In an event first, Renault will partner with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to set the first ever production car lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ will be held on Thursday 12th March and is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule. Never before has a commercially-available production vehicle under or up to two litre set a timed lap of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, and there is no (…) – News
Infiniti Red Bull Racing have revealed the livery for their 2015 Formula One world championship car. Powered by the Renault Energy F1-2015 engine, the Red Bull Racing RB11 will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. The two drivers epitomise the success of Renault’s single-seater driver development programme.
Third winter test and second at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya offered a final chance to prepare the Renault Energy-F1 2015 before Melbourne. Renault and its partner teams largely fulfilled their objectives with Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso accumulating a combined total of 9,800km, the equivalent of 32 grands prix over the three tests.
Born on 24 February 1955, Alain Prost turns 60 today. The relationship between Renault and the French legend stretches back more than 40 years, and in wishing him a happy birthday we have chosen to look back at the wonderful moments we have shared with him. Did you know, for example, that Alain Prost earned a drive with Elf in the 1976 Formula Renault National championship and won the European Formula Renault title a year later
Development of the new Renault Energy-F1 2015 continues during the first of two tests at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Renault satisfied with more than 3,800 kilometres covered over the four days, including several grand prix simulations and extensive work focusing on the Power Unit’s reliability and driveability. Near-Melbourne Power Unit specification benefits Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
A number of drivers who have excelled in the World Series by Renault and major international competitions have been involved in the development of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, contributing their different driving styles and viewpoints in helping to perfect the car. Since making its first outing, the Renault Sport R.S.
Are there any particular areas of the power unit you have worked on to give performance? We have made lots of changes to the power unit across all areas from last year. We won’t go into specifics about each and every part we have changed, but we will arrive in Melbourne with a very different engine to last year.
Renault changed tack at the start of the 1990s, replacing the Super 5 with a Clio that revealed a fresh sense of direction, with its sports version undergoing nothing short of a metamorphosis. Renault had already revolutionised motorsport by making the turbo engine a winner on the track, and the Clio’s arrival marked the beginning of a whole new era, with the marque’s little hot hatch being powered by a naturally aspirated 16-valve engine. Renault presented the track version of the Clio 16s (…) – News
This week saw the track debut for the upgraded Renault Energy F1-2015 Power Unit that will power two teams in the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso gave the Energy F1 its first testing run at the official pre-season winter test in Jerez, southern Spain Objectives largely met, with more than 2,400km run over four days Renault Sport F1′s on-track preparations for the 2015 season started in earnest this week as the two Renault-powered (…) – Press Releases
Renault enters the 2015 season with two objectives: to deliver competitive power units that run reliably and improves on its 2014 performance. After a tough season last year, the French manufacturer has taken a back to basics approach to achieving these aims, with a structural reorganization of its Viry-Châtillon headquarters the cornerstone. ‘F1 constantly moves forward at a very fast rate
Estonian driver Kevin Korjus, the 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion, celebrates his 22nd birthday today. After making his debut in a Formula Renault 2.0 in Finland, Kevin Korjus broke on to the international scene in the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup before earning his first World Series by Renault drive in 2010. Driving for the Koiranen Bros team, the Estonian was the first man to win a race in the new Formula Renault 2.0 car launched in 2010, and went on that season to (…) – News
From the tenth season of the World Series by Renault to the record Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R to the launch of the Clio R3T and the advent of the Formula E with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, Renault Sport had a 2014 year rich in success. And now an overview with Renault Sport Technologies President, Patrice Ratti
Just as it does at the end of every year, the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) brought together the sport’s leading lights to salute the champions of 2014 at its Motorsport Trophy gala in Paris. The FFSA’s Steering Committee and its chairman Nicolas Deschaux were there to hand out awards to the men and women who have been flying the flag for French motorsport on the international scene this year. Attended by a 1,000 people and held at Les Folies Bergère, the event saw 2014 Formula (…) – News
Quatrième de la Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS, George Russell est devenu le plus jeune pilote à recevoir, à 16 ans, le McLaren Autosport BRDC, l’une des récompenses les plus prestigieuses décernées aux talents britanniques en devenir. Winner of the last Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race, Russell defeats Alexander Albon, Ben Barnicoat and Seb Morris who drove Formula Renault 2.0 single-seater this year.
