Four Renault powered cars will start the Chinese Grand Prix from the top ten. Daniel Ricciardo put the Infiniti Red Bull Racing second, 0.5secs behind pole sitter Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel qualified in third, splitting the two Mercedes.
Season 10 of the World Series by Renault begins on 26 and 27 April at Motorland Aragón. The event that has hosted more than 5 million spectators since debuting in 2005, retains the same proven formula with races for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Clio, along with a multititude of attractions, including the demonstration runs from the four-time world championship team, Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1. The free invitations can be downloaded on (…) – Press Releases
Key practice points: Shanghai welcomes F1 for the 11th Chinese Grand Prix this weekend. Cool conditions for both free practice sessions. Progress made in Bahrain test confirmed today.
News from Total Generating electricity from the exhaust via a device connected to the shaft of the turbocharger is not a simple undertaking since as much gas as possible at the highest possible speed must be passed though a hot turbine placed inside the exhaust gas stream. The ideal solution is to run the direct injection petrol engine like a diesel, ie. with a large excess of air, but at a very low fuel mix.
“We’re feeling more confident ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. While we know that the others are still ahead, we have made some good progress in the last two races, both in reliability and driveability, particularly in race modes. At the test in Bahrain we tested several new software modes that will see us closer to the limits of the Power Unit than before
We all know Daniel Ricciardo is an awesome F1 driver. But what if he wasn’t?
Organized outside of the World Series by Renault, the opening weekend of season 10 of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series delivered a fantastic show at Monza, with high drama and intense races. And while Carlos Sainz Jr (DAMS) dominated the majority of the weekend, the Spaniard is tied for the championship lead with Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport). After six days of collective testing during a studious winter, the competitors of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series (…) – Press Releases
After six days of studious winter collective testing, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series headed into action at the Autodromo di Monza. Carlos Sainz (DAMS) was quickest on Friday at the “Temple of Speed”. Member of the Red Bull Junior Team, the Spaniard dominated the two sessions of the day ahead of Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (ISR).
Following intense preparations during the collective test in February, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series will get underway at Monza on 11-13 April. On the fastest circuit on the calendar, who will be the first drivers to win in the 10th season of the headliner category of the World Series by Renault?
Daniel Ricciardo (Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault) put in a strong performance in qualifying for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Australian posted the third quickest time of the evening behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Due to a 10-place grid penalty handed out following the Malaysian race he will however start P13.
Winner of the 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Pierre Gasly has moved up to the next level thanks to the scholarship offered by Renault Sport Technologies. The man, who recently got his driving licence on his 18th birthday, also a member of the Red Bull Junior Team and French FFSA Circuit Team, will try to imitate Robin Frijns and Stoffel Vandoone, in battling for the title in his first year in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. On pace during the collective tests, the Frenchman hopes the (…) – Press Releases
Key practice points: F1 back in Bahrain after two pre-season tests For first time in its history, Bahrain Grand Prix will be run in night conditions under floodlights. FP2 was therefore run after dark Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo finishes FP2 in fourth, with Sebastian Vettel 7th Scuderia Toro Rosso continue top 10 pace Lotus F1 Team completes significant mileage Lots of laps on the board for Caterham F1 Team; overall Renault powered cars complete 429 laps of the (…) – Press Releases
Renault Malaysia has taken advantage of the recent Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang to launch the Clio Renaultsport 200 EDC in partnership with Kamui KOBAYASHI. To highlight the performance of the car, Renault Malaysia invited professional driver Denis Lian to take the Clio Renaultsport for a lap on the F1 circuit.
Sebastian Vettel put in a strong performance in today’s qualifying. The reigning world champion will start from second while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo lines up fifth. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Verge starts ninth, putting three Renault-powered cars into the top ten for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix
The final day of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective testing turned out well for George Russell (Koiranen GP). The future Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS driver went quickest on the wet track at Circuito de Jerez.
Key practice points: The opening day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix got underway today with two 90 minute sessions Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel recorded the third quickest time of the day, 0.061secs from the fastest time, with Daniel Ricciardo in the top ten Scuderia Toro Rosso complete just under two race distances over two sessions, on the pace of the top ten Top 12 cars in FP2 separated by just one second Solid day for Marcus Ericsson at Caterham F1 Team (…) – News
The final day of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing went the way of Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing). On the Circuito de Jerez, the Brazilian set the day’s fastest time, finishing ahead of Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), who went quickest in the afternoon, and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport). Off the pace today, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) nonetheless comes away from Jerez having set the overall best performance yesterday
Caterham F1 Team’s Kamui Kobayashi got in some early racing practice at the Sepang Circuit yesterday as he took the brand new Renault Clio RS for laps of a specially built track on the outside of the Grand Prix facility. Just days before the second race of the year, the Malaysian Grand Prix, Kamui had the honour of launching the model to the Malaysian market, and gave some lucky local Malaysian media, dealers and Renault customers demonstration laps round the twisty karting circuit. (…) – News
Fortec Motorsports drivers dominated the Formula Renault 3.5 Series field during day two of collective testing at Jerez. Runner-up in the 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, Oliver Rowland set the day’s fastest time, ahead of his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber F1 Team’s test driver, and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport), his championship rival last year. In the afternoon, the DAMS team came to the fore as Carlos Sainz set the fastest time, followed by Norman Nato
Renault Sport Technologies congratulates Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen, both former World Series by Renault drivers, for their podium finishes at the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Australia. Results that, yet again, underline the excellence of the Driver Development Program put in place by the French carmaker.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected second on the grid in today’s Australian Grand Prix qualifying. After a torrid winter testing session, the young Australian fought to second on the grid, just 0.3secs behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg starts third
While Carlos Sainz (DAMS) has been the quickest during the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing, Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) has been the most consistent. The Sauber F1 Team test driver was the only on to finish in the Top 5 in all six sessions. Will the Russian be a front-runner throughout the season?
Key practice points: Today was the first day of Australian Grand Prix practice for the Renault Energy F1-2014 V6 Turbo Power Units Renault-powered cars completed 260 laps (over 1,300km) over two 90 minute sessions Infiniti Red Bull Racing set top 10 fastest times in both sessions and completed race distance Scuderia Toro Rosso completed most running of any team in FP1, with top 10 times Electrical and fuel system problems for Caterham F1 Team limit running, but issues have been (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: Melbourne has always been a very tough circuit for Formula 1 cars, but this year the challenge will be even greater with the new Power Units making their race debut. Some of the main features of Albert Park will pose the biggest challenges: the tight corners and the short bursts of acceleration. The vast majority of the corners are mid to low speed, such as the first and second corners, and then the chicane coming back onto the pit (…) – News
After coming four thousands of a second shy of best time yesterday, Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) answered this Friday during day two of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective test. The McLaren Young Driver Development Programme driver set the track record in the category this morning with a time of 2’03”021. The young Dutchman led from this afternoon’s quickest driver, Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing), reigning French F4 Champion and Lotus F1 Junior Team member, Alexander Albon (KTR)
While the collective tests continue, the World Series by Renault launch party was held this Thursday at the “L’Atelier Renault” on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. For the occasion, all the partners came together for the start of the 2014 season in the presence of Alain Prost, David Coulthard and Sébastien Buemi. This evening kicked off season 10, which begins on April 12 at Monza with the first race of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Romain Grosjean moved from the desert sands of Bahrain to the subzero temperatures of the Russian capital, Moscow, this weekend as he competed in the Race of Stars, a special event co-organised by Renault. Romain came straight from the Bahrain pre-season test where he debuted the Renault-powered Lotus F1 Team E22 to race on a track covered entirely with ice within Moscow’s Hippodrome. The Race of Stars is one of the longest-running motorsports events staged in Russia, with more than 20 (…) – News
The Renault Energy F1-2014 made its debut in pre-season testing in Jerez. While the initial feedback was less than ideal, the team at Renault Sport F1 has taken great strides in the subsequent two tests in Bahrain. With less than two weeks until Melbourne, the team at Viry is now flat out readying the PU and the systems for its first-ever race
The final day of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test was marked by rain, which played to the advantage of Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports). On the Motorland Aragón circuit, the Sauber F1 Team reserve driver clocked a lap in 1’38”828 to post the best time of the day.
This Wednesday, the Motorland Aragón track record fell once again. On day two of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test, Carlos Sainz (DAMS) set best time in both sessions to top the time sheets with a lap of 1’38”340. Following the Spaniard was Sauber F1 Team reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), and fellow member of the Red Bull Junior Team, Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport)
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 runner-up, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports), dominated day one of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test. The Englishman set the Motorland Aragón track record ahead of his rival from last year Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) and team-mate Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports).
‘We have had some set-backs, but we have definitely made progress and have taken several steps forward.’ What were the key steps taken between Jerez and Bahrain ? We made a number of specification changes to the Energy Store (battery), involving modified hardware, requiring some gymnastics in engineering, procurement, assembly and logistics. We also introduced two levels of PU control system software updates; the first being effectively what would have been a decent starting point for (…) – Press Releases
Lotus F1 Team and Renault Sport F1 are delighted to officially confirm the extension of their successful chassis-engine partnership for 2014 and beyond. Renault will supply the team with its Energy F1-2014 Power Unit for the coming season.
