Renault will be focusing hard on ensuring they get the 2021 rule and regulation overhaul correct, boss Cyril Abiteboul is adamant the team can't...
Renault F1 team
Renault F1 Team
Renault F1 team are a Formula 1 constructor with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo currently driving for them. With over 350 Grands Prix behind them, Renault is one of the biggest names in Formula 1. Their relationship with Fernando Alonso remains a highlight, and between 2005-06, they took two world championships away from Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari.
During their time, Renault has had two periods of hiatus away from Formula 1. Their most recent return came in 2016 and as they move forward, they’re desperate to return to the top. They’ve published a five-year plan to eventually challenge the leaders.
|Team Name||Renault F1 team|
|Team Leader||Cyril Abiteboul|
|Technical Leader||Bob Bell|
Back in the day
Renault began Formula 1 racing back in 1977 under the name of Equipe Renault Elf. They attempted to make a debut in the 1977 French Grand Prix but had to wait until the British event a few weeks later as the car wasn't ready. During their original stint between 1977-1985, big-name drivers included; Alain Prost, Derek Warwick and Jean-Pierre Jabouille.
Success with Fernando Alonso
Renault returned to F1 in 2002 with Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button at the wheel. A fourth-place finish was deemed good enough, but results warmed up when Spanish driver Fernando Alonso joined the team. In 2004, the French team made regular appearances on the podium and eventually finished the season in third-place.
Renault and McLaren were the team to stand up to the powerhouse of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. In 2005, with Alonso at the helm, Renault stood on the top step of the podium eight times and picked up enough points to edge-out McLaren by just eight points in the constructors’ championship. They became the first ever French team to win the title. The following year, Ferrari and Schumacher were must closer to them. Despite a Ferrari win at the final race of the 2006 season in Brazil, Alonso’s second place was enough to secure their second world title in successive years.
The 2008 Crashgate
In the following years, without Fernando Alonso, Renault’s performance slumped. The team weren’t able to replicate the previous two years’ results and finished 3rd in the constructors’ championship.
By 2008, the team had very much become a midfield team even though Alonso returned. And it was that year which really created trouble for the team. In September 2008, at Formula 1’s first night race, the team ordered Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately put his car in the barriers so that a safety car could come out. Piquet Jr did indeed crash on purpose, and Alonso felt the full advantage by going on to win the race from a troubling position.
The incident came out when Piquet was dropped from Renault. The investigation began and the team were charged with conspiracy. The managing director at the time, Flavio Briatore, left the team. Later that month, the team received disqualification from Formula 1 and that was suspended for two years pending further trouble. Briatore was suspended from all F1 events. The engineering director Pat Symonds picked up a five-year ban.
Renault make a return to Formula 1
Lotus picked up the Renault name during the 2011 season to become Lotus Renault GP. But this organisation lasted just one year. Renault Formula 1 team returned to full-time F1 action in 2016 and have improved year on year. They’ve revealed a five-year plan to return to the top of the sport and challenge the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes once again.
Renault F1 team News
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