Full Team Name Renault Sport Formula One Team
Base Enstone, United Kingdom
Team Chief Cyril Abiteboul
Technical Chief Bob Bell
Chassis R.S.18
Power Unit Renault
First Team Entry 1986
World Championships 2
Highest Race Finish 1 (x20)
Pole Positions 20
Fastest Laps 13

In profile

The 2016 season saw Renault return as an F1 works entry following their takeover of the Lotus team - the Enstone-based squad which the French automaker previously ran from 2002 to 2011. It wasn't just the team name that changed: Mercedes engines inevitably made way for Renault’s eponymous power unit, as the new management embarked on a long-term restructuring programme aimed at returning the famous marque to race-winning glory…


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.


A tough year of transition, as the R.S.16 car - originally designed around a Mercedes engine - proves far from competitive in the hands of former McLaren racer Kevin Magnussen and former Lotus tester Jolyon Palmer. Score on just three occasions, with a best of seventh for Magnussen in Russia, and finish a lowly ninth in the final standings.


Final season under Lotus name before Renault takeover. Form much improved over 2014, with the Mercedes-powered E23 accumulating 78 points in the hands of Grosjean and Maldonado, the former’s fine third in Belgium being the team’s best result.

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