Lotus -Renault



Base: Enstone, UK
Team Principal: Eric Boullier
Technical Chief: James Allison
Drivers: K Raikkonen

R Grosjean

Test Drivers: J D’Ambrosio
Chassis: E20
Engine: Renault
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1981
World Championships: 2
Highest race finish: 1st (x35)
Pole Positions: 51
Fastest Laps: 33

2012 Results

GP Pts. Total
Australia 6 6
Malaysia 10 16
China 8 24
Turkey 33 57
Spain 27 84
Monaco 2 86
Canada 22 108
Europe 18 126
Great Britain * *

Team History

Renault sell their final shares in team to Genii Capital, but continue engine supply and technical support. Group Lotus become title sponsors. Their star driver Robert Kubica misses the start of season after a rally crash. He is replaced by F1 veteran Nick Heidfeld, who initially struggles to compete with his less experienced team mate.
After an indifferent pace in pre-season testing, the R30 quickly emerges as a podium contender in the hands of Robert Kubica. Team mate Vitaly Petrov, Russia’s first F1 driver, puts in some stirring early performances, but lacks Kubica’s speed and consistency.The team finish fifth overall.
The team appear to go backwards, losing the late momentum of 2008. Even Alonso struggles to convert occasional strong grid slots into results. Piquet is dropped in August, to be replaced by reserve driver Grosjean. Flavio Briatore & Pat Symonds leave over conspiracy to cause deliberate crash by Piquet in ’08 Singapore race.
Fernando Alonso returns to partner rookie Nelson Piquet. His input helps to transform the R28 from a  lacklustre performer into a race winner, with back-to-back victories in Singapore and Japan, boosting the resurgent team to fourth in the standings with 80 points.
The departure of Fernando Alonso is accompanied by a marked decline in the team’s fortunes, finishing third overall, with 150 points less than in ’06. After a shaky start, rookie Kovalainen overshadows veteran Fisichella and scores the  team’s only podium in Japan.
Renault win seven of first nine races, then lose ground to Ferrari in second half of season after their controversial mass-damper systemis declared illegal. Nevertheless they  hold on to retain both drivers’ and constructors’ titles, before Fernando Alonso departs for McLaren.
Renault dominate  the early part of season and go on to win both titles, despite the superior pace of McLaren in later races. Fernando Alonso is crowned as the youngest-ever champion, while Renault become first mainstream automaker to take constructors’ honours.
Their win at the Monaco Grand Prix gives Jarno Trulli his only visit to the top step of the podium to date, but they  then part company with the Italian with three races to go after a run of poor performances. They draft in Jacques Villeneuve as his replacement but, having been away from F1 for almost a whole season, he fails to get up to speed in time to prevent BAR from edging them from second in the championship.
Renault emerge as a regular, if not quite constant, threat to the big three teams. Fernando Alonso takes two pole positions, plus victory in Hungary but it’s not enough to avert a lonely fourth place finishin the constructors’ championship.
They enjoy a strong debut season with a run of points finishes giving them fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
The Benetton team announce that they will become the official Renault works squad from 2002.
After success as an engine supplier, Renault decide to withdraw from the sport again, although the company begins negotiations to buy-out an existing team.
Renault engines dominate the championships of the mid 1990s, powering Williams and Benetton to all constructors’ championships between 1992 and 1997.
Renault return as an engine supplier with the Williams team.
Renault withdraw fully from Formula One racing.
The team withdraw from the sport as a manufacturer, but still supply engines to Lotus.
Alain Prost takes four wins and the team finish second in the constructors’ championship.
Renault hire Alain Prost to drive for the team.
Jean Pierre Jabouille scores Renault’s – and the turbocharger’s – first win at the French Grand Prix, and team mate Rene Arnoux finishes third. The team finish the season sixth in the constructors’ championship.
Jabouille manages fourth place in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, giving the team their only points of the season.
Renault make their debut at the British Grand Prix, entering a single car driven by Jean Pierre Jabouille. The team enter another four Grands Prix that season, but score no points.
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