The 13 teams entered for the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series are hard at work. 14 drivers are now confirmed less than two months before the start of the championship. Monza will have the honour to host the season opener for the 26 car grid on April 12.
‘We have the necessary tools and determination to succeed.’ We have seen very little running from the Renault-engined teams this week. What have the issues been?
For more than years, Renault Sport has developed single seaters and organized competition to help drivers reach the summit of motor racing. In 2014, a new programme based on the Formula Renault 1.6 will facilitate access to the next levels. At the end of the season, a Formula Renault 2.0 will be offered to the winner of a selection process among the best drivers from each national championship
Renault Sport F1 head of track operations ‘‘With the new Power Unit incorporating complex electrical and energy recovery systems alongside the standard internal combustion engine the workload pre-race will approximately double.” How will preparations for a race change with the new Power Unit? With the new Power Unit incorporating complex electrical and energy recovery systems alongside the standard internal combustion engine the workload pre-race will approximately double.
Renault Sport F1 Deputy managing director (technical) “We believe that the Power Unit will deliver a lot of power and will be more than enough to make cars quick… we will absolutely see real speed out on track.” How different do you think the Power Unit will be between engine manufacturers? We have to imagine there is an optimum solution within the technical and sporting constraints and that different competitors will approach the optimum in different ways, at least in the beginning
“ALMOST EVERY YEAR THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE.” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEY EVOLUTIONS OF THE V8 SINCE 2006? The easy thought is to say that there can be no evolutions during an engine freeze! However there have still been several notable changes in the use and requirements for engines in the V8 era
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault) became the last winner of a race using an F1 V8 engine in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Mark Webber finished second in his final F1 race, giving a 1-2 finish for the RS27 Renault won the first V8-powered race in 2006 (Bahrain GP) and now comes full circle to win the final event It is a hat-trick for end-of-era successes for Renault, with wins at the last race of the 3.0l V10 engine era (2005) and 3.5l V10 era (1994) Renault is the (…) – Press Releases
‘ALMOST EVERY YEAR THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE.’ WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEY EVOLUTIONS OF THE V8 SINCE 2006? The easy thought is to say that there can be no evolutions during an engine freeze! However there have still been several notable changes in the use and requirements for engines in the V8 era
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) secured the final pole position of the V8 engine era in qualifying for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The quadruple world champion mastered the wet conditions of the Sao Paulo track to set a flying lap over six tenths of a second quicker than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.
In 2013 Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1 secured their fourth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship title. It was the first time in over 20 years that a constructor-engine partnership had achieved such an unbroken run of success.
Just as he did on Wednesday and Thursday, Raffaele Marciello (Arden Caterham) snatched the fastest time in Friday’s two sessions of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing at Motorland Aragon. The Italian’s best lap of 1:39.815 gave him the day’s honours, with Marlon Stockinger (Lotus) just a thousandth of a second behind him, followed by Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports).
After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the end of 2013. This weekend we are paying our dues to the highly optimized, ultra-high output, ultra high speed, normally aspirated engines before they make way for the new turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 power units in 2014.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Brazil will be quite poignant. The high-revving naturally aspirated engines are all I’ve known in F1 – and I’m sure there will be a few in the pitlane saying the same. The V8 was the era of how to make a car faster using everything except the pure power of an engine so we’ve learnt a lot of different skills, such as better integration, greater fuel economy and how to use the auxiliary facets such as the exhausts to a much greater extent
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins USA Grand Prix ahead of Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) and Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) Fifth time this season Renault-powered cars have locked out all three podium positions 12th win of season for Sebastian Vettel, 8th consecutive victory, a new record for a single season, passing Michael Schumacher’s 2004 benchmark Valtteri Bottas (Williams F1 Team) scores first career points in 8th – putting four Renault-powered cars into (…) – Press Releases
Infiniti Red Bull Racing dominated today’s USA Grand Prix qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locking out the front row for the second consecutive race and the fifth time this season. Webber had set the pace on the first run in Q3 and looked set to secure his second pole in two races, until a banzai lap from Vettel on his second run snatched the pole from the Australian. The duo were well out in front, over half a second closer than third-placed Romain Grosjean
Crowned the new Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion three weeks ago, Kevin Magnussen will step up to the pinnacle of motorsport in 2014. Impressed by his superb 2013 campaign, which featured five wins in all, McLaren have named the 21-year-old Dane as one of their drivers for next season. Following a brilliant karting career, Kevin Magnussen made his single-seater debut in 2008