Renault reveals its F1 junior drivers' programmes for 2020 season

Renault has determined its Formula 1 junior drivers' 2020 programmes, with top Formula 2 rookie Guanyu Zhou remaining at Virtuosi Racing and Christian Lundgaard graduating with ART Grand Prix

Zhou scored a pole position and set an F2 track record at Silverstone in the process, while taking five podiums on his way to seventh in his first season as a Renault junior.

That included beating many high-profile rookies including Ferrari's Prema driver Mick Schumacher, who was 12th.

Chinese driver Zhou will partner the already-confirmed Callum Ilott. The Brit joins the team as the top Ferrari junior from 2019.

"To be signing again with UNI-Virtuosi Racing, it's always been my first priority because last year in 2019 was the first year of working with the team, driving the F2 car for the first time, the Pirelli tyres," said Zhou.

"To be crowned the rookie champion was something really special for me. It shows a lot of potential in the team, and that we have been working really well together.

"I can't thank them enough for last season and for this season I'm just super excited to be getting started and to get back on the podium."

Lundgaard impressed in his maiden season of FIA Formula 3 with ART last year, taking sixth in the championship, and has receives a third graduation in as many seasons as he steps up to ART's F2 line-up for only his third full season of car racing.

The Danish driver will also be paired with a Ferrari junior, as he joins fellow F3 graduate Marcus Armstrong - who took third in that championship last year.

ART has run drivers to the last two F2 titles, with George Russell and Nyck de Vries respectively.

Outside of F2, Max Fewtrell is another driver remaining part of the Renault Sport Academy, but switches from ART to Hitech Grand Prix for another season of FIA F3 in 2020.

Fewtrell, the 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup champion, joined Hitech for the Macau Grand Prix at the end of last year and carries that through to this season.

Brazilian driver Caio Collet was the last of the RSA drivers to be revealed on Tuesday. He will return for a second season of Eurocup with R-ace GP, the team that steered Oscar Piastri to last year's drivers title.

Piastri - a member of the RSA - was announced as a Prema F3 driver last Sunday, while the final RSA member, Hadrien David, was confirmed as an MP Motorsport driver for his second season of car racing, switching from the French F4 title he won to the Eurocup for 2020.

French driver Victor Martins appears to have lost his full RSA backing, as the Formula Renault Eurocup driver was not mentioned in the team's announcement.

Martins has, however, tested one of ART's Eurocup cars as it prepares to make its series debut.

F2 driver Jack Aitken graduated from the Renault Sport Academy in 2019 and therefore was not part of the RSA announcement.

Renault's full F1 driver line-up including test and development drivers will be revealed at its F1 launch in Paris on February 12.

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