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
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
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
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
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.
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
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Safe to say that despite its novelty on the calendar, Austin has become a firm favourite with all of the team. The city is a fantastic place to visit and the track was equally impressive as the welcome we received. It’s a nice mix of technical corners and challenging external parameters, and with an average speed of close to 200kph, it is also a quick track
Following a 10-year absence, Renault is set to make its return to the Formula 3 grid. The result of the partnership between Renault Sport Technologies and Oreca, the Renault engine will be used by several teams in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In making this commitment, in conjunction with the World Series by Renault, Renault Sport Technologies has further strengthened its Formula One driver development programme
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Mark Webber second Seventh consecutive victory for Vettel Third 1-2 result for Infiniti Red Bull Racing this season Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) fourth, putting three Renault-powered cars into the top four 50th win for the Renault RS27 V8 engine 2013 world champion Sebastian Vettel scored a crushing win in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading every single lap to finish 30secs ahead of team-mate Mark (…) – Press Releases
Dubai-UAE: 03 November, 2013: Just hours before the start of the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and Charles Pic, who drive for the Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Caterham F1 Teams respectively, electrified the city of Dubai by ‘racing’ against each other in iconic electric-powered Renault TWIZYs. The drivers powered down the roads of Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai, and Safa Park in TWIZY cars.
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins Indian Grand Prix to secure 2013 drivers’ title Infiniti Red Bull Racing secures constructors’ championship for fourth consecutive year Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) joins Vettel on the podium Kimi Raikkonen seventh for Lotus F1 Team 12th title for Renault in F1 since 1977 Renault powered Sebastian Vettel to victory in today’s Indian Grand Prix, securing his fourth drivers’ world title in four years. The 25 points added to Infiniti Red (…) – Press Releases
Sebastian Vettel has claimed the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship crown, his fourth consecutive drivers’ title. The 26-year-old German drove his Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing to victory in the Indian Grand Prix, clinching the title with three races remaining. Sebastian has scored 10 wins, 7 pole positions and an insurmountable 322 points so far this season
Sebastian Vettel edged closer to his fourth world title today with pole position in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix. The German – who needs fifth place to secure the crown this weekend – edged out Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton for his seventh pole this season. His lap of 1:24.119 was set early on in Q1 on the soft tyres and was never headed.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations The Buddh International Circuit is one of the more interesting circuits on the calendar for engine engineers as there are many separate challenges over the course of one lap. There are long periods of wide open throttle, such as the long back straight, which require good top end power, but equally there are some tricky complexes such as turn 1 and the final sector. Additionally we encounter several long, radial turns where delivering (…) – News
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat will be reunited with Renault at the pinnacle of motorsport next season. A Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 runner-up and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps champion two years ago, Kvyat will drive in 2014 for Formula One outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso, who will be powering their cars with the Renault Power Unit Energy F1-2014. Having impressed in karting, Daniil Kvyat moved into single-seater racing in 2010, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 in the UK Winter Series, where he (…) – Press Releases
The 44,300 spectators who attended the final round of the 2013 World Series by Renault season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen seal the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, France’s Pierre Gasly clinch the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship and Italy’s Mirko Bortolotti finally take the Eurocup Megane Trophy honours. The one piece of silverware that has still to be handed out is the Eurocup Clio trophy, the winner of which will be revealed when the final (…) – Press Releases
Truly representative of the range, the Megane’s sporty features have evolved in step with Renault’s design identity. The Megane Renaultsport has always had a style of its own, but now we’ve made it even more dynamic, engineering a facelift that you can see for yourselves in our Facebook competition.
In the guise of the World Series by Renault, Renault Sport Technologies offers the most effective driver development programmes and a springboard to Formula One. Further proof of that will come at the end of this season, when motorsport’s brightest young hopes will be invited to take a seat in the Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 3.5.
Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) After Korean GP result, second consecutive podium to be 100% Renault-powered First time since 1996 that two consecutive podiums have been 100% Renault powered * Kimi Raikkonen fifth for Lotus F1 Team, giving Renault engines four of the top five positions Webber gave Renault its 209th pole on Saturday; a new record for engine (…) – Press Releases
The final round of the 2013 World Series by Renault season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will see champions crowned in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Megane Trophy. The penultimate round of the Eurocup Clio is also on the card in Catalonia, with the year’s final races still to come at Motorland Aragon, two weeks later. Now in its eighth consecutive year on the World Series by Renault programme, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is gearing up (…) – Press Releases
It is with great sadness that the World Series by Renault and the Renault Sport Technologies family learned of the death this morning of Maria de Villota. She was 33. The daughter of an ex-Formula One driver and the sister of Pons Racing team manager Emilio de Villota, Maria competed for several seasons in single-seater racing.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: The combination of corners, relentless flow through high speed sections and radial turns, esses and hairpins makes Suzuka one of the toughest challenges of the year for F1 engines. A high-speed figure of eight track, it really is the perfect storm of every type of corner imaginable. The first half of the circuit, from the First Curve to Spoon Curve, contains the majority of the corners
Sebastian Vettel wins Korean Grand Prix for Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault, four seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean finish second and third to make podium 100% Renault powered Third all-Renault powered podium this season Vettel has led 209 of the past 213 racing laps Vettel’s win gives him a mathematical chance to seal championship in Japan Renault-powered drivers locked out the podium in today’s Korean Grand Prix, with Sebastian (…) – Press Releases
Sebastian Vettel stormed to his third consecutive pole position in qualifying for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix. The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver ultimately needed just one lap of the South Korean track to secure his sixth pole of the year and his second at the Korean International Circuit. With the pole he also took Renault’s total of pole positions in F1 to 208, equaling the overall record held by Ferrari.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: The Korean Grand Prix sits in the middle of the table for engine requirements. There are both long straights and twisty corners, so the balance between engine power and driveability is fairly even. This isn’t remarkable in itself, but normally the straights and corners are distributed throughout the lap.