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Renault forced to raise game for second double 25 Oct 2006

Championship winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006 Flavio Briatore (ITA) Renault F1 Managing Director celebrates Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault's World Championship.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 retires from the race with a blown engine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, United States Grand Prix, Race, Indianapolis, USA, 2 July 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, 18 March 2006

Renault achieved their 2006 championship success having scored the same number of victories and pole positions they did in 2005. However, a closer look at the team’s statistics reveals a steadily improving level of performance over the last year.

The team won 206 championship points this season, compared to the 191 in 2005, pushing up their scoring percentage from 56 to 64.

In 2005, Fernando Alonso led a total of 336 laps, 39 less than Kimi Raikkonen. This season the Spaniard was in front for an impressive 463 laps - 97 more than second-placed driver Michael Schumacher. Alonso led during 15 of 18 races - four more than in 2005

This season, Renault cars finished 32 times in 36 starts - a finishing record of 89 percent. Once again, the numbers show how Renault raised their game; the figure one year ago was 81 percent - or 29 finishes in 36 starts.

Perhaps most remarkably of all, Alonso completed his entire championship-winning campaign in one car. Chassis R26-03 took to the grid in Bahrain some seven months ago and the same car crossed the finishing line in Brazil. It did not miss a single race.

All of the above has helped Renault and Alonso to join a rather illustrious crowd. Only Michael Schumacher and Ferrari (2000-04), Ayrton Senna and McLaren (1990/1) and Jack Brabham and Cooper (1959/60) have previously achieved back-to-back wins in both drivers’ and constructors’ championships.