Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: It’s fair to say that Spa is the hardest circuit of the year for the Power Units. There are long periods of wide open throttle, sweeping, high speed corners, hard stops and several important changes of altitude. Any one of these factors would be taxing for the new units, but the combination over one awesome 7km lap is enough to make even the hardiest engineer nervous.
Key practice points: F1 in Budapest, Hungary, for the final race of the first half of the season The twists and turns of the low-speed Hungaroring place an emphasis on low speed driveability and torque response Renault-powered teams continue to test upgraded software, with positive results concerning engine performance Third quickest time for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel More than 2,000km covered today over the four Renault-powered teams Rémi Taffin, head of track (…) – Press Releases
Back in single-seaters after two years in the DTM, Roberto Merhi heads to the summer break in second place in the general classification, as well as top rookie. With a podium result in the first race of the season, the Zeta Corse driver is now the man to beat in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. With two victories in the last three races he is now the main rival of championship leader and fellow Spaniard, Carlos Sainz (DAMS)
Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished the German Grand Prix in fourth and sixth positions following a thrilling race at the Hockenheimring. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo battled the entire race with both Ferraris and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton to secure two top six positions and a valuable 20 points. The score consolidates the team’s second position in the constructors’ championship.
For nearly a decade, Renault Sport Technologies and RPM Racing have enjoyed a successful collaboration in the World Series by Renault, one of the most entertaining and popular motor racing events in the world. The two entities have agreed to extend their association for the next two years, 2015 and 2016. It was during the creation of the World Series by Renault in 2005 that Renault Sport Technologies and RPM Racing began their partnership.
For its return to the World Series by Renault calendar, the Nürburgring welcomed 51,000 spectators for round four of the 2014 Fast, Free & Fun event proposed by Renault Sport Technologies. The German public was immersed into the Renault universe all weekend long thanks to action-packed races and numerous attractions and activity centres put in place. The fans had the chance to celebrate the victories of the standout drivers in the championships organized by the French carmaker with the (…) – Press Releases
The fourth of the year, the Nürburgring meeting is the last before the start of the World Series by Renault’s extended summer break. Ahead lie two months in which the drivers can take a well-earned rest and recharge their batteries before reconvening for the second half of the campaign, which begins at the Hungaroring on 13-14 September. Carlos Sainz, Nyck de Vries and Oscar Nogués, the respective leaders in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Clio (…) – News
Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) has become the first driver to win two races in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 this season. On this Saturday and on a wet track surface, the Dutchman and member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme got the better of pole winner, Alexander Albon (KTR) to triumph at the Nürburgring. In finishing third, Jack Aitken (Fortec Motorsports) claimed his maiden podium result in the category
Carlos Sainz (DAMS) returned to his winning ways on the return of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to the Nürburgring. Starting from pole, his sixth of the season, the Red Bull Junior Team driver led from start to finish for the victory ahead of Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) and Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports).
Alexander Albon (KTR) made light of less-than-ideal conditions at the Nürburgring on Saturday morning to claim his second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 pole, nearly a year after his first. The Lotus F1 Junior Team driver will head the grid from points leader Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP), with Nick Cassidy (Koiranen GP) and Andrea Pizzitola (Manor MP Motorsport) making up the second row.
Winner two weeks ago in Moscow Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) was quickest in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective tests. In the return of the World Series by Renault premier class at the Nürburgring, the Spaniard, who was victorious on this same circuit in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2008, set the fastest lap on Friday stopping the clock in 1:42.179 to lead the Red Bull Junior Team drivers, Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) and Carlos Sainz (DAMS). Sauber F1 Team reserve driver, (…) – Press Releases
Promoted to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 following his title in the North European Cup, Matt Parry (Fortec Motorsports) claimed his maiden podium result during the Moscow Raceway meeting. Following a difficult start to the season, the member of the Caterham Racing Academy wants to continue his climb up the general classification to win the championship at the end of the season and become the first Brit to win the Eurocup since James Matthews in 1994. Matt Parry began his motor racing (…) – Press Releases
The World Series by Renault makes its return to the Nürburgring this weekend. Absent from the calendar last year, the German circuit will host the fourth meeting of the 2014 season. The on and off-track programmes will be very busy with the Eurocup Clio returning to action alongside the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
The British Grand Prix saw the Renault-powered teams bounce back to points-scoring positions after the difficulties of the Austrian Grand Prix. Four cars fitted with the Renault Energy F1-2014 finished in the top ten at Silverstone, with Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo stepping onto the podium. Sebastian Vettel claimed fifth following a thrilling duel with Fernando Alonso, while the two Scuderia Toro Rosso cars rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth.
To ensure World Series by Renault competitors have all they need to access Formula 1, Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1 invited a handful for a special visit to the F1 paddock. During the running of the British Grand Prix, drivers from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 met the F1 movers and shakers at Silverstone. Once again this year, Renault Sport Technologies, Renault Sport F1 and their partners offered the drivers the chance to come to (…) – Press Releases
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel put his Renault-powered RB10 into second on the grid for tomorrow’s 50th British Grand Prix. The reigning world champion qualified on the front row following an exciting session with rapidly changing weather conditions. Four Renault-powered cars will also start from in the top ten for tomorrow’s race: Daniel Ricciardo put the sister Red Bull into eighth, with the two Scuderia Toro Rossos lining up ninth and tenth.
1-2-3 July – 3 days 100% F1 for some World Series by Renault Drivers with: Infiniti Red Bull Racing internship and Silverstone F1 Paddock day Discover our photo gallery – News
Key practice points: Turbo engines return to Silverstone today, more than 25 years after the Renault RS01 became the first turbocharged car to run in an F1 Grand Prix Silverstone track puts Renault Energy F1-2014 through its paces with 60% of the lap taken at wide open throttle Infiniti Red Bull Racing finish in top five in practice, Scuderia Toro Rosso within top ten Rémi Taffin, head of track operations: ‘Overall it’s been a positive day that has consolidated the tests and procedural (…) – Press Releases
Carlos Sainz Jr’s reward for being the current points leader in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series is a demonstration drive in the RB8 in front of the fans at the next World Series by Renault meeting, which takes place at the Nürburgring on 12-13 July 2014. Find out what he had to say after nailing down the drive.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: Silverstone is one of the most interesting circuits from a Power Unit point of view. Over the years it has become known as a power track and this year will be no different with the hybrid units. In fact the high torque, low downforce cars should produce even quicker speeds than we have seen in previous years.
A crowd of 78,000 attended the Moscow Raceway for round three of this year’s World Series by Renault. This third visit to Russia surpassed the expectations of the Russian fans with action packed races and numerous attractions for the public. In the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Sergey Sirotkin won on home soil, as did the Russian Zeta Corse team with driver Roberto Merhi
A year ago, Renault confirmed its commitment as technical partner to the new Formula E championship for electric single-seater racing cars. Today, Renault has extended its involvement with the announcement that it will be the title sponsor of the e.dams-Renault team which is jointly owned by Renault brand ambassador Alain Prost and Jean-Paul Driot.
As the curtain falls on the organised meeting at Moscow Raceway, the leader of Formula Renault 3.5 Series is announced…Carlos Sainz! The DAMS driver has therefore been granted the opportunity to circulate in Formula One in two weeks’ time. He will having a demonstration drive at the wheel of the Red Bull RB8 at the Nürburgring, during the next World Series by Renault meeting on 12 and 13 (…) – News
At the Moscow Raceway, Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing) got the better of Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) to take his maiden victory in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. After starting from pole, the Dutchman was overtaken on the opening lap but did finish second to allow him to pull away from championship rival Bruno Bonifacio (Prema Powerteam), who failed to score on Sunday. Lotus F1 Junior Team driver, Alexander Albon (KTR) crossed the line in third position to pick up his first podium (…) – Press Releases
After his retirement at the end of the first lap on Saturday, Nyck de Vries (Korainen GP) bounced back this morning, dominating the qualification sessions to claim his fourth pole position of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Joint occupant of the top spot in the overall classifications, the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme member will line up alongside Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing).
In front of his countrymen, Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) has taken his maiden victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Starting from pole, also his first in the category, the Sauber F1 Team reserve driver was joined on the podium by Zoel Amberg (AVF) and Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing) at the end of a race where the top three in the general classification remained blocked on the grid. Out of the points on Saturday, Carlos Sainz (DAMS) is all the same assured of leaving (…) – Press Releases
Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), reserve driver for the Sauber F1 Team, clinched his first pole position in Formula Renault 3.5 Series in front of his home crowd. At Moscow Raceway, the Russian headed Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) and Zoel Amberg (AVF) while championship leader, Carlos Sainz (DAMS), could only manage sixth position on the grid.
Sauber F1 Team reserve driver, Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) was quickest in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test. At the Moscow Raceway, where he made his debut in the headliner category of the World Series by Renault in 2012, the Russian driver set best on Friday with a lap of 1:20.723 leading the way ahead of Zoel Amberg (AVF) and Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse). Caterham Racing Academy driver, Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) set best time in the morning session.
