scored the pole, then won Race 1 and was set to repeat but a deplorable maneuver by Nyck De Vries at Tornantino prevented him from doing so. And while the Brazilian gave proof of amazing strength, the whole team was overwhelmed by Antonio Fuoco’s performance. The Cosenza-based Ferrari Driver Academy man clocked the second fastest lap in qualifying before ending up Race 1 in second an scoring an outstanding win in Race 2.

Fuoco, who was behind De Vries and Bonifacio, inherited the lead and kept it all the way to the finish. Luca Ghiotto completed the Prema weekend at Vallelunga in perfect fashion. After scoring the 6th fastest lap of qualifying, he took rounded out the top-5 in Race 1 before finishing second in Race 2. Thanks to this weekend’s results, Fuoco is leading in the ALPS standings with 43 points, followed by Ghiotto (28). Bonifacio is fourth with 25 points.

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“It’s been definitely an awesome start with us in the F.Renault ALPS, and it’s the second one after the great first round of the season in the FIA European F.3 Championship. At Vallelunga, all our drivers cruised to the podium, we hit the pole and two wins. I had predicted a positive start based on the great job done by the team and by Bonifacio, Fuoco and Ghiotto in testing, but the real thing surpassed even the brightest expectations. And although Bonifacio and Ghiotto were all but set for some top results, I’m astonished by what Fuoco was able to accomplish as a rookie throughout the weekend. I’m genuinely impressed”.

Bruno BonifacioThe F.Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship will be back underway this weekend at Vallelunga, and Prema Powerteam is aiming high at the Rome-bound racetrack by fielding three cars for Bruno Bonifacio, Antonio Fuoco and Luca Ghiotto. Both Bonifacio and Ghiotto will rely on a good amount of experience as they lined-up with Prema in last season’s F.Abarth series, while Fuoco, coming from the Ferrari Driver Academy, will be at his open-wheel debut. After having sampled the F.Renault environment last season, the Prema stable make their full-time return in a series that brought them sensational results between 2000 and 2008.

Good vibes have come throughout winter testing as the Prema drivers worked hard in the development of their new racecars. The Vallelunga weekend will take-off with the running of three, hour-long practice sessions on Friday, April the 6th at 9.30, 12.15 and 17.05. Qualifying will be held on Saturday at 10.15, followed by Race 1 at 17.00. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 15:00.

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“We’re heading towards Vallelunga and we’re happy to be back in the Renault camp and on a roster featuring almost 40 cars. We are always eager to find new challenges and this is clearly one of them. We will line-up against some great teams and their talented drivers, young men who will surely become very successful in motor racing in the future. We will line-up with Bonifacio and Ghiotto, and they both had the chance to try this championship in the latest stages of last season. They are top racers and they have all what it takes to deliver good results. The same goes for Fuoco. Despite the fact that he’ll be making his open-wheel debut, he already showed excellent skills in testing”.

Photo by Roberto Piccinini.

Shahaan EngineerFormula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup contender Shahaan Engineer made a great start to his preparations for the 2013 season, his second in car racing, at Assen in The Netherlands last week by recording the fastest time during the final session and day of the official two-day collective test.

With snow affecting running on Thursday, 21st March, and freezing conditions prevalent throughout Friday, 22nd March, the wintry weather certainly made things challenging but the Indian-born racer lit up the timing screens with a best lap of 1m35.444 seconds.

Shahaan, who currently resides and studies in the UK, is now looking to consolidate the performance at Assen as his second season with Fortec Motorsports in the popular and hotly contested Northern European Cup edges ever closer. The FIA authorised championship is heading for another record-breaking season this year with at least 40 registered drivers, representing 17 different nationalities.

Away from the track, Shahaan recently became part of the McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) ‘Performance Academy’ which combines the best knowledge for driver development, using McLaren experience, and athletic enhancement from MAT’s work with elite sports teams. The result is a programme of assessment and monitoring, allowing a driver to achieve their full winning potential.

Speaking on Shahaan’s involvement with the initiative, manager of the Human Performance Programme Clayton Green said: “We are very happy to be working with Shahaan this year, maximising his performance for this season and assisting in his development with an eye on his longer term career aspirations.”

Keep up-to-date with Shahaan’s latest news during the year at www.shahaan.com follow him on Twitter @ShahaanEngineer and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShahaanEngineer

Lotus F1 Junior TeamLotus F1 Team is proud to announce its roster of drivers for the newly launched Lotus F1 Junior Team. The seven drivers announced today will be supported by the team in all areas of driving skills, physical fitness, health and nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principals, as well as PR training.

The seven drivers will contest within a variety of motorsport championships from the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Series through the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 to KF category karting.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team;
“Lotus F1 Junior Team takes our previous i-Race Professional young driver academy and builds on it to be more closely aligned with the Formula 1 team and all the benefits brought by this association. We have announced seven highly talented drivers, many of whom will be competing against their fellow team-mates from the programme. We’re offering an in-depth and highly beneficial training regime which should encourage these drivers to develop and perform at their very best. Motorsport can be very daunting for young drivers, particularly everything that occurs away from the track, so we hope to give our drivers the very best preparation possible for their future careers.”

The 2013 Lotus F1 Junior Team
Marco Sørensen, 22, Denmark, FR 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team
Marlon Stockinger, 21, Philippines, FR 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team
Alex Fontana, 20, Switzerland, GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport
Oscar Tunjo,17, Colombia, Eurocup FR 2.0 with Kaufmann Racing
Esteban Ocon, 16, France, Eurocup FR 2.0 with ART Junior Team
Alexander Albon, 16, Thailand, Eurocup FR 2.0 team TBA
Dorian Boccolacci, 14, France, Go Kart International KF category with Energy Corse

Q&As with the 2013 Lotus F1 Junior Team Drivers

Marco Sørensen – Denmark – World Series by Renault

How did you come to be involved with the Lotus F1 Team Junior programme?
At the end of 2011 I was contacted by Gravity Sports Management and the Charouz team to take part in a World Series by Renault test. The deal was that I had to be quickest for them to take a closer look at me which was tricky as it was a big step up from Formula 3, so it’s great to be here and I think this association with the team can only be good for my career in terms of exposure to the top levels of motorsport.

What are your targets for this season in World Series by Renault?
I had some bad luck last year where mechanical issues ended my race whilst in the lead which meant P5 in the championship when it could have been more. At the end, it all comes down to results; if you don’t perform then you won’t progress, so I’m hoping for a bit more good fortune this year and am looking forward to taking on a new challenge with the Lotus F1 Junior Team.

Marlon Stockinger – Philippines – World Series by Renault

How significant is joining the Lotus F1 Junior Team programme to your career?
It’s a great feeling to be associated with such a prestigious team. If you look back through the years as Benetton and Renault you can see that this team knows how to win championships, so to be surrounded by that heritage is a big honour for me. I really want to make the most of it and am looking forward to wearing the team colours with pride.

It’s a big year for you making the step up to World Series by Renault; what are your thoughts heading into the season?
Of course, every driver wants to win, but I understand it’s a big step moving into a new category so learning is the most important thing. Starting with testing, I need to take in as much as I can and from there it’s all about consistency and building a strong platform to progress through the ranks. I’m aiming to make a good start and develop as much as I can as the championship progresses.

Alex Fontana – Switzerland – GP3 Series

Being part of the Lotus F1 Junior Team must be a big boost to your ambitions?
Definitely! I haven’t been part of a management programme before and it’s always tough for a young driver to find the backing and experience to help you progress. Being part of Lotus F1 Junior Team will definitely help to give me those things and it’s great to have people really behind you, pushing you to do the best you can. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.

This will be your first full year in the GP3 Series; what are you looking for from your debut season?
I competed in a couple of races last year alongside the FIA Formula 2 championship and managed to take P4 in Spa, so I have had a good introduction to the championship already. This year the cars have changed slightly and will have a bit more power so it’s not going to be an easy transition, but my aim is to prove my ability over the course of the season and hopefully move on to the GP2 Series or World Series by Renault next year. If you want to get into Formula 1 – which is the ultimate target for any young driver in single-seater categories – then these are the ideal stepping stones to the top level.

Oscar Tunjo – Colombia – Formula Renault 2.0

What does being a member of Lotus F1 Junior Team mean to you?
It’s a big motivation. Just being at Enstone, walking around the factory and learning from all the team members who have such huge knowledge of their respective areas is fantastic. On top of that, I’ve been working with people who have coached so many world class drivers over the years and their experience is something that has made a big difference to me already. It’s a privilege to be part of the team.

You’re competing in Formula Renault 2.0 for the third year in 2013; what’s the aim for the season ahead?
I had a solid start in 2011 but 2012 was a tough year for me, so now I’m even more determined to come back and push for the championship. I feel like I have all the elements in place to make a strong challenge, so my goal is to be consistently at the front of the pack in every session; taking podiums and hopefully as many wins as possible along the way. My motivation is higher than ever to perform as part of the Lotus F1 Junior Team programme.

Esteban Ocon – France – Formula Renault 2.0

How does it feel to be part of the Lotus F1 Junior Team?
I’m familiar with Enstone having been with the Gravity Sports Management programme for the last four years, but it’s great to be associated with a team at the top level of motorsport. I’m trying not to think too much about the link to Formula 1 as it’s important to focus on what you are doing now and not look too far into the future, but I think for any young driver that must be the ultimate goal.

You’ll be taking on the Formula Renault 2.0 series for the second season in 2013; with your debut done and dusted, what would you be happy with this year?
Winning the championship has to be the goal; even if I can’t win every race, I want to be one of the drivers at the front all the way through the season. Last year I learned that consistency is the key, so my aim is to be up there fighting from start to finish.

Dorian Boccolacci – France – KF2 Karting

You’ve been coming to Enstone since the beginning of 2012; how have you enjoyed it so far?
It’s great to be part of the team; being at the factory is a real experience and to be surrounded by people who have worked with the best drivers in the world means I have the best people to learn from. Seeing what another French driver, Romain Grosjean, has achieved with the team has also been a big inspiration to me and so to be part of the setup at Enstone is a big thing for me.

You’re competing in the KF2 World Karting Championships this year; what are your aims for the year ahead?
The goal is always to win, and if you can’t win every time then to pick up the maximum points possible through the year is the most important thing. I managed to break into the top five in the World Championships last year, so the target is to be right at the front this season.

Alexander Albon – Thailand – Formula Renault 2.0

What does the Lotus F1 Junior Team programme mean to you?
It’s great to be a part of this programme. Being at the factory in Enstone is an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from my time there. Hopefully this will give me an even better chance to progress over the course of the season and put me in good shape for the future.

You’ll be tackling Formula Renault 2.0 for the second year in succession in 2013; what’s the plan for the season ahead?
Last year was a very tough one for me, so I’m almost thinking of this as my first real season. The first step will be to improve my consistency and take regular points finishes. With that baseline I’ll then be looking to push towards the top five, the podium and eventually race wins, but the priority is to take things step-by-step and develop a good solid platform to progress. Last year didn’t give me much of an opportunity to see where I stand, so I’m really looking forward to being able to show what I can do.

Seb MorrisBritish Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) ‘Rising Star’ Seb Morris, the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series Champion, will graduate full-time into the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) this year as part of an unprecedented eight-car entry fielded by British squad Fortec Motorsports.

The 17-year-old Welshman, from Marford near Wrexham, enjoyed a sensational maiden season in single-seaters last year in the UK-based Protyre Formula Renault Championship where he became a multiple race winner and concluded the season third overall.

Going on to win the Winter Series title, his third car racing championship success in three years, Seb also set the scene for a move into European action with a strong debut outing at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC.

Remaining with Daventry-based Fortec for his 2013 campaign, the Ginetta Ambassador – who was Ginetta Junior Winter Series Champion in 2010 and Ginetta Junior Champion in 2011 – will be part of the quartet which will run under the banner ‘Fortec Competition’. Further bolstering Seb’s bid this year will be the same crew of mechanics and engineers with whom he worked last season.

“It’s fantastic to be stepping-up to into the NEC this year and especially with the guys at Fortec, I’m really looking forward to it”, commented Seb, “Everyone who worked on my car in Protyre Formula Renault will be doing NEC with me so that’s really positive. I don’t have to spend lots of time getting to know a new team, we can just go out there and try and carry on how we finished last year.

“I know there are some big names doing the championship, and it will be our first season in Europe, but I’m going out there to win the title. We’re under no illusions how tough it will be, it’s an incredibly competitive championship and there will be a lot of new circuits to learn, but my intention is to try and win some races and be in the fight for the title.”

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC will be contested across seven race weekends, beginning at Hockenheim in Germany on 6th/7th April and concluding at Zandvoort in The Netherlands on 12th/13th October. The series will make one visit to the UK during the season, to Silverstone in Northamptonshire over the weekend 1st/2nd June.

Away from the track, Seb is continuing his A-Levels at Abbey Gate College near Chester in addition to studying for the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, which is run through Loughborough University.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Matt Rao - HillspeedChampionship winning Protyre Formula Renault team Hillspeed is delighted to officially confirm Matt Rao as its initial driver signing for the 2013 campaign, the 18-year-old set to embark on his first full season in the category.

Having debuted in Protyre Formula Renault with Hillspeed during last year’s championship finale, before remaining with the Hathersage squad for the 2012 Winter Series, Rao is setting his sights on mounting a consistently strong challenge this season and becoming a regular top five runner.

Prior to his graduation into ‘slicks and wings’ action, the Oxford Brookes University student raced for two years in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Finishing second in the Scholarship Class in 2011, the Briton – who also has a family home in Toulouse, France – went on to become Duratec Class Champion last year with one victory and 11 other podiums.

“Ideally, I want to be finishing in the top five most weekends and trying to mount a challenge for a few podiums but we’ll have to see where we are when the season starts”, said Rao, “The winter has gone really well, we did the Winter Series and we’ve done a lot of running in testing – we put in over 1,000 miles at Guadix – so we’ve been preparing well.

“I have quite a smooth style and the wings of the Formula Renault help that, you need to be a lot more precise with the Renault and that definitely suits me more. The team is great, they’re a really nice bunch of guys and they know what they’re doing. We’ve all gelled well and I’m really looking forward to the season.”

Hillspeed, of course, has enjoyed a great deal of success in recent years in Protyre Formula Renault with the highlight being championship victory in 2010 with Alice Powell, who has since gone on to graduate into FIA Formula One World Championship support category GP3 Series.

The Derbyshire team has also won the Winter Series title twice, in 2008 with James Theodore and in 2011 with Spaniard Victor Jimenez. In addition, Hillspeed also steered Richard Singleton to the 2007 Formula Renault UK Winter Series title.

“It’s great to officially confirm Matt for Protyre Formula Renault this year, he’s had a very positive winter during testing and we’re confident he’s going to make big strides”, said Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “We enjoyed working with him at the end of last season and through the Winter Series and we’re delighted to be able to continue that relationship into 2013.”

Hillspeed is still talking to several other drivers regarding its Protyre Formula Renault programme and is expected to confirm its second signing in due course.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Bruno BonifacioBruno Bonifacio and Prema Powerteam will be back together in 2013. The 18-year-old Brazilian racer is set to join the Vicenza-based squad for this season’s Eurocup F.Renault and F.Renault ALPS series. A native of Sao Paulo, Bonifacio won the 2011 South American F.3 Light championship before ending up in third in last season’s Formula Abarth series. After having enjoyed a positive run with Angelo Rosin and his staff, he decided to continue a relationship that dates back to the second half of 2011. Bonifacio has the right potential to succeed in some high-quality championships like Eurocup and ALPS. His quick transition to Renault racing has emerged clearly in the latter stages of 2012, when he was lined-up in the last races of the Eurocup and in the Norther European NEC competition. The great results scored can be a perfect stepping stone for 2013.

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“We are proud and cheered-up for relying on the services of a fast and consistent driver like Bonifacio in two demanding championships like Eurocup and ALPS. This Brazilian driver is hungry for some serious success and battle with some high-quality opponents in a very competitive environment. I’m sure that Bruno has all what it takes to stay at the top consistently, and that consistency will be key throughout the year…”

Bruno Bonifacio
“It’s gonna be an intense 2013 season as we’ll be facing two top-notch championships. This is the reason I decided to stay with Prema, an extremely competitive and professional team that work hard on every single detail. I’ll be at my second season with them after the fantastic 2012 experience in the F.Abarth Series. I look forward to hit the podium as frequently as possible, both in the Eurocup and in the ALPS championships, and enjoy the same positive feeling I experienced in the final few races of the F.Renault championships”

Shahaan EngineerShahaan Engineer will remain with leading squad Fortec Motorsports for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup after today, Monday, 21st January, finalising a new deal with the reigning champion team.

The teenager delivered a highly successful debut season in single-seaters last year in the ultra-competitive Northern European series, ending the championship seventh in the standings from more than 50 registered drivers and finishing 2012 as the best of the car racing rookies.

“I’m pleased to have re-signed with Fortec for this year, I had a great first season in cars with the guys last year and I know we can build strongly on that this season”, said Shahaan, “The new car will obviously be a fresh challenge but one I’m really looking forward to, it should be an exciting year.”

Shahaan produced a number of stand-out performances in 2012 where he was the youngest racer in the championship. Qualifying third fastest on his debut weekend at Hockenheim in Germany, the then 16-year-old went on to solidify his position among the prime challengers.

Achieving his first category pole position at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, part of a triple front-row qualifying performance during the penultimate event of the season, the young driver went on to take back-to-back podium finishes and accrue the highest points score of anyone that weekend.

Speaking on the opportunity to continue working with Shahaan, Fortec’s Jamie Dye said: “We are delighted to re-sign Shahaan, 2012 saw the strongest grids in NEC yet and it was a learning year for Shahaan against tough competition in his first full season of racing in single-seaters.

“It was a great learning opportunity for him and by achieving double poles mid-season and strong finishes along the way, including back to back podiums, it gives him the strength and experience to attack from the start of the new season. Fortec would like to thank Shahaan for the faith he has shown in the team and we wish him the best of success for the coming season.”

Germany’s Hockenheimring will host the opening weekend of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC action on 6th/7th April before the series visits the Nurburgring, Silverstone in the UK, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Assen in The Netherlands and Most in the Czech Republic. Zandvoort in The Netherlands will be the venue for the championship finale over the weekend 12th/13th October.

Keep up-to-date with Shahaan’s latest news during the year at www.shahaan.com follow him on Twitter @ShahaanEngineer and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShahaanEngineer

Gustav Malja17-year-old Gustav Malja is ready for the next challenge in his international formula car career, when he in 2013 takes the step up to the highly competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Malja has signed for the German top team Josef Kaufmann Racing, who brought both Dutchman Robin Frijns (newly appointed test driver for Sauber in Formula 1) and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne to gold in the championship in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup attracts one of the largest starting field of nearly 40 cars, and is part of the event package World Series by Renault. Malja – who finished second in the German ADAC Formula Masters in 2012 – will also participate in the three selected rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) during the season.

- This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am incredibly happy – and honored – for this opportunity with such a successful team as Josef Kaufmann Racing is, says Gustav Malja. Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup is an enormously tough championship which will take place at some of Europe’s premier race tracks, and I am convinced that this is the right environment for my continued development as a driver. I’ve already tested with the team on several occasions in the winter and thrive in their way to work. As a newcomer in the championship, I have to be realistic, and I’m very humbled by the challenge that awaits. It is great to have everything ready already at this early stage, and I’m really looking forward to getting started with the season!

Josef Kaufmann Racing was founded in 1982 and has over the years worked with drivers like Gerhard Berger, Nico Hülkenberg, Esteban Gutiérrez, Christian Vietoris and Sébastien Buemi. For Malja awaits initially a series of pre-season tests in the south Europe, where he gets a first chance to get acquainted with the new car introduced in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup for 2013.

- We are very pleased to have Gustav on our side in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013, says Josef Kaufmann (Team Manager, Josef Kaufmann Racing). He showed how talented he is in the ADAC Formula Masters in 2012, and was the most consistent driver in the championship. He continued to impress us during the winter tests – despite his limited experience – and we are confident that he will be a force to reckon with even as a rookie next season. Competition in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup is fierce and gives Gustav a perfect opportunity to develop behind the wheel, and together we are well prepared for a successful 2013.

The season opener of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup takes place in Motorland Aragon, Spain, 27-28 April. The overall winner of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup will be rewarded with a check for €500,000 by French Renault Sport.