Formula Renault 3.5 championship rivals Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere spoke to Crash .net about the future of the series following the news that the 3.5 litre category will part ways with Renault Sport.

For eleven years, Formula Renault 3.5 has been a significant part of the World Series by Renault but will part ways with the manufacturers at the end of 2016. Despite this, the future of the championship remains positive as promoters RPM - spearheaded by Jaime Alguersuari - begin the takeover.

36 points separate Vaxiviere from Rowland with the latter looking set to become the final FR3.5 champion under the WSR guise.

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"Everybody is very grateful that they have backed this championship for eleven years now and it's been one of the best and I would be very happy to be champion," he told Crash.net .

"Both RPM and Renault do a fantastic job so I am confident for the future of FR3.5, Renault has got to do what is best for them."

His French rival agreed, noting that, while the announcement came as a shock, FR3.5 will still be a prominent series going forward. Alguersuari has been integral in the development of the World Series by Renault and its predecessor the World Series by Nissan.

"I was a bit surprised to hear Renault is leaving but we will see what happens next," the FR3.5 racer winner explained. "I am sure the championship will do very well."

As for the 20-year-old's future with Renault and Lotus, he insisted that Renault's decision does not effect his future plans.

"I really don't know if I will stay with Lotus as I am only focused on the championship right now but Renault leaving will not effect me."

More details regarding FR3.5's future will be released in due course.