Daniel Ricciardo qualified 7th and managed to hold onto this position during the British Grand Prix. There was a good battle between the Aussie's...
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
Nico Hulkenberg "disappointed" not to have been higher than 10th at the British GP
Renault made their mark on the midfield battle at yesterday's British Grand Prix. The team managed to get both drivers finishing in the points...
Nico Hulkenberg: "McLaren will be the ones we need to look out for and beat"
Renault has bounced back from a poor weekend in Austria to get both cars qualified in the top 10 at the British Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg qualified...
Daniel Ricciardo: "I might be able to have a crack at Vettel"
Daniel Ricciardo did well to qualify his Renault in 7th place during today's qualifying session and will be looking to overtake 6th placed Sebastian...
Nico Hulkenberg reveals Renault will try "untested set-up" at Silverstone
Renault will be running an untested set-up at the British Grand Prix in a bid to try and become more competitive. Nico Hulkenberg reveals that...
Could Ricciardo have won a World Championship at Red Bull?
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he would've only stayed at Red Bull to try and win a World Championship and is adamant he has no regrets over his move to Renault.
Daniel Ricciardo "not ready" to extend Renault contract
Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he would not sign a contract extension with Renault at the moment and would instead have to wait and see if...
Daniel Ricciardo wants an "even playing field" in Formula 1
Daniel Ricciardo wants Formula 1 to return to its racing roots and become more like Karting where cars are constantly overtaking each other....
Ricciardo wants Renault return to form in Britain!
Daniel Ricciardo is hoping for the return to the top ten at Silverstone this weekend after a tough time last time out in Austria.
Following another car and overtaking "as hard as ever"
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg says that it is more difficult than ever to follow another car and overtake, even though efforts were made to...
Hulkenberg looking to make a recovery at Silverstone
Nico Hulkenberg is preparing to put Austria's disappointing race behind him and score some solid points in the British GP this weekend to get...
Ricciardo ‘wouldn’t be involved’ if Vettel walked away from F1
Daniel Ricciardo has stated that he ‘wouldn’t be involved’ if Sebastian Vettel made the decision to retire from Ferrari and...
Watch: Daniel Ricciardo has some fun with his handbrake
Daniel Ricciardo had some fun at Goodwood in a different Renault to the one he usually drives at the weekends. This car has a handbrake and the...
Daniel Ricciardo opens up on Renault's "fundamental issue"
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that Renault has a "fundamental" problem with their car and thinks that the true performance is yet to be revealed....
Ricciardo wants Renault to replicate McLaren's package
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo wants his team to try and copy McLaren's engine package this season to try and replicate the form of the British...
Brawn praises McLaren but believes Honda's win will make them "pause for thought"
Ross Brawn has praised McLaren for their run of results so far this season but expects that they would have "paused for thought" after seeing...
Ricciardo on McLaren form: "I think it's going to push us to a better level"
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that the standard McLaren are setting at the minute is the aim for Renault to reach and is hoping that the Woking...
Hulkenberg: ‘Nothing really worked’
Nico Hulkenberg has said that ‘nothing really worked’ for Renault at the Austrian Grand Prix after both drivers struggled for pace...
Renault's performance "doesn't add up" for Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has said that Renault's recent form doesn't make sense and hopes that the team can fix the issues in time for the British Grand...
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