In hosting the World Series by Renault this week, Moscow Raceway evokes memories of its inaugural event two years ago. On 14 July 2012, the Renault Sport Technologies Fast, Free & Fun meet effectively became the first international race meeting to be held at a Russian track.
Jean-Pascal Dauce has been bringing his expertise and passion for motorsport to bear in the Renault Group for nearly 15 years now. On 1 July he returns to the post of Renault Sport Technologies’ director of motorsport, one he held between 2009 and 2012. The holder of a degree in mathematics and an MA in numerical analysis from the ENSM (National School of Mechanical Engineering) in Nantes, Dauce has spent virtually all his career at the Renault Group.
For the third meeting of the 2014 World Series by Renault season, the competitors head to the Moscow Raceway this coming June 28 and 29. Following a successful inauguration in 2012, the Russian circuit hosts the event proposed by Renault Sport Technologies for a third consecutive year. The drivers and teams will be accompanied by Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, who will star in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show in front an enthusiastic home crowd
Key practice points: F1 makes first trip to Austria since 2003; two 90 minute practice sessions get action underway Track challenges the limits of the Power Units with long straights and few corners Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel highest-classified Renault-powered car with sixth in FP2 Rémi Taffin, head of track operations: ‘The running conducted confirmed our simulations: it’s a very quick lap so the Power Units are under a lot of pressure.’ An interesting first day at the (…) – Press Releases
Five-times British Grand Prix winner Alain Prost confirmed for Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix parades
Prost: the most successful F1™ driver to have ever raced at Silverstone Four-times F1™ World Champion and Renault ambassador to drive 2012 British Grand Prix winning Renault-powered Red Bull RB8 Four-times Formula 1™ World Champion, five-times British Grand Prix winner and Renault ambassador Alain Prost is the latest F1™ great confirmed to take part in Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix commemorative parades at this year’s FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (04-06 July). Having won the British (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: It’s a pleasure to return to Austria for the first time since 2003. It’s a beautiful, flowing track that may look simple but there are a number of challenging points for the Power Units that will push us to the limits. The circuit consists of four long straights, meaning the ICE runs at full throttle for a high percentage of the lap.
#Under8… Renault Sport vowed it would be done, and the sportiest Mégane has duly added a third lap record round the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife to its impressive list of achievements. The feat was accomplished by an all-new limited-edition model imbued with a radical philosophy: Mégane R.S
The long relationship between the Laffite family and Renault takes a new form in 2014. This year, Margot Laffite becomes a Renault Sport Ambassador making the most of her expertise and notoriety. In 1970, Jacques Laffite began his motor racing career competing in Formula France in a Renault powered Martini MK4 before going on to become one of the first French Formula Renault Champions in history.
Championship leader in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series heading to the meeting at the Moscow Raceway, Carlos Sainz has dominated the first half of the season with four wins from seven starts. Second in the 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the son of the two-time World Rally Champion still remains prudent for the rest of the year and isn’t taking anything for granted after what was a complicated 2013 campaign. Inevitably, Carlos Sainz is asked why he chose open-wheel racing over rallying, (…) – Press Releases
Key practice points: FIA Formula One World Championship makes first of two annual stops in North America for Canadian Grand Prix Two 90 minute practice sessions get track action underway Next stage of upgrades to Renault Energy F1 evaluated over the day Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel highest-classified Renault-powered car with third in FP2 Tough opening day for other Renault-powered cars on high-speed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Rémi Taffin, head of track operations: (…) – Press Releases
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: At the start of the season we said that we would be out of recovery mode and back on track from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards. In the last four races we’ve introduced several new upgrades and we will complete the process in Montreal, effectively giving us the first full opportunity to see where we are versus the competition. We have several new parts to debut here, primarily designed to give us greater reliability.
68,000 spectators turned up at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the second meeting of the World Series by Renault season. On the track, the weekend was highlighted by the two triumphs of Carlos Sainz (DAMS) in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the two victories for the Prema Powerteam in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 thanks to Dennis Olsen and Bruno Bonifacio. Janneau Esmeijer (Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior), Melvin de Groot and Max Braams (Clio Cup Benelux-Central Europe) also starred (…) – Press Releases
The star of the F1 Show at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend is none other than Jean-Eric Vergne in the Red Bull RB8. Delighted to be reunited with his World Series by Renault “family”, three years on from finishing runner-up in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the Red Bull driver sat down to answer our WSR tenth-anniversary questions. Name one track you dreamed of driving when you were young