Formula 3.5 V8

Races 16 and 17: Jerez

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    The Formula Renault 3.5 season comes to an end this weekend and for the first time the cars are racing at Jerez.

    The championship is virtually a foregone conclusion, however. The only way Roberto Merhi can stop Carlos Sainz Jnr from becoming champion is if he wins both races and Sainz scores no more than five points.

    For Sainz a seventh place finish in either race will be enough to ensure he becomes the first Red Bull Junior Team member to win the Formula Renault 3.5. But will give Red Bull the confidence to promote him to an F1 seat alongside Max Verstappen?

    I’ll be commentating on this weekend’s races for BT Sport and as last time I’ll be in the lead role, this time alongside James Walker. We’ll be live for both races.


    OK race times are as follows:

    11:30 ESPN Formula Renault 2.0 race one live
    13:00 ESPN Formula Renault 3.5 race one live

    11:30 ESPN Formula Renault 2.0 race two live
    12:45 BT Sport 2 Formula Renault 3.5 race two live


    The title was decided pretty quickly… Shame for Buller’s mistake there because Merhi’s start was really great, I’m just wondering if he could have done some overtakes, as not many other drivers succeeded at that.


    Nice race by Rowland there, really put the pressure on at the end. Pity the race was a bit of a procession, Merhi looked like he was well fired up for it.


    Almost a Senna-Mansell finish! Not sure Jerez is right for these cars, it seemed to require a howler from the driver in front to create an opportunity. With more shove out of the corners and comedy tyres, F1 cars might race better round there.


    Nice run by Beitske Visser, outshining the usual suspects like Sainz and Gasly.


    Disappointing to see the title decided the way it was. Sainz definitely deserved to win it, but that was definitely an anticlimax.

    What a surprise result for Visser, though!


    so what happened?


    Merhi was on the outside of a three-wide situation and come off worst.

    Iestyn Davies

    Buller must have thought he was only two wide, as taking the middle line into T1 when three wide makes no sense, as we found out. He probably couldn’t see Merhi had gone to the outside, as after his bad start, he would have been concentrating on holding back Stockinger.


    Yeah, Sainz didn’t exactly cover himself in glory on the first lap either. Was there ever any action taken by the stewards for that?


    @George He had a 25 second penalty which dropped him out of the points.

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