“Highlighting one single element as the source of our improvement would be impossible,” Abiteboul explains. “Instead, it’s the development of multiple parts that has resulted in a much-improved PU to the one that began pre-season testing last January. “Components have been modified to make them more robust; chassis teams have learnt a great deal about integration and cooling; engine and energy management control advances have enhanced driveability and efficiency; and the ‘knocking’ sensation (…) – News
Since the opening race in Melbourne significant gains have been made in energy recovery and Power Unit efficiency, allowing drivers maximum power output for longer periods. In fact Renault Sport F1 teams were approximately 5% more efficient in Abu Dhabi than they were at the start of the season, a significant improvement in a sport more used to the concept of marginal gains. This equates to a time gain of some half a second
Associated for nearly 30 years, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) and Renault announces the renewing of their global strategic partnership. The solid relationship with Renault Sport benefits directly, allowing the Formula Renault 3.5 Series race to continue as the curtain raiser for the F1 Grand Prix for three years.
The conclusion of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship marks the end of a challenging but ultimately productive year for Renault Sport F1. Sweeping changes to engine regulations ahead of the season – with the V8 units replaced by advanced turbocharged V6s featuring radical new energy harvesting technologies – presented the team at Viry-Châtillon with a fresh and unique set of challenges. “We’ve had a baptism of fire this year,” commented Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril (…) – News
After winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship last month, Carlos Sainz will join the motor racing elite in 2015. Convinced by his dominance in the premier category of the World Series by Renault, in which he became the youngest champion to date and his performance in testing with Red Bull, Scuderia Toro Rosso has signed the 20-year old Spaniard.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, Carlos Sainz was able to get behind the wheel of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 as reward for his title. This Tuesday at Yas Marina, the Spaniard made a strong impression in setting the fifth fastest lap while also showing his consistency over 100 laps.
Lotus F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado took the Renault Twizy for a spin when they met up at The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre. See how they snaked their way around the Mall’s 1,200 stores, sped through The Souk and explored the nooks and crannies of one of the biggest aquariums on the planet before skating around the Olympic ice rink, all in the shadow of the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa, and all without making the slightest noise. An electric (…) – News
In the aftermath of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, two days of testing will take place on 25 and 26 November. Formula Renault 3.5 Series Champion, Carlos Sainz, will demonstrate his talents at the wheel of a contemporary F1 car as a reward for his title winning season. Invited by Renault Sport Technologies and the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Team, 20-year old Carlos Sainz, the youngest title winner in the history of the premier category of the World Series by Renault will be at the (…) – Press Releases
Dubai-UAE: 23 November, 2014: Just days before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, who drive for the Renault-powered Lotus F1 Team, electrified the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination through the 100% electric vehicle, Renault Twizy. Renault teamed up with the drivers and The Dubai Mall to make an original film featuring Renault Twizy, a car which uses technology from the world of Formula 1. Avant-garde design, fun to drive (…) – Press Releases
Both Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers will be hoping to end their 2014 Formula 1 seasons in style at Yas Marina tomorrow when Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel line-up fifth and sixth for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat again starred for Scuderia Toro Rosso by qualifying just a fraction behind Vettel in seventh, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne starts 12th after not quite escaping from the ultra-competitive second segment. Lotus F1 Team lost both drivers in Q1, with Romain (…) – News
Key practice points: Teams find their feet during opening practice before showing more representative pace as darkness falls over Yas Marina ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale. Positive signs for Infiniti Red Bull Racing whose drivers Sebastian Vettel – making his final appearance for the team – and Daniel Ricciardo end both sessions inside the top-six. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat breaks the top-10 in both sessions, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne ends FP1 sixth.
French motor sport magazine Echappement has singled out the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R as the winner of its much-coveted Sportive de l’Année (Sports Model of the Year) award for 2014. With seven vehicles picking up the accolade to date, Renault is the carmaker which has won the highest number of ‘Sports Model of the Year’ trophies since Echappement introduced the award in 1982
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 Head of Track Operations After a long and tough season we’ve finally reached the concluding race of 2014. Abu Dhabi is a fantastic place to end the year, with state-of-the-art facilities, a warm welcome, and a challenging circuit. It’s somewhat similar to Melbourne in terms of track characteristics, which will give us a representative comparison and show how far we’ve come over the course of the year.
The new Renault Captur has been unveiled yesterday in Dubai ahead of its introduction throughout the Gulf region in the presence of Renault-powered Formula One drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. The new urban crossover vehicle was presented by Arabian Automobiles, the French manufacturer’s official distributor in Dubai and Northern Emirates.
