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Renault target victory with R25 01 Feb 2005

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R25. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 25 January 2005. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Renault officially launched their 2005 challenger, the R25, at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum on Tuesday, with chairman Patrick Faure insisting the team have their sights firmly set on taking the fight to Ferrari this season.

“No longer will we be satisfied to be regular podium finishers,” explained Faure. “This season, we must take regular race wins. Since Renault's return to Formula One in 2002, we have set ambitious objectives and, each time, achieved them. I believe we can deliver on our promises once again.”

Renault lost out to BAR for second place in the 2004 constructors’ championship after their momentum stalled somewhat in the second half of the season, a trend they are confident the R25, with its innovative V-keel suspension, can reverse.

The new car, which made its track debut at Valencia last week, is powered by Renault’s all-new RS25 V10 engine, designed to meet the new two-weekend reliability target. The R25 is the work of chief designer Tim Densham, overseen by technical director Bob Bell, while development of the RS25 has been led by project leader Axel Plasse under the leadership of engine technical director Rob White.

“Everything is now in place for us to move up to the next level,” continued Faure. “Viry-Chatillon (Renault’s engine plant in France) and Enstone (their UK factory) are working together in complete synergy. Our team has been built up progressively and without precipitation. We want to be fighting for the world title in 2005-6, which means we must be among the teams who can compete with Ferrari on an equal footing this year.”

Faure was equally upbeat about Renault’s new driver partnership, which sees Giancarlo Fisichella returning to the team to partner Fernando Alonso. “Our driver line-up is perfectly balanced,” said Faure. “Fernando will reach his peak this year, while Giancarlo is at the top of his game. He is quick and, most importantly, a finisher. This is a key factor: being able to fight for the world title means systematically collecting points with two cars.”