The new race driver is well-known Carlos Sainz Jr. The current Toro Rosso will be new Nico Hülkenberg teammate. He’s only 23 years old but he still has great F1 experience – 53 races, 100 points scored during his career and ranked 6th four times at his best, in only 3 seasons.
We could almost agree that our future driver is “coming home”. He started his career in Renault Junior Formulae with great successes: He won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship in 2011 as well as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014. Carlos is pleased to join Renault Sport Racing.
The trajectory of Renault Sport Formula One Team is exciting and I’m proud to join at such an important time in their history. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Enstone and Viry, and driving alongside Nico Hülkenberg. Carlos Sainz, 2018 Renault Sport Formula One Team driver.
For the first time in 40 years of combine presence in F1, Renault have agreed an engine supply partnership for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons with Mclaren. It is a “win-win” partnership. For McLaren Racing, the reason for the partnership is evident: Renault has demonstrated its ability to build championship-winning engines, for its own team as well as customer teams.
For Renault Sport Racing, it provides the manufacturer with a second top-level Formula 1 team able to provide it with top-class feedback in relation to the development of its engine.
This is a new step in the great aims that Renault Sport Racing wants to reach.
We are pleased to confirm a new partnership for Renault Sport Racing and McLaren Racing and excited to embark on this new relationship of these two historic brands in Formula 1 cooperating together for the first time. This agreement is perfectly in line with our mid-term strategy and with our objective to be in a winning position as a team in 2020. Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing.