How Wickens won Renault's big prize

How Wickens won Renault's big prize

Two bright talents fought out the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title at Barcelona last weekend. Peter Mills delves behind the scenes to reveal just how Robert Wickens beat fellow Formula 1 tester Jean-Eric Vergne in a tense showdown

Two messy collisions between Robert Wickens and his Carlin team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne played a decisive role in settling the Formula Renault 3.5 title at Barcelona.

Unlike several cynical manoeuvres that have clouded other championships' showdowns, apportioning blame in the clashes that, eventually, handed the Virgin Formula 1 team's third driver Wickens the crown isn't clear-cut. Despite the slight air of acrimony, the Canadian emerged as a popular winner of a series he previously competed in as a teenager in 2008.

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