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Daniel Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo

Esteban Ocon

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Estebean Ocon

Full Team Name

Renault F1 Team

Base

Enstone, United Kingdom

Team Chief

Cyril Abiteboul

Technical Chief

RTBC

Chassis

R.S.19

Power Unit

Renault

First Team Entry

1986

World Championships

2

Highest Race Finish

1 (x20)

Pole Positions

20

Fastest Laps

13

Renault

Renault

Gathering a massive 160 wins as an f1 engine supplier, Renault has magnified their status in the F1 ever since its introduction to Formula One in 1977. There are very few engine suppliers who have been associated with F1 engines but later won championships for themselves.

Renault – The Master of Engine Manufacturing

The very first formula 1 engine they created was a turbo engine, Renault RS01. They used this engine for their car in the 1977 Formula 1 race. The manufacturer famously competed in the Formula 1 races in fits and starts. They have never been a regular competitor. Instead, their niche is in providing the engines to other constructors throughout their history. In recent years, they supplied the engine, Renault RS27, to Red Bull Racing team who won double F1 Championships for four consecutive years. Besides Red Bull Racing, they also provided assistance in engine development to constructors, Lotus and Williams, as well. The engine is still considered the best in the history for its unmatched performance over long periods of time. To name just some of the impressive features it had, the engine had a 750 bhp V8 engine and a capacity for 18000 rpm.

RS27 had a predecessor by the name of RS26 that also played a huge role in the Formula 1 races. Fernando Alonso, the F1 race car driver who won in 2006, drove the car that had the RS26 engine installed in it. The engine was such a success during this time, Renault won the Constructors Championship themselves. The engine was known for providing drivers more aerodynamic efficiency at the front of the car. In races, these details play a key role in determining winners. The McLaren team also used the Renault engines for their race cars in the last few years.

You don’t rank fourth in the F1 history for nothing. The engineers at Renault have always led the Formula 1’s engineering department because of their mentality to focus more on the stability of the car. The reason for that is that drivers are more often homing in on reaching top speed on or beating opponents at turns. These are the moments when a driver is hoping the car does not hop off the road. If a car has a Renault F1 engine, they are highly unlikely to notice their car lose balance.

Renault the Constructor

As mentioned before, Renault is known for its engines. However, there have been times during their career they competed in the races as Formula Constructors. They had been competing before, but their proper introduction to the F1 as a constructor came in 2000. Renault acquired all the resources of Benetton Formula team and began calling itself the Renault F1 Team. After a few years of gathering the right people to look after the team, they won the double F1 Championships for two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006. The car they used was named Renault R25 and Renault R26 for 2005 and 2006 respectively with the lead driver in Fernando Alonso. In both years, the Renault team built the best cars with their own engines.

Because the cars were under complete supervision of Renault, they brought much more stability compared to other cars that had used the Renault engines. The Renault F1 team was able to unlock the engine’s true potential by using the right front-end aerodynamic system that went hand in hand with the engine which is why even though the McLaren MP4-20 proved to be faster than Renault R25 on a number of occasions during the 05’ season, R25 still conquered the Championship relying on the team’s philosophy of more stability over considerable power.

World Championship

Winning a trophy is always seen as an efficient indicator in judging how well a constructor has done and understandably so. First of all, it is good for business – more sponsorships and investments follow once a team wins a championship. With the patience and hard work Renault team had shown over the years, the team won not once but twice both of the possible titles – the Drivers Championship and the Constructors Championship – consecutively. The World Championship meant the world to a lot of the fans who had followed this team for a long time. It was the result of all the faith and trust they had put in their team.

2005

The 59th season of Formula One was quite a year for the racing teams. It was a season of Grands Prix with veterans like Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard as well as the up-and-coming drivers in Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber competing at the same high level that is expected in a Formula One race. The technological breakthrough was most noticeable in the Renault F1 cars. Renault had made a giant leap forward in their business by becoming an official F1 racing team. With the exception of a few daring constructors, most racing teams get their engines manufactured by other vendors. Renault began this project with a lot of risk. Ever since their takeover of the Benetton Formula Team, Renault changed the philosophy of the team. Additionally, they focused on key elements of the game other than the benchmark speed and acceleration. These among many other design and engineering changes made their presence known during the 2005 Formula 1 season.

By the end of the season, Renault F1 driver had only had two fastest laps whereas his closest competitor, Kimi Raikkonen, had a massive ten fastest laps under his belt. This proves how Renault’s strategy was more about stability and less about speed. In the end, Fernando Alonso won the Drivers Championship while also winning his team the Constructors Championship. McLaren-Mercedes’ Kimi Raikkonen came at second and Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher at third.

2006

This year was no different to the previous one for Renault. They had the momentum in their favor. All they needed was to build upon their strengths from last year. Considering how effective Renault had been in 2005 to get what they wanted from their drivers, implementing it in the next year became a bit usual. Fernando Alonso and Renault took away the Drivers and Constructors Championship once again. This time, Fernando Alonso faced competition from Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher who came at third the previous year. He got close but did not quite make it, finishing with 121 points while Alonso scored 13 more points than him and finished first for the second time in a row.

Renault achieved a lot of more in the F1 world but they began playing a more peripheral role in the years that followed.

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