Sports | 14 October 2013

Renault sets new F1 poles record

by Groupe Renault

Mark Webber’s pole position at Japanese GP 2013 for Infiniti Red Bull Racing took Renault’s total number of poles in the FIA Formula One World Championship to 209, a new record for the most pole positions held by an engine manufacturer. The previous record of 208 had been set by Ferrari. 

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Mark Webber, Suzuka 2013, day 1 - photo : DPPI

Renault has competed in F1 since 1977 with involvement spanning the V6 turbo, V10 and V8 engine eras. To date Renault-powered cars have won 160 Grands Prix and 11 Constructors’ titles, with 7 drivers using the engine en route to 10 drivers’ crowns.

Renault has competed in Formula 1 since 1977, with its engines contesting 514 races to date. Over 40% of those races have seen a Renault-powered car start from the front spot on the grid. When compared to the current engine manufacturers, Ferrari’s strike rate is 23% and Mercedes’ 28%.

The first pole position was scored by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the Renault RS01 at South Africa in 1979.

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Japanese Grand Prix 2013 : Vettel and Webber (IRBR) 1-2 - photo : DPPI

The 2013 Japanese Grand Prix has been fruitful for Renault Sport F1 since Renault engines secured a podium lockout thanks to Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing),Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team)ont monopolisé le podium grâce aux performances de Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team). Only title missing now is the much awaited world championship for Vettel and for Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

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