“So I see that Team Enstone are all set to be­come Re­nault F1 once again, and I say: ‘hooray for that!’”

F1 Racing - - CHEQUERED FLAG -

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,

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