Strakka Racing's team principal Dan Walmsley has thanked and acknowledged Renault Sport for its long-standing support following the news of its departure in 2016.

Renault Sport will cease backing the Formula 1 feeder series, Formula Renault 3.5 at the end of this year, ending an eleven-year affiliation. While the World Series by Renault will continue with its lower categories, the future of FR3.5 remains in doubt with just four rounds of the championship remaining.

"FR3.5 has been a key element of Strakka's growth," he said. "It is a great championship and has proven itself to be an ideal training ground for F1 with our own Will Stevens making the transition."

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Stevens joined Manor after finishing sixth in the 2014 championship in a year won by current Toro Rosso racer Carlos Sainz. The Silverstone-based outfit currently sits fifth in the team championship with drivers Gustav Malja and Tio Ellinas.

"We would personally like to thank Renault for its support of the championship and the way it has promoted the category," Walmsley continued. "It has been professional and proactive in all areas of the series".

Meetings hoping to ascertain the future of FR3.5 have continued throughout the week.

"We are following closely the developments for the series' future and what this will look like for 2016."