Yes, only three days remain until the new World Series by Renault season begins at Motorland Aragón. It is eagerly awaited as usually but this year WSR has some new ingredients – first of all the new car. With more powerful engine (530 BHP), loads of extra downforce and Formula-oneish gizmos like DRS the cars were destined to be quicker already before turning the wheel. But perhaps even the most optimistic onlookers were baffled by what a margin it happened. Lap records were pulverized on all tracks WSR tested, new benchmarks bettering old ones by more than four seconds. And the cars are still in the very beginning of their development cycle.

Kevin has not made a secret of his target in 2012. After three wins and 6th overall position in his maiden season it simply can’t be less than the championship title. With WSR being a very competitive playground it is not easy task. WSR has always shone with a high-quality field but this year’s one is perhaps the strongest ever.

Kevin has been preparing for the season as a member of the newly created i-Race Professional Programme by Gravity Sports Management and Lotus F1 Team. He is fitter than ever and hungry for success. The same can be said about his team Tech 1. Winning both FR2.0 and FR3.5 team trophies in 2010 they were left empty-handed in 2011 and have now a burning desire to restore the former glory. Sarah and Simon Abadie’s team has certainly no shortage of motivation. With Kevin and experienced Frenchman Jules Bianchi as one of the strongest lineups on the pitlane there are all pre-requisites for the success.

Still, everything is decided only when the chequered flag will fall. For this to happen red lights must go out first. And exactly that they will do on Saturday, May 5 at 1430 CET when the first race of 2012 WSR season starts.

Schedule is the same for Saturday and Sunday. 30-minute qualification session starts at 0950 and race (44 minutes+1 lap) at 1430 (all CET). Both races are covered live by Eurosport.

Let’s wish all the best to Kevin and keep our fingers crossed!


Youngest driver to win a race in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.