“So I see that Team Enstone are all set to become Renault F1 once again, and I say: ‘hooray for that!’”
The potential Renault purchase of what had previously been, Toleman, Benetton, Renault and then Lotus is returning one of the great names of motorsport to the pinnacle.
I have gigantic admiration and respect for Renault’s history and deep involvement with motorsport. As long ago as 1902, when openroad city-to-city races were the name of the game, Marcel Renault won the Paris to Vienna event in a self-named car, taking a mindboggling 15 hours and 47 minutes to do so. The first ever grand prix in 1906 in France, was won by Hungarian Ferenc Szisz in a Renault. Renault pioneered the use of turbo engines in F1 and were the first manufacturer to win with them. They had their own multi-race-winning F1 team from 1977 to 1985, and from 2002 to 2010, and have supplied engines to nine other teams. They have won the fabled Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race and the British Touring Car Championship. Renault-engined teams have won twelve F1 constructors’ championships. Ayrton Senna won races powered by Renault, and Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill,