Sharon Scolari believes the 2.0 litre Formula Renault car is the ‘best she’s ever driven’ as the Swiss prepares for her debut in the Northern European Cup at next weekends [11-13 May] curtain-raiser in Pau.
The experienced Lotus racer announced her switch to single-seater racing with long term partners ScoRace back in February, and since then has completed a number of test days at the Tazio Nuvolari circuit, choosing to remain in a single location to better evaluate how far she has come with the car.
The biggest test, however, will come on the streets of Pau in seven days’ time, with a host of Formula Renault Eurocup title contenders and some of Europe’s leading junior single-seater outfits set to join the full season NEC entries in the historic French town for an action-packed double header.
Scolari regards that as positive, however, believing it will speed up her development curve as she tackles tougher opposition from the get-go.
“The tests so far have gone very well,” said Scolari “However, I realise that both my team and I still have a lot to learn because the Formula Renault car and the GT are two completely different machines.
“I immediately had a great feeling with my car and I think that is the best car I’ve ever driven.
“The thing that I found most difficult was to forget the driving methods of a GT car and adapt to a single-seater, it’s all very challenging, like the start of every new chapter in my career, but I can’t wait to get going.”
Scolari is also relishing the opportunity to hone her street racing skills for the first time, a chance being taken by the Eurocup contingent to prepare for their support race slot at the world-famous Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight later.
“I look forward to being on a street circuit, which is a completely new experience for me. The goal is to put in some convincing lap times and understand where I stack up compared to my closest rivals.
It’s also great to be able to race with Eurocup drivers, I expect to learn a lot as fast as possible.”
The season opener begins with qualifying and the opening race on Saturday 12th May, with Sunday mirroring the same format. Both races will be shown live through the Formula Renault NEC YouTube channel and on social media platforms.