FR3.5 »

Tech 1 retains Pic for `09.

Charles Pic will lead Tech 1 Racing's attempts to score a third consecutive World Series by Renault title in 2009 after re-signing with the team.

Following success in Formula Renault, Pic made his World Series debut with the French outfit in 2008, winning two races at Monaco and Le Mans to end the year as the highest placed rookie in the standings.

Already member of the Renault Driver Development programme, the 18-year-old has been retained by Tech 1 for 2009 and moves up to the role of team leader following Julien Jousse's decision to switch to Formula 2.

For team manager Simon Abadie, it was always their intention to re-sign Pic, particularly as he will enter the season as one of the big title favourites.

“Charles learned a lot last season. His two wins in Monaco and at Le Mans as well as his approach to racing and his way of working have opened the doors to the Renault Driver Development programme. It's a great opportunity for him and he knows he has to deliver. I hope that what we put in place with Charles last year will pay off this season.

“He knows the little things he's got to improve and where he still has to progress, and the drivers' title is well within his grasp. It's our job to give him the best car possible. It's going to be a challenging season with the teams' and drivers' titles in our sights.”

Pic's team-mate, meanwhile, it yet to be announced, although Tech 1 have run a myriad of different drivers over the winter, including Alexandre Marsoin, Rodolfo Gonzalez and Nelson Panciatici. However, Abadie insists they will need to be consistent in order to fulfil their objective of a third team title.

“We're looking at the best options. We hope to enter a driver alongside Charles who's as quick and as good at scoring points for the team. To rack up good results in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, more than in any other, you have to be consistent, capable of finding the right set-up straight away for each circuit and not make mistakes.

“Again this year there will be another very evenly-matched field, and several drivers will be battling for the title. As we saw in 2008 it's crucial to get off to a good start: you have be 100% right from the word go!”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Charles Pic - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Photo: Antonin Grenier / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: GEPA pictures/Dutch Photo Agency/Sebastiaan Rozendaal
Marlon Stockinger - Lotus [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Photo: Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Renault Sport
Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Photo: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI
Photo: Fotospeedy
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Oliver Webb - Pons Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Beitske Visser - AVF [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Sergey Sirotkin - Fortec Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.