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Piastri makes Formula Renault Eurocup return in Zandvoort test

by Ida Wood

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New FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri made a return to the Formula Renault Eurocup, in which he won the 2019 title, in the series pre-event Zandvoort test on Thursday.

The Australian spent two years in Eurocup, and won the title with R-ace GP in his sophomore season with seven wins.

He rejoined R-ace GP for the test, which marks the Eurocup’s first appearance at Zandvoort since 2000, and he will also contest Friday’s free practice sessions.

However he has been prevented from making a race return, as series regulations dictate a champion cannot compete in the series again until three years after their title campaign. This provisionally leaves R-ace GP with only two drivers this weekend.

Piastri was beaten to the top of the times in the two-hour test by fellow Renault junior and R-ace GP team-mate Caio Collet, who set the series’ new track record with a 1m31.405s lap, and his 2019 title rival Victor Martins who now races for ART Grand Prix.

At the opposite end of the timesheet was another surprise addition in Roman Stanek, who raced against Piastri in FIA F3 this year but finished 21st in the standings with three points to his name after graduating from a single season in Formula 4.

Stanek was testing for MP Motorsport, and Formula Scout understands he will make his Eurocup debut with the Dutch team this weekend.

Nicola Marinangeli was back in action with Bhaitech, taking back the seat he conceded to Vicky Piria for the last two rounds after he broke his leg at the start of September. He was slowest of all, 4.283s off the pace, while Stanek was 2.167s off Collet’s benchmark lap.


Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m31.405s 44
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m31.520s +0.115s 39
3 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP 1m31.796s +0.391s 40
4 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m32.270s +0.865s 20
5 Franco Colapinto Arden 1m32.272s +0.867s 39
6 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m32.314s +0.909s 42
7 Petr Ptacek R-ace GP 1m32.342s +0.937s 44
8 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m32.569s +1.164s 35
9 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m32.586s +1.181s 35
10 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m32.780s +1.375s 37
11 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m32.804s +1.399s 34
12 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m32.853s +1.448s 36
13 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m32.923s +1.518s 43
14 Alex Quinn Arden 1m33.046s +1.641s 31
15 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m33.444s +2.039s 33
16 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m33.527s +2.122s 33
17 Roman Stanek MP Motorsport 1m33.572s +2.167s 37
18 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m34.721s +3.316s 32
19 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m35.688s +4.283s 27