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 

 
 POS.DATEF1 GRAND PRIXLAPSDISTANCE
103/27/2011 Australia 58 307,574
204/10/2011 Malaysia 56 310,408
304/17/2011 China 56 305,256
405/08/2011 Turkey 58 309.604
505/22/2011 Spain 66 307,230
605/29/2011 Monaco 78 260,520
706/12/2011 Canada 70 305,270
806/26/2011 Europe (Valencia) 57 308,883
907/10/2011 Great-Britain 60 308,460
1007/24/2011 Germany 60308.880
1107/31/2011 Hungary 70 306,670
1208/28/2011 Belgium 44 308,176
1309/11/2011 Italy 53 307,209
1409/25/2011 Singapore 61 309,453
1510/09/2011 Japan 53 307,771
1610/16/2011 South Korea 55 309,155
1710/30/2011 India n/a n/a
1811/13/2011 Abu Dhabi 55 305,470
1911/27/2011 Brazil 71 305,939

 

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