The grid comprised 20 of the latest generation Formula Renault cars which, new for 2019, continue the category’s enviable reputation as a training ground for future F1 stars which dates back over 30 years.
The current cars are closer in looks and feel to modern F1 machinery with driver cockpit safety designs such as a ‘halo’. Engines are race specification versions of the 1.8 turbocharged powerplant found in the new Megane R.S.
Among the teams is FA Racing – owned by Renault’s double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.
However it was R-ace GP which did all the winning at Silverstone with its Australian driver Oscar Piatri picking up two victories that have moved him into the championship lead.
In race one, held on Silverstone’s full F1 circuit lay-out, he led home Brazilian João Vieira (JD Motorsport) and Czech Petr Ptáček (Bhaitech).
He was fortunate though as his Russian R-ace GP team-mate Alexander Smolyar had led initially before being forced to retire his car.
In race two Piastri led all the way, this time ahead of Smolyar who took second. France’s Victor Martins (MP Motorsport) was third.
From Silverstone the FRenault Eurocup heads this weekend to its ‘blue riband’ event – two rounds supporting the world famous Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
After that further 14 rounds – two each at seven more events – will follow to make up a full 20-round calendar. Six of those events will also take place at active F1 circuits: Paul Ricard (France); Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium); Hungaroring (Hungary); Barcelona (Spain); Hockenheim (Germany) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi).