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F1's Greatest Constructors: Renault

The fifth in the series looking at the marquee F1 teams. Renault

india Updated: Oct 07, 2011 02:04 IST
Hindustan Times

Summary: You might think it strange to call a constructor whose very first car was derisively called 'the yellow teapot' but Renault started a revolution in F1 with turbocharging that ultimately forced the FIA to outlaw their use. Championship success eluded the team in their first outing as a constructor but they ultimately stood on top of the world in 2005 and 2006.

Important cars
RS01 (1977):
Renault's first F1 car was slow and unreliable, but its turbocharged engine would soon become the norm in F1 rather than the butt of jokes.

RS10 (1979): The first turbocharged car to win an F1 race. Did it fittingly at the French Grand Prix with Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the wheel.

R202 (2002): The car that Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button drove during Renault's return season in F1 after not competing as a team from 1986 to 2001

R23 (2003): Renault's first win since 1983 came at the Hungarian GP with a 22-year-old Fernando Alonso behind the wheel.

R25 (2005): The car that delivered Renault its first constructors' and drivers' title with Fernando Alonso the champion driver at just 24.

First Published: Oct 06, 2011 23:52 IST

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