RenaultRenault - sports team, participating in the Formula 1 races. The history of the team began in 1977 when it was organized by avtoroizvoditelem-Renault. Initially, the team Renault positioned as a national French project. For the French team were racers, sponsored French companies Elf and Equipe, even the tires, which were equipped cars were produced by the French company Michelin.Osnovnaya rate in the 70's was made at the Renault team turbine engines, which, although characterized by high capacity, but could not boast of reliability . During this period, the team scored only one victory in 1979. Despite the problems with the engines in the 1983 season the team won second place in the Constructors' Championship, and driver Alain Prost took second place in the individual competition. However, a title he prevented the gathering because of problems with the turbine at the last stage of the race. Since then, the results are not getting better, and the team left the formula 1. From 1989 to 1997, part of Renault's Formula 1 engines was to supply its production of engines leading komandam.S Williams and Benetton teams have won the Constructors' Cup six times in a row. Return of the team in the ranks of Formula 1 dates back to 2002 when they finished chetvertymi.V 2003 they were able to hold onto fourth place in 2004, reached the third season, and in 2005 won the world championship, and won first place in the Constructors' Championship. Riders who have brought the team victory - Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella. They also helped the 2006 team Renault repeated its success. In 2007, Fernando Alonso left the team, which led to an unsuccessful season - the team finished in third place in the Constructors' Championship. In this regard, in 2008, Flavio Briatore, head of the department of Renault Formula 1, has decided to update the structure. Thanks to him, returned to the team, Fernando Alonso, a co-pilot took place Nelson Piquet Jnr. Because of the scandal surrounding Grand Prix 2008 in Singapore, the team has lost its main sponsor and changed its color back to black and yellow coloring. In season 2010 the team debuted Russian driver Vitaly Petrov.
The first Russian Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov congratulated Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a contract with the Williams team.Vitaly Petrov tweeted "Congratulations to Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a military pilot with Williams. Show them all there"Petrov competed in F1 from 2010 to 2012 for Renault and Caterham. At the Grand Prix of Australia, 2011 Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
Last year on the tests at the wheel Renault has worked both Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin. Now both pilots will run in the Williams.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault Sport "last year we worked with Robert, and with Sergei, and I'm glad they found a place in another team.As for Sergei, I am very happy that he got to Formula 1. He amazed us with his ability to understand the machine and give feedback that is needed during tests. He's a very talented pilot".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team has several options with respect to the engine supplier in 2019.Christian Horner "we Have options with the engine for the season 2019. Before we never had a choice. We have time to evaluate the options and make a decision.If we talk about the Toro Rosso collaboration with Honda, this is a great option. We will monitor the progress of the team and the Japanese minders".Obviously, the options mentioned by Horner, is Renault and Honda.
In 1979 the factory Renault team achieved the first victory in Formula 1. Brought it to Jean-Pierre Jaboi on the car with start number "15".Renault came into Formula 1 in 1977, with unusual for its time with a turbo engine. Two years machine, Renault was the subject of ridicule -they are nicknamed "the yellow teapot" for the unusual shape and constant engine failures. But in 1979 the turbo showed its potential.Initially, Renault was only the Frenchman Jean-Pierre ABUY. In 1979, his partner was compatriot Rene Arnoux. ABUY as the first pilot got the number "15".Already in the third stage in South Africa ABUY driving RS01 won the qualification. Then came the car RS10, where Jean-Pierre earned the pole position in France, Germany and Italy. But the results of races, or rather, reliability of equipment left much to be desired 12 retirements in 14 races due to various breakdowns. To the finish managed to get only in Brazil and in France, but it is the home Grand Prix for the first time ABUY climbed to the top step of the podium, and it was the first victory in Formula 1 with turbo engine. At the end of the season the Frenchman with 9 points ranked 13th.
The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".
When in 2014 the pilots received the right to choose the start number, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado made an unusual choice - the number "13".Obviously, the pilots and the leadership of the Formula 1 is quite superstitious, otherwise how to explain that in Formula 1 almost never used the number "13" When the teams were assigned rooms, then after a couple of "11"-"12" once was a pair of "14"-"15". Only in 1976 Divina Galik took a chance to take the number "13" but not even qualify.Obviously, Maldonado decided to challenge fate, and in 2014, moving from Williams to Lotus, took the starting number "13". It is worth remembering that the Pastor in 2012 won the Grand Prix of Spain, that is a pilot, albeit average, but tasted the prize of champagne. However, in the 2014 season, everything was going from bad to worse numerous Renault engine failures, crashes and collisions. Only once in the United States Maldonado started from the top ten and earned the only points for the 9th place.
Managers Artem Markelov are in talks with Renault team regarding the contract backup pilot.Last season, Marcus played in Formula 2, won 5 races and became the Vice-champion, losing only to Charles LeClair, which this year makes its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. If Artem is going to get a contract with Renault, it is not excluded that the Russian will take part in several Friday practice.By the way, the canadian champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve, who loves to criticize as his compatriot lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat, saying that Russia has a good pilot Artem Markelov.Last year Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is expected to become a combat pilot Williams.
In recent years in Formula 1 starting grid is used, where in the same row are two machines, one of which is a little more different. But things can change in a few years.Pat Symonds, in the past technical Director of the Renault and Williams "In recent years, we use the grid with a stepped configuration. Of course, the race become boring due to the fact that in front of everyone is the fastest car.Before it was different. In a boardroom in London there are pictures of the old Monza, where in the first row are four cars. Maybe it should do so nowWe have virtual tools for validation of such ideas. I think we should change the starting grid and to simulate the 20 races. I wonder what will happen not at the end of a 300-kilometer race, and after the first three rounds".
The head of McLaren, Zach brown is confident that Renault engines will help his team to return to the group leaders.Zach brown "it's No secret that we seriously lacked power. We hope that the Renault engines will help solve this problem, will help us to return to the group leaders. But it is difficult to say what position we can count on. Last year we had a great chassis. The modernization that we have prepared during the season, worked.Yes, Renault have reliability problems, but they have power. On the one hand, in Mexico there were several failures of Renault engines, on the other hand Max Verstappen dominated the race. Renault powerful engine".
In 2010 in the Formula-1 there was a Russian pilot - in-part of Renault debuted Vitaly Petrov. In 2011, the Russian has maintained a place in the French team, having the number "10".In 2010 Petrov scored 27 points and took the 13th place - the results are, admittedly, not very good on the background of Robert Kubica, who finished the season in 8th position with 136 points. However, with Vitali renew the contract for one year. Of course, not without the help of Russian sponsors.To the 2011 season, the Renault engineering headquarters, headed by James Allison has prepared a unique car R31 with forward exhaust. Suddenly, after the first tests, which showed serious potential innovations in a serious accident Kubica, and most of the work in preparation for the new season fell on the shoulders of Petrov. This has borne fruit already in the first Grand Prix of Australia Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
Last year a member of the Racing Academy of Ferrari was the Russian Robert Shwartzman. The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo told about prospects of the Russian pilot who this year will act Euroseries Formula 3.Mika Salo "It is very fast. We noticed it even in karting. Robert is always ready to learn, he speaks Russian, Italian, English and French. This is the best pilot from Russia in recent years.In the Racing Academy of Ferrari, he will learn a lot. Last season he won a lot of races, but often made stupid mistakes.Let's see what will happen next. A lot will depend on how he'll spend the season in Formula 3".In 2017 Schwartzman played in the European series, Formula Renault 2.0, has won 6 of the 23 races and took third place overall.
Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that for him the most important thing is to fight for the third title in Formula 1.Fernando Alonso "of Course, I focus primarily on Formula 1 and his goal to win a third world title.With the power unit Renault, we will be able to participate again in the fight for victory. However, I also have plans to take part in classic races around the world that do not coincide with the Formula 1 calendar. For example, 24 hours of Daytona is the first step in endurance racing, and of course, I hope I'll like it, because Le Mans is another one of my goal.If Le Mans this year I will manage that next year I will return to the Indy 500".
