The Quarter-Finals to determine the Greatest Formula Renault Graduate begins today with a duel opposing Lewis Hamilton and Didier Pironi.
The first Quarter-Finals head-to-head sees Britain’s Lewis Hamilton take on France’s Didier Pironi.
Voting is open for 24 hours just until Wednesday May 27th, 14:00 CET. The Quarter-Finals results will be announced at the conclusion of the round on Monday June 1st.
While he stars today with the Silver Arrows, Lewis Hamilton is among the many drivers who honed his craft in Formula Renault. Entered by Manor, he made his single-seater debut in Formula Renault UK during the 2001-2002 winter. Third in the British Championship in 2002, he caused a sensation in finishing fifth in the Eurocup despite starting in just four of the nine races on the calendar. Dominating in Great Britain in 2003, the Brit then continued his rise in winning the first of his six world titles in 2008.
French Formula Renault Champion in 1974, then winner of the Formula Renault Europe Challenge in 1976, Didier Pironi also won in the streets of Monaco in 1975 and in 1976, then in F3 the following year. A year later, the French driver won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Renault while also making his F1 debut, where he was also successful. Didier Pironi’s career came to an abrupt end after an accident during practice for the 1982 German Grand Prix while he was leading the general classification.