Sports | 19 March 2012

F1: the new RS27 engine delivers at the Australian GP

by Groupe Renault

2012 F1 season: it's on! We announced it a few weeks ago, Renault powers 4 teams in F1 this season, amounting to one third of the grid. The RS27 engine (2012 version), which was adapted to new regulations, was introduced in Melbourne this weekend, powering our partnering teams, Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team, Caterham F1 Team et Williams F1 Team and their pilots.

The beginning of the season in Melbourne last weekend was thus a real laboratory to test out this new engine, which seems to be standing by its promise since it powered Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) to the second position at the season-opening Australian GP. The reigning world champion finished 2.1secs behind winner Jenson Button and two seconds ahead of third-placed Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber finished in fourth position, his highest finish in his home Grand Prix, to give the Red Bull-Renault package a total of 30 points.

Promising start for new partner this year, Williams F1 Team, led by Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado. Caterham F1 Team showed a decent race pace, with Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov running in the midfield.

In total, Renault engines scored 36 points from the Australian Grand Prix, thanks to Team Red Bull Racing's experience and Lotus F1 Team's Kimi Raikkonen, who raced from 17th on the grid to seventh at the flag fall, giving his team a valuable six points.

Australian Grand Prix: the photo review

The teams:

Sebastian Vettel getting back to the paddock :

Jenson Button first, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) second:

Also seen at this Grand Prix, a Mégane R.S. 250 raceoff, organized by Renault Sport, decked out in the livery of Red Bull Racing :

Last but not least, the flying man! Nick Macomber, also known as Renault Jetpack Man, who lost to the Mégane R.S. in a raceoff :

Calendar for the season 

1 03/27/2011  Australia  58  307,574
2 04/10/2011  Malaysia  56  310,408
3 04/17/2011  China  56  305,256
4 05/08/2011  Turkey  58  309.604
5 05/22/2011  Spain  66  307,230
6 05/29/2011  Monaco  78  260,520
7 06/12/2011  Canada  70  305,270
8 06/26/2011  Europe (Valencia)  57  308,883
9 07/10/2011  Great-Britain  60  308,460
10 07/24/2011  Germany  60 308.880
11 07/31/2011  Hungary  70  306,670
12 08/28/2011  Belgium  44  308,176
13 09/11/2011  Italy  53  307,209
14 09/25/2011  Singapore  61  309,453
15 10/09/2011  Japan  53  307,771
16 10/16/2011  South Korea  55  309,155
17 10/30/2011  India  n/a  n/a
18 11/13/2011  Abu Dhabi  55  305,470
19 11/27/2011  Brazil  71  305,939


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