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Renault and Formula 1
Renault has always been closely associated with motor sports in general and F1 in particular, right from the very beginning. Join us as we take you through the development of the sport and Renault's role in it over the years from the early days right up to its modern avatar.
The first ever World Championship takes place according to the Formula 1 rules.
These early years were marked by the dominance of the Alfa Romeo team with Ferrari, Maseratti and Mercedes playing catch up.
1.5 liter engine cars were driven in the early years until Ferrari changed the game with 2.5 liter engines giving them a big competitive advantage.
Stirling Moss drives a mid-engine Cooper, becomes the first car with the engine mounted behind the driver to win a Formula 1 race.
In an attempt to curb speeds and improve safety, the 1.5 liter, non super-charged engines were re-introduced.
Rules were tweaked again to allow a return of the 'Power' era with 3.0 litre engines.
The late 60s also saw the arrival of commerce and sponsorship with the cars carrying logos/advertisements of their sponsors on their bodies.
The Gordini facility was inaugurated on 6 February 1969, and it was to be the launch pad for motor sporting success over the following decades.
Renault enters F1 for the first time with Jean-Pierre Jabouille as lead driver.
The team enters 14 GPs with Jabouille at the helm.
They make great progress, qualifying 3rd in Austria and finishing 4th in the USA GP.
Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux compete in the first full season.
The team secures its first pole in South Africa and first win at the French Grand Prix.
Alain Prost joins Arnoux. Prost wins three GPs and finishes fourth in the championship.
Together, Prost and Arnoux secure six pole positions.
Prost wins the first two races of the season and Arnoux adds two further successes.
The speed of the car is obvious as the RE30B starts from pole in 10 of the 16 races.
The team finishes second in the championship.
Prost misses out on the title by just two points after winning four times.
Renault branches out into engine supply, teaming up with Team Lotus.
De Angelis finishes the drivers’ championship in third and Lotus is third in the constructors’ championship.
Renault also supplies engines to the Ligier team.
Senna and de Angelis win three races to finish fourth and fifth in the championship.
Renault supplies Lotus, Ligier and Tyrrell.
Senna wins two races and starts from pole on eight occasions.
In June a deal is signed with Williams for the 1989 season.
The Williams-Renault partnership hits the track.
Thierry Boutsen wins wet races in Canada and Australia.
Williams-Renault and Nigel Mansell emerge as the dominant force.
Mansell wins the first five races and secures the title at the mid-season Hungarian Grand Prix.
By the end of the season, the FW14B has won 10 of the 16 GPs.
Prost replaces Mansell and Williams remains the team to beat.
The Frenchman wins seven races, with newcomer Damon Hill winning a further three.
Williams-Renault secures 24 consecutive pole positions from 1992 to 1993.
Williams-Renault secures the constructors’ title and Hill finishes a close runner-up in the drivers’ race to
Renault supplies Benetton in addition to Williams and its engines win 16 of the 17 races and take 16 pole positions.
Benetton-Renault wins the constructors’ title at the first attempt.
Villeneuve leads the Williams team following the departure of Hill and wins the championship in a dramatic finale at Jerez, having taken six victories.
The Renault name returns to F1 following the conclusion of a deal to purchase the Benetton team.
Benetton is reborn as the Renault F1 Team, and the outfit shows good progress as it finishes fourth in the championship.
The team takes its first victory under the Renault name when Fernando Alonso wins from pole in Hungary.
Alonso wins seven races and at the final race in Brazil he secures the World Championship.
Fisichella also wins one race and helps Renault to its first constructors’ title.
Using the new Renault V8 engine Alonso wins seven races and takes his second championship.
A win for Fisichella helps Renault to successfully defend its constructors’ title.
Renault refocuses activities around engine supply and creates Renault Sport F1. Team Lotus joins the Renault fold.
Williams becomes Renault’s fourth team in the championship, reviving the historic partnership.
Lotus is rebadged as Caterham while LRGP becomes Lotus F1 Team.
Renault-Lotus burst out of the gates with Raikkonen taking victory at the season-opener in Australia.
Vettel joins Juan Manguel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, as one of only three drivers to win four consecutive titles.