Renault Sport F1 Team (REN-oh) is a Formula One constructor that previously raced in two periods in the sport, from 1977 to 1985, and from 2002 to 2011 before purchasing the Lotus F1 Team in 2016. The team has competed in 304 races, winning 35, and winning two Constructors' titles, taking the title in 2005 and 2006, with driver Fernando Alonso winning the Drivers' title in both seasons.
After the 1985 season, they continued as an engine supplier. They stopped after 1986, but returned again in 1989. They left Formula One again at the end of 1997 and returned again in 2001. From 2007 to 2015, they supplied engines to various teams. Although they supplied engines to Red Bull in 2016, they show the TAG Heuer brand.
1977-1985: The beginnings of RenaultEdit
Renault's first Formula One season began in 1977, entering in the last five races of the season with Jean-Pierre Jabouille being the sole driver. The Renault RS01 failed to finish all of the races and even failed to qualify for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The team earned their first points at the 1978 United States Grand Prix, with Jabouille finishing fourth after starting 9th on the grid.
For the 1979 season, Renault signed René Arnoux to partner with Jabouille. The season was notable for a battle between Arnoux and Gilles Villeneuve at the French Grand Prix, which the team eventually won the race, with Jabouille first and Arnoux in third.
1986-2001: Engine supplierEdit
2002-2004: The return of RenaultEdit
2005-2006: The dominanceEdit
2010-2011: Final yearsEdit
2016: The returnEdit
After a five-year absence of competing in F1 as a works entrant, Renault purchased the Lotus F1 Team. On February 3rd 2016, Renault unveiled their 2016 car, the Renault RS16 in testing livery. They confirmed Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer as their race drivers, with Esteban Ocon as their reserve driver.
For the 2017 season, the team will have Nico Hülkenberg as their new driver, with Jolyon Palmer being retained for another year.
- Jean Sage (1977–1985)
- Flavio Briatore (2002–2009)
- Pat Symonds (2002–2009)
- Jean-Francois Caubet (2009)
- Bob Bell (2009)
- Éric Boullier (2010–2011)
- Frédéric Vasseur (2016)
- Francois Castaing (1977–1980)
- Michel Tetu (1981–1985)
- Bernard Dudot (1983–1985)
- Mike Gascoyne (2002–2003)
- Bob Bell (2004–2009, 2016-)
- James Allison (2010–2011)
Engine Technical DirectorsEdit
- Frédéric Vasseur (2016-)
Complete Formula One ResultsEdit
- Main article: Renault F1/Results
Renault Driver Grand Prix CountEdit
|Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts|
|Nico Hülkenberg||2017-present||yet to start|
|Fernando Alonso||2003-2006, 2008-2009||105|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||2008-2009||28|
- ↑ Barretto, Lawrence (4 December 2015). "Red Bull announces it will have TAG Heuer-branded F1 engine in 2016". http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/122128. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
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