FIA F1 Barcelona February TESTING II – Renault F1 Team (Test Day 26.02.20)

Renault’s F1 works return – begun in 2016 following the French marque’s takeover of the Lotus team – is proving a real challenge.

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BARCELONA CATALUNIYA CIRCUIT, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 2020: Esteban Ocon, RS20, during the pre-season testing at Barcelona Grand Prix Circuit on February 26, 2020. © ASppaImages ANO Photoagency Tel: +7 (968) 948-5103 email: aspressphoto@gmail.com Photographer Aleksandr B. Seregin

New management embarked on a long-term restructuring programme aimed at returning the famous name to race-winning glory, but thus far their battle has been one to top the midfield, rather than challenging the big three teams for podiums…

Full Team NameRenault F1 Team
BaseEnstone, United Kingdom
Team ChiefCyril Abiteboul
Technical ChiefTBC
ChassisR.S.20
Power UnitRenault
First Team Entry1986
World Championships2
Highest Race Finish1 (x20)
Pole Positions20
Fastest Laps13

2019

Progress up the championship order is halted, ironically by new Renault customers McLaren, who demote them to fifth in the standings, despite Daniel Ricciardo securing their best result to date with P4 in Italy.

2018

Rise up the grid continues apace, seeing off Haas to become ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams. Not quite podium contenders yet – fifth places in Azerbaijan and Germany are their best results – but their obvious potential lures Daniel Ricciardo away from Red Bull for 2019, replacing Carlos Sainz.

2017

Huge strides are made with the team’s first car designed around their own powerplant, resulting in a sevenfold increase in points scored and a four-place leap in the standings. Jolyon Palmer replaced as Nico Hulkenberg’s team mate mid-season, with Carlos Sainz joining to form one of the grid’s strongest driver line-ups.

Read Renault’s full year-by-year profile

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