Renault pulls out of British F3

Renault is to pull out of the British Formula 3 Championship after the final round of the season at Silverstone this weekend

Renault pulls out of British F3

The French car giant has been involved in the series since 1996 as engine supplier to the French-based Promatecme team, but despite having drivers come second in the championship in 1997 and '98, with Nicolas Minassian and then Enrique Bernoldi, the marque failed to take the title.

"We are very proud to have achieved such a high level of success in what continues to be the world's most competitive F3 series," said Renault UK managing director, Benoit Marzloff. "However, everything has a shelf life and we feel that now is the right time to stop."

Renault has ended it's F3 programme citing a need to concentrate on the new Formula Renault and Clio Cup junior race categories. The last official outing of a Renault-powered F3 car will take place at the hands of Formula Renault sensation Kimi Raikkonen as part of the prize for winning this year's championship.

The 20-year-old Finn has already tested for the Sauber Formula 1 team and is tipped to become the Swiss outfit's test driver for 2001.

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