Tech 1 confirm Pic for 2009

Double Formula Renault 3.5 teams' champions Tech 1 Racing have confirmed French driver Charles Pic's continued presence in the team for 2009

Tech 1 confirm Pic for 2009

The 18-year-old's maiden season in the category last year provided two wins at Monaco and at Le Mans, and Pic ended the year as the highest-placed rookie in the classification.

The success helped pave the way to Pic's appearance at the Renault R29 F1 launch at Portimao on Monday, where his initiation into the Renault Driver Development Programme was announced.

Tech 1 team boss, former F3 racer Simon Abadie, is looking for Pic to return the drivers' title to the team's home in Toulouse, after tasting success with Portuguese Alvaro Parente in 2007.

"It's a great opportunity for him and he knows he has to deliver," said Abadie. "I hope that what we put in place with Charles last year will pay off this season. He knows the little things he's got to improve and where he still has to progress. The drivers' title is well within his grasp, it's our job to give him the best car possible."

Tech 1 have yet to select a driver for their second car, and an announcement is not expected for several weeks.

Abadie continued: "We're looking at the best options. We hope to enter a driver alongside Charles who's as quick and as good at scoring points for the team. To rack up good results in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, more than in any other (category), you have to be consistent, capable of finding the right set-up straight away for each circuit and not make mistakes.

"Again this year there will be another very evenly matched field, and several drivers will be battling for the title. As we saw in 2008 it's crucial to get off to a good start: you have be 100% right from the word go."

The first collective test session will take place at Jerez on March 10th-11th and the season will kick off in Barcelona on April 18-19th.

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