Following a three week absence, Formula Renault 3.5 returns this weekend to support the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.

Championship leader, Carlos Sainz Jr acknowledged the importance of the historic backdrop as the world of F1 looks on.

"It is the one race that everyone wants to win more than anything", he said. "This is a highlight of the season, the only street race in the Formula Renault 3.5 season and the only time we share the weekend with F1".

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Unusually for FR3.5, the drivers will contest just one race around the streets of the Principality so the margins for error are minimal. Sainz Jr was therefore quick to note the importance of previous experience around the notoriously difficult street circuit. The Spaniard made his FR3.5 d?but on the streets of Monaco for Zeta Corse and finished a respectable, sixth place in 2013.

"Of course, when I came here last year I had to learn the track and, to a degree, I had nothing to lose so I could go for it. I was fastest through free practice and fastest through qualifying until right at the end", he noted.

"That experience will certainly help me this year and I feel we are well prepared, we have had good results so far", he continued.

"On one side I will be thinking of the championship and getting points but if there is a weekend that you would like to forget the championship and just go for the win, then Monaco is it", the nineteen-year-old concluded.

Defending champions, DAMS, who have the young Spaniard at the helm of their 2014 model, are yet to win the F1 support race.

Andrea Roda will make his d?but for Comtec Racing in Monaco, partnering the experienced Russian, Nikolay Martsenko. The team are yet to confirm the Italian rookie, who is currently contesting the Auto GP championship, for any further race weekends.