Both Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers will line-up inside the top-10 for the start of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after a late flying effort from Sebastian Vettel helped him secure sixth, while Daniel Ricciardo maintained his 100% record of reaching Q3 this season by claiming ninth. With a seven-place penalty still hanging over him from Austin, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat opted not to set a Q2 time and lines-up 14th, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to hook up a lap good enough to (…) – News
Key practice points: Rain-threatened Brazilian Grand Prix weekend begins under warm and clear skies at Interlagos, where tyre degradation looks set to play a fundamental role in Sunday’s race Solid start for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finishes fourth in FP2 after taking 10th in the morning. Sebastian Vettel bounces back from slow start to set the afternoon’s ninth fastest time Another standout practice performance from Daniil Kvyat who sets the morning’s third (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations The main factors of Interlagos are the altitude and heat, both of which are potentially destructive characteristics for the new Power Units. Whereas the altitude once gave the cars and engines and easier ride as less power was produced, it now works against us. A turbocharged engine pressurises the ambient air to the same level inside the turbocharger and compressor, ensuring there is always the same amount of oxygen content in the air (…) – News
Following a two-year apprenticeship, Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) has fulfilled high expectations by winning the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title. The Dutchman, who is on the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme, enjoyed a superb year, also winning the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS championship. Dennis Olsen (Prema Powerteam) and Alexander Albon (KTR) completed the top three in the FR 2.0 standings in a season in which eight drivers won races, among them Aurélien Panis – the son of former (…) – News
For the first of three days of collective tests at the Motorland Aragón, Alexander Albon (Lotus) was the quickest. The Anglo-Thai member of the Lotus F1 Junior Team was among the drivers invited by Renault Sport Technologies to test drive the Formula Renault 3.5. He dominated the morning session and posted best time of the day in 1:41.629 ahead of Gustav Malja (Zeta Corse) and Nicholas Latifi (Arden Motorsport), who were fastest in the afternoon
Daniel Ricciardo salvaged a decent qualifying result on a frustrating afternoon for Infiniti Red Bull Racing at Circuit of The Americas today. While the Australian lines up fifth for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix, team-mate Sebastian Vettel starts from the pit-lane after using his sixth Power Unit of the season. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s free practice speed suggested both their drivers might threaten to reach Q3
Key practice points: Sunny and clear skies for FP1 and FP2 at Circuit of The Americas ahead of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo bounces back to finish fourth in the second session, while a delay hinders Sebastian Vettel’s progress after finishing seventh in FP1 Another impressive showing from Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, who sets the fourth and seventh fastest times. 2015 signing Max Verstappen ends his second FP1 outing 10th, with (…) – Press Releases
Renault Sport Technologies and Michelin share the same vision that motorsport permits innovative technologies to be fostered in a competitive environment with a view to achieving closer ties with the technologies that are available to the motoring public. Accordingly, the two partners are currently exploring the feasibility of switching to 18- and 17-inch tyres for the Formula Renault 3.5 Formula Renault 2.0 championships respectively from 2016. An initial test session based on Formula (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations The Circuit of the Americas has already established itself as a classic track, featuring exciting corners, high speed sections and tight, technical hairpins. It’s actually a very challenging circuit and will give every component of the Power Unit a good workout. The PU will operate in the mid to high range throughout sectors one and two, but the final sector will focus on energy recovery and stability under braking
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Not only is Carlos Sainz (DAMS) the first Red Bull Junior Team driver to win the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, he is also the youngest champion in the history of the category. With the single-season win record of seven, the son of the double World Rally Champion now looks forward to knowing his future in motor racing’s elite discipline, Formula 1. In spite of the impression his father left in the rally world, Carlos Sainz quickly made his way to circuit racing.
With the tenth season of the World Series by Renault having just come to a close, we take a closer look at the role of Pierre Delettre, a championship mainstay in his capacity as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Clio race director. The much-travelled Delettre has worked in a wide range of motorsport events in what has been an eventful career, the last 11 years of which he has dedicated to Renault Sport. He was handed an exciting new assignment back in September, when he travelled (…) – News
28 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers were on hand this Monday at the Circuito de Jerez for the final official collective test day of the year. In a field composed of drivers with experience in the category and hopefuls invited by Renault Sport Technologies, Jake Hughes (ART Junior Team) set the best time of the day with a lap of 1:41.044 this morning.