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet said that Fernando Alonso is a good pilot, but a poor politician.Nelson Piquet "Fernando Alonso had a chance to win up to five world Championships, but the reality is that he was always making a mess in any team, no matter where he was.He is a fantastic pilot, but he creates a lot of problems, and, in the end, it all ends the fact that he left the team.He's a bad politician. When you come to a new team, you must first be patient and work together and then win. But he always wants the best at once but it's not the best way".In 2008 and 2009 partner Alonso at Renault was the son of triple champion Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Flavio Briatore, former head of the commands Benetton Renault, indirectly confirmed that the free space in Williams is Sergey Sirotkin, but not Robert Kubica, whose work leads the 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.Flavio Briatore "I'm sorry that Kubica was able to negotiate with Williams. I spoke with Rosberg, and he said that he tried various options, but the pilot from Russia, a big budget, about 20 million, but Kubica was able to collect approximately 7-10 million.Sorry. And I don't even know the name of this Russian. Very strange that the leaders of the championship did not help Robert to return to Formula 1 - that would be great".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton is hoping that his team will be able to spend the new season absolutely no gatherings.Lewis Hamilton "We plan to complete each circle is our goal. Of course, it will be difficult to do this, but that's what we plan to do in the new season.I have faith in the team. They are able to commit this technological wonder. This is a huge, huge task, but possible. 2017 Golden year for us, but there is no reason not to repeat it again.I think that between us, Ferrari and teams with Renault engines will be a tough fight. Each of us can become a champion.But, as I said, we plan to complete every race. We had the best reliability, we had all time performances. We will try to achieve more, working hard on a new car."Last season, Hamilton drove the race of all races, and only in one case, he lost to the leader of a circle.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes his team took a big risk, working with the engine during the season-2017.Cyril abiteboul "We found some problems during the winter tests and some are still in the beginning of the season. It was very late to respond to these issues and to make changes in the design of the engine.During the season we worked a little bit with fire, opening a new operation of the engine, which had some impact on reliability. We also had the problem consists in the fact that some teams could not carry out cooling of the engine. Had to work with each team individually".
The pilot of Renault Carlos Sainz'm sure disagreements with team-mate Nico Hulkenberg this year is just inevitable.Carlos Sainz "It will be an interesting experience. But if we fight for victory, the differences with Nico are inevitable.I confronted a guy who's already seven or eight years in Formula 1, and he's really well settled in such a luxurious team.I can learn a lot in this situation as a pilot. And the team will be able to use our potential.I'm sure we can push each other, and this will push the team forward. I also think that Nico glad to call and fight with me. This will help us all in every way".
In 1990 Ayrton Senna won the second title in the 1991 season as defending champion earned the right to play with a champion "single".The 1991 season was the fourth for the Union McLaren-Honda. Japanese motorists for the first time to prepare itself aspirated engine configuration V12. However, during the winter tests have problems, and the second team pilot Gerhard Berger even advised to go back to last year's V10 engine. However, the new season, McLaren started with a new engine. But the debut of the semi-automatic gearbox, which is already used by rivals Ferrari and Williams, had to be postponed.Senna won the first four races, earned 40 out of 40 points and brought their lead to 29 points. But then the McLaren started, and in five races Ayrton only twice climbed to the third step of the podium. In Williams, by contrast, dealt with the reliability of the Renault engines, and Nigel Mansell have won three of five races, reducing the gap from the leader of the championship to 8 points.
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport has published data on engine power, Formula 1.Experts Auto Motor und Sport used the insider information and also made calculations with the help of GPS. In the end, the most powerful is recognized as the powerplant of the Mercedes - 949 HP followed by Ferrari 934 HP and Renault 907 HP As expected, at the end of the rating Honda with 881 HP.
It is known that the leadership of the McLaren decided to part ways with Honda, the first thing turned to Mercedes, but in the end, a contract was signed for the supply of the power plant of Renault.Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda, for example, opposed the supply of engines to McLaren, unlike Toto. Wolff now claims that the German minders were ready to resume cooperation with the British team.Toto Wolff "We were ready to put their engines to the McLaren team, but negotiations dragged on heavily, and the necessary resources for collaboration in 2018 was not. Perhaps in the future the cooperation will resume."Team McLaren used Mercedes engines from 1995 to 2014.
The head of Renault, Cyril abiteboul told that the improvements of the power plant, made in the course of the last season allowed his team to play a second of lag.Cyril abiteboul "It was a goal we set for ourselves, but actually during the season we have enabled various methods of motor control and were able to extract additional performance.The engine itself, if you evaluate the end of last season and the end of it improved the second. This is great progress, but we need to use all the engine power that we just could not afford it.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said about his attitude to a subsidiary of the Toro Rosso team.Helmut Marko "Toro Rosso started the season quite strongly. Then they are faced with incredible problems of reliability - it was really incredible Also from the point of view of development of the machine they went the wrong way. They are now focused on next season and collaboration with Honda. Since the announcement of the all their efforts were directed to work with the Japanese.The pilots All the pilots with whom the team began the season left. Sainz went to Renault. Kvyat left, so the Toro Rosso had to restart in the middle of the season with two new pilots. I think, given the circumstances, Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley really good job. And the good news is that Brandon no longer need to switch attention between Porsche and Formula 1, so I'm sure that next season from Toro Rosso are very good pilots".
Sergey Sirotkin is one of the contenders for a place in the team Williams. It was supported by Cyril abiteboul, head of the team Renault, where the Russians the last two years worked as a test pilot.Cyril abiteboul "Sergey has impressed us with their work. In two or three practices, there are technical problems that didn't depend on him, but when there were no problems, he was able to show high speed and provide good feedback. He has a little experience in Formula 1, but the results are impressive.Some of the new 2017 appeared thanks to the work of Sergei testhi in the simulator. I believe that he deserves a place in Formula-1".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that one of the main problems of his team last season - pit-stops.Cyril abiteboul "the pit stops were one of the two big problems of the team this year. The second problem is reliability. So, this is one of the main tasks of winter, and we are going to reorganize the structure a bit to focus on this.We designed a new wheel nut for the next year, we don't want problems with the wheels."The Renault team finished the season in ninth place in the ranking of the DHL Fastest Pit Stop, ahead only of Sauber. The evaluation system of rewards is modeled by the same system of points and the championship for example 1st place - 25 points 2 - 18 points, etc., Renault scored just 8 points all season. For comparison, pit the Mercedes team has earned 472 points.
Fernando Alonso intends to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans in the composition of the factory team Toyota and have already conducted the first tests. However, the management of McLaren has not yet decided whether to release the Spaniard.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "We were talking with Renault on this topic, and they don't mind, because they can't perform at Le Mans. Fernando wants to play for Toyota, because he believes that there he's got a good chance.But we're going to discuss this issue. We want to make sure that Le Mans will not distract him from Formula 1. The decision regarding Le Mans will be made very soon".
The head of McLaren Zach brown said that after the winter tests his team gave the Honda mechanics six months for a solution to their problems.Zach brown "We knew that we have problems, even on the tests in Barcelona, and we have worked very hard for six months to try to find solutions that will make us much more competitive in 2018. Eventually, after trying many different things and many different ways, we felt that we will not be able to fight with Honda for the victory.Three years in Formula 1 for a long time, so we needed to change direction, to return our team to the top. Honda is a great company with excellent staff. The relationship between us was always strong and remains strong, so do not rule out new cooperation. We wish them the best, but we had to make some decision in our interests.The relationship was much stronger than was expected by the people. We worked hard, we were disappointed together, but we never yelled at each other".Next season McLaren will use the power plant of Renault.
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.