Renault: Latest News, Results, Drivers and Car Updates

The Renault F1 team first began its F1 operations in 1977 and even supplied engines from 1983. During their tenure, they won two F1 World Championships, both with Fernando Alonso. They left the sport after the 2011 season and found their way back in 2016.

Another significant event occurred when Renault debuted, namely the introduction of turbo engines. Renault’s 2020 driver lineup consists of former Red Bull star Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.

Renault’s iconic yet modern yellow and black livery is set to change from 2021 when the team rebrands itself to Alpine F1 with a possible livery change reminiscent of the French tricolor.

The Renault logo is synonymous with both its road cars and racing team alike. The French team’s logo consists of a diamond.

Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault R.S.20 during the Tuscan Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 12, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

On-track Achievements

Renault’s first win and first podium both came at the same race. Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the 1979 French Grand Prix, and Rene Arnoux took third.

Their results were very intermittent with numerous retirements, and they withdrew as a team after 1985.

The Renault F1 team would return to the fray in 2002, taking over from the Benetton team. Renault did not start winning again until 2003, with a solitary win from Fernando Alonso.

Renault F1 went another year winless in 2004 before the dynamic changed dramatically in 2005. That was when Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella dominated the proceedings and took the title. The two repeated the same feat in 2006, with Alonso finishing no lower than 5th during the season.

Daniel Ricciardo Races In The Renault Car
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

So far, Renault have bagged 35 race wins, and 100 podiums in 392 race starts. The team has amassed 1679 points over the course of their storied stint in F1.

The team pulled out yet again in 2011 and rejoined in 2016. Their drivers for that year were Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer. When Magnussen left for Haas, Nico Hulkenberg jumped ship from Force India to the French team.

Later, when Palmer’s contract was terminated, Carlos Sainz was loaned to them by Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg and Sainz would race together for the 2018 season until Sainz moved to McLaren for 2019.

In yet another sequence of driver movements, Renault’s 2021 lineup will consist of Esteban Ocon and the returning Fernando Alonso.

Alonso will replace Daniel Ricciardo, who is McLaren bound for the 2021 season.

When did Renault last win in F1?

Renault’s last win in F1 remains the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, won by Fernando Alonso.

Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo at Tuscan Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 10, 2020 Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS??ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Which F1 teams use Renault engines?

Once one of the most sought after engine suppliers on the grid, Renault currently supply engines to McLaren alone. However, with McLaren set to switch to Mercedes power in 2021, Renault won’t have any customer teams next season.

Renault’s Sponsors

Renault is currently partnered by DP World, Castrol, Infiniti, and RCI Banking Services as their main sponsors. Their other sponsors include Mapfre, Dupont Microsoft, Alpinestars, Boeing, Pirelli, Siemens, and more.

Renault’s charities and foundations

Responding to the UK government’s call for assistance, several F1 teams joined hands in the fight against COVID-19. Renault was one of the 7 F1 teams that helped in manufacturing required medical equipment, crucial in the fight against the fatal virus.

The initiative was titled ‘Project Pitlane” and even saw Renault working side by side with Red Bull at the latter’s Milton-Keynes factory in the UK.

Founded 1977
Owner Louis Renault
Number of Titles 2
Prize Money Won 47.3 million
Base Enstone, Viry
Official Website
Drivers Esteban Ocon, Daniel Ricciardo
Test Drivers Guanyu Zhou, Sergey Sirotkin
Engine Renault
Tires Pirelli
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