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Alonso evaluates Lorandi and Vidales for Eurocup team

by Peter Allen


Fernando Alonso watched Leonardo Lorandi and David Vidales, both contenders to race for his new Formula Renault Eurocup team, test at Barcelona last week.

Alonso is taking a prominent role as the FA Racing team, already active in karts and Formula 4 under the management of his former karting mentor Genis Marco, enters the Eurocup in 2019 in partnership with the Drivex outfit co-owned by Pedro de la Rosa.

Both Alonso and de la Rosa were present at the two-day test at Barcelona, where Italian Formula 4 runner-up Lorandi and top karter Vidales drove Formula 3 cars run by Euroformula Open squad Drivex.

Drivex said that both Lorandi and Vidales are contenders for Eurocup seats with the team next year.

Eighteen-year-old Lorandi has spent the past two seasons in Italian F4 with Bhaitech, winning the rookie title in 2017 before missing out on the overall title this year against Ferrari protege Enzo Fittipaldi.

He made his Euroformula Open debut for RP Motorsport at Monza in September.

Spaniard Vidales, 16, has been a frontrunner in international karting over recent seasons, finishing runner-up in the world championship in OK Junior and Senior in 2016 and ?17 respectively, and third in the KZ2 World Cup this year.

Vidales also tested the outgoing Formula Renault chassis run by the rival AVF team.

Drivex fielded F4 graduate Rui Andrade in another of its F3 cars, and ran Spanish karting runner-up Quique Bordas and Portuguese pair Manuel Espirito Santo and Frederico Peters in F4 cars.