Sports | 19 November 2012

Vettel brings 11th world title to Renault Sport F1, 3rd year running with Red Bull Racing

by Groupe Renault

Renault Sport F1, Red Bull Racing engine supplier since 2007, celebrated its 11th world title in Formula One after the USA GP and Vettel's podium. This title adds to those won with Williams, Benetton and Renault F1.

The result comes after 440 points, 7 wins, eight pole positions and 7 fastest laps for the duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber so far this year.

The Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership started in 2007 when the RS27, Renault’s 2.4 litre V8 developed in Viry-Châtillon, was integrated into the Red Bull Racing team chassis. The 1st podium came in the inaugural season, with the first-ever Red Bull Racing-Renault win arriving in China 2009. The RS27 has since powered Red Bull to a total of 34 wins, 3 constructors’ championships and 1794.5 points in just over 5 years.

Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO, commented,On behalf of Renault and all our employees I would like to congratulate Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Racing for this latest success. Eleven world constructors’ titles for Renault in a little over 35 years in the sport is a considerable achievement.

This result fully justifies Renault’s decision to return to F1 engine supply and will provide additional motivation as we move forward to our next challenges : continued success in F1 and preparing for the introduction of the new engine regulations in 2014.’

These 11 titles add to 151 wins, the 1st of which dates back to 1979, which was won by Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the French  GP, on the  Dijon-Prenois track, and the most recent being Kimi Räikkönen's pole position in Abu Dhabi, beginning of November.

Renault Sport F1 powers 4 teams this season: Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham. 5 Renault engines were among the top 10 in USA Grand Prix. Vettel now takes a 13 point advantage over drivers’ title rival Fernando Alonso, who finished in 3rd position, into the final round of the championship in Brazil next week.

11 constructors' championships in 35 years for Renault engines :

2012: Red Bull Racing (Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber), Renault engine

2011: Red Bull Racing (Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber), Renault engine

2010: Red Bull Racing (Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber), Renault engine

2006: Renault F1 Team (Fernando Alonso & Giancarlo Fisichella)

2005: Renault F1 Team (Fernando Alonso & Giancarlo Fisichella)

1997: Williams-Renault (Jacques Villeneuve & Heinz-Harald Frentzen)

1996: Williams-Renault (Damon Hill & Jacques Villeneuve)

1995: Benetton-Renault (Michael Schumacher & Johnny Herbert)

1994: Benetton-Renault (Michael Schumacher & Jos Verstappen)

1993: Williams-Renault (Alain Prost & Damon Hill)

1992: Williams-Renault (Nigel Mansell & Riccardo Patrese)

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