After the 2012 season which has been marked by a new car more modern, powerful and closer to Formula 1; with the latest evolutions, such as the DRS (Drag Reduction System), the new Formula Renault 3.5 Series follows the way of its successful precursors and promises a new season rich in spectacle.
The Formula Renault 3.5 belongs to the way which takes drivers to the highest categories as GP2 Series and Formula 1.
This car allows drivers to get familiar with technologies previously committed to F1: steering wheel with gear change and clutch paddle, carbon brakes… The Formula Renault 3.5 combines performance with reliability, sportsmanship and cost control.
Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel et recently Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne drove in Formula Renault 3.5 before entering the Formula 1 championship.
This season, the championship will consist of nine rounds, including Austria on the famous Red Bull Ring circuit for the first time ever. Teams will get their first taste of the new car on the pre-season tests in France and in Spain before going to the first race in Monza.
For its second year in the competition, DAMS is very happy to get involved with its two new drivers: Kevin Magnussen who already raced in the Series last year and the French, Norman Nato.
Jean-Paul Driot, CEO : « Welcoming promising young drivers like Kevin Magnussen and Norman Nato is always a pleasure. Norman did a nice karting career and made lots of progress in single-seater while Kevin is a very talented driver, quick and he showed excellent things in WSR last year. Tests they done in our car were very convincing though their results but also their approach with the engineers. We are delighted to have Kevin and Norman with us and we really hope to see them in F1 as soon as possible. We hope that their performance will be in keeping with the level of our joint ambitions to play for the title»