Fairuz chosen for Orientation Programme at ING Renault F1 Team facilities

Published on July 15th, 2009

With two podium finishes at the Hungaroring and Silverstone leg of the Formula Renault 3.5, Fairuz has managed to elevate his standings to 6th overall out of 23 drivers in one of the World Series racing event. Achieving this has brought Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport to 5th position of the team standings. It was quite a feat as the has only been in operations since February 2009.

Excellent performance by Fairuz secured him a seat in the two-day orientation programme along with other selected fews to ING Renault F1 Team’s Enstone plant for a taste of what to be expected of them should they achieve their dream to compete in the Formula 1. The two-day orientation programme conducted by industry leading instructors, took place on the 6th and 7th of July 2009, right after the Silverstone leg of the World Series.

The first day of the orientation programme took place at the ING Renault F1 Team headquarters. Remi Deconinck, Renault Sport Technologies’ Managing Director welcomed the participants, followed by an introduction to the Enstone plant conducted by Rob Bell, ING Renault F1 Team’s Chassis Technical Director. A tour of the plant’s Technical Centre and its new Digital Fluid Mechanics centre, a state of the art installation for the study of fluid dynamics, followed suit.

The demands of Formula 1 require specialized physical training and deliberative focus, which was what the selected fews rediscovered and became acquainted to yet again during the orientation programme at the plant’s training centre, known as the Human Performance Center, during the afternoon.

Next, ING Renault F1 Team’s training instructor conducted a clinic to present and outline the typical expectations within an F1 driver’s physical training regime. The Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers then moved from theory to practice with a real-life session that provided them with the exposure necessary to condition them with optimum physical expectations required out of an F1 driver.

The second day began with a presentation by Pat Symonds, ING Renault F1 Team’s Executive Director of Engineering, who explained in detail the processes involved within driver selection. The last stage of this fully-comprehensive programme was spent at the Public Relations centre. This line of training paid close attention to the fact that an F1 driver is essentially an ambassador for the brand and the sponsors they represent. In constant contact with the media, the driver’s task is to convey a structured message. As such, Fairuz and other drivers were given a session on media training, which concluded with a role-playing session to prepare them for all eventualities and expose them to all interview angles and approaches.

At the end of the season, the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series’ champion will be given an F1 testing seat with the ING Renault F1 team, as were previous champions Robert Kubica, Alx Danielsson, Alvaro Parente and Giedo Van der Garde.

Now, more than ever, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series confirms its status as the fast track to Formula 1. Keep an eye on Fairuz, who is progressing gradually but surely towards the ultimate goal of becoming the next Malaysian F1 driver via the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The renowned Le Mans Circuit in France will play host to the next leg on the 18th and 19th of July 2009.

For more information on future events, as well as, up-to-date World Series viewing time on Eurosport Astro Channel 814, please visit http://www.fairuzfauzy.com/.

text: Hage`  pix: MOFAZFortec Motorsport


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