40 years: the time­line

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1977

The RS01 makes its F1 de­but at the Bri­tish Grand Prix with Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the wheel for the sin­gle-car team

1979

Two years af­ter its de­but in the sport, Re­nault claims its first F1 vic­tory at Djon, again with French driver Jabouille at the wheel

1983

Alain Prost takes four vic­to­ries and nar­rowly misses out on the world ti­tle. He’s sacked two days af­ter the fi­nal race

1985

The French mar­que takes the dra­matic step of leav­ing the sport as a constructor

1986

The fol­low­ing year it also pulls out of F1 as an en­gine sup­plier, but its en­gine fa­cil­ity at Viry-Chatil­lon re­mains fully op­er­a­tional

1989

Re­nault re­turns to F1 as an en­gine sup­plier to Wil­liams, win­ning two races in its come­back sea­son

1992

Af­ter a dom­i­nant sea­son the Mansell/Wil­liams/ Re­nault combo wins both world ti­tles

1993

Alain Prost and Wil­liams/Re­nault claim both the driver and constructor ti­tles

1995

Michael Schu­macher and Benetton-Re­nault take out both world ti­tles

1996

Da­mon Hill and Wil­liams/Re­nault claim both world ti­tles, but de­cide not to re-sign his con­tract for ’97 in favour of HeinzHar­ald Frentzen

1997

De­spite once again win­ning both world ti­tles with Cana­dian Jacques Vil­leneuve, Re­naults with­draws from F1 at the end of the year

2000 Re­nault buys the Benetton F1 team 2005

Fer­nando Alonso and Re­nault F1 Team claim both world ti­tles. It’s Re­nault’s first ti­tle suc­cess as a constructor

2006

Alonso/Re­nault F1 win both world ti­tles. How­ever, the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing its cars’ mass dampers damp­ens the re­sult

2007

Re­nault sup­plies en­gines to Red Bull Rac­ing, a col­lab­o­ra­tion that con­tin­ues to this day – net­ting RBR four cham­pi­onships with Se­bas­tian Vet­tel

2008

The French team is caught up in race-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions at Sin­ga­pore, which re­sulted in Flavio Bri­a­tore and Pat Sy­monds be­ing banned from the sport

2015

Re­nault buys back its shares from Genii Cap­i­tal which it sold at the end of the 2010 sea­son

2017

McLaren in­fa­mously splits with Ja­panese gi­ant Honda, an­nounc­ing it will use Re­nault power for the 2018 sea­son and be­yond

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