Renault is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Formula 1 debut over the course of this weekend’s Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
Renault’s Formula 1 debut came at the 1977 British Grand Prix where Jean-Pierre Jabouille unleashed the first-ever turbo-charged Formula 1 car, the RS01. Jabouille will be reunited with the RS01 to drive laps of the Monaco track on Friday 26th May.
Joining Jabouille will be four-time Formula 1 champion, Renault Ambassador and Renault Sport Racing Special Advisor Alain Prost. Prost will be reunited with his R.E.40, Renault’s first carbon fibre chassis, in which he won four races (Paul Ricard, Spa, Silverstone, Österreichring), en route to narrowly missing out on winning the 1983 World Drivers’ Championship by two points.
Highlighting the unique expertise Renault has gained in the course of the 40 years since its Formula 1 debut Renault Sport Formula One Team driver, Nico Hülkenberg, will drive the eagerly anticipated All-New Mégane R.S in its first official public appearance. Due to be released at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the All-New Mégane R.S. will be presented in a special yellow and black livery.
Renault Sport Formula One Team plans a number of events to highlight Renault’s forty-year Formula 1 provenance, with celebration partner initiatives and the presence of guests who have played an active role in Renault’s Formula 1 success.
“Renault is proud of its position as one of the most historic brands in Formula 1,’’ according to Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing. ‘’Over the past forty years our involvement has taken many forms, ranging from the ground-breaking RS01 V6 Turbo, the V10 engine, through the record-breaking V8 era through to our current venture with Renault Sport Formula One Team.
‘’In Monaco we will celebrate our forty year history, however our focus is firmly on the future. We recently showcased our vision of a potential Formula 1 future with the R.S.2027 Vision and we are dedicated to our ongoing role in Formula 1,’’ said Mr. Stoll.
“Monaco is an iconic venue infused with Formula 1 history. Formula 1 is a technological and human adventure to which Renault brings tremendous passion,’’ said Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director.
‘’Over the past forty years we have used Formula 1 as a laboratory for testing new technical innovations, such as the introduction of the turbo-charger to the sport with our very first Formula 1 car, the RS01. We also showcase the latest manifestation of this with the first glimpse of the exciting All-New Mégane Renault Sport with Nico Hülkenberg,’’ Mr Abiteboul added.