Renault RS19 F1 2019

Debut:

1977

Grands Prix:

366

Constructor's Championships:

2

Driver's Championships:

2

Wins:

35

Team Principal:

Cyril Abiteboul

Drivers:

Nico Hulkenberg

Daniel Ricciardo

Significant Others:

Bob Bell - Chief Technical Officer, World Championship Winning designer of previous Renaults in 2005 & 2006, not about to be added to any time soon

History:

Renault first entered F1 in 1977 with turbo engines that didn't work. Perhaps attempting to recreate their heritage too literally, a lot of what can be said about the reformed team's return to contemporary F1 is that it is in remarkably similar shape.

Confronted with the mighty budgets of Mercedes and Ferrari, never mind customer team Red Bull, Renault mystifyingly decided to restart their factory team from the ashes of the old one albeit following a few years' rebranding as Lotus. Or asset-stripping as everyone else put it.

2 years into their vague multi-year plan, the Regie are so achingly midfield they may as well have hired Patrick Viera and Roy Keane to drive for them but instead got Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jnr once they'd put Jolyon Palmer out of his misery having first emptied his pockets.

Expect them to creep up the grid past the likes of Force India or Williams whilst trying not to notice Mclaren passing them at the same time and hence being last of the teams actually using their engines. *Amazing*.

Distinguishing Markings:

Mostly yellow to ape the great Renault F1 cars of old which would be news to Alain Prost if nothing else.

Reasons to support them, part 1:

You're French. They're not Lotus.

Fun Fact(s):

Failing to land yet another World Championship in 1983 owing to the bone-headed incompetence of his team, Renault factory workers nonetheless decided to set fire to Alain Prost's everyday commuting transport thereby kind of making his whole point for him

Split personality?:

To be fair to Renault at least one of their earlier incarnations was also Renault though that's a bit like saying Elizabeth Taylor was less mental than Zsa Zsa Gabor because at least two of her marriages were to the same person

Owned by:

The French Government: what could possibly go wrong?

Not to be confused with:

Lotus, Jordan, an annoying wasp at a picnic

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