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F1 team review - Renault

Team Lotus 2009 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
Race Date Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 29 Mar 2009 4 4
Malaysian GP 5 Apr 2009 0 4
Chinese GP 19 Apr 2009 0 4
Bahrain GP 26 Apr 2009 1 5
Spanish GP 10 May 2009 4 9
Monaco GP 24 May 2009 2 11
Turkish GP 7 Jun 2009 0 11
British GP 21 Jun 2009 0 11
German GP 12 Jul 2009 2 13
Hungarian GP 26 Jul 2009 0 13
European GP 23 Aug 2009 3 16
Belgian GP 30 Aug 2009 0 16
Italian GP 13 Sep 2009 4 20
Singapore GP 27 Sep 2009 6 26
Japanese GP 4 Oct 2009 0 26
Brazilian GP 18 Oct 2009 0 26
Abu Dhabi GP 1 Nov 2009 0 26

"Renault have had a very difficult season. Their car has not been competitive and, in the Singapore race-fixing scandal, they have been engulfed in one of the biggest cheating scandals in motor racing, if not all of sport.

Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr
Nationality: French
Headquarters Enstone (UK) and Paris (France)
Debut season 1977
Test driver: Romain Grosjean
Team principal: Flavio Briatore
Technical director: Bob Bell
Engine: Renault V8
Total Grand Prix wins: 35
2008 position: 4th
Constructors' titles 2

"It is very hard to believe that such a thing could happen. Renault have been quite lucky to come out of it relatively unscathed, because after all the people involved in it were employed by them.

"Flavio Briatore lost his position as team principal as part of the fall-out and he will be missed. He was a great character. But he will regret having been involved. He has let down not just himself, but the team and the sport.

"It is now thing of the past, but it has had a huge effect on the team.

"Romain Grosjean, whose promotion in place of Nelson Piquet Jr led to the scandal, has not been a match for Fernando Alonso or even Piquet. So Renault have effectively been a one-car team - and that is a huge psychological blow.

"But there are some reasons for optimism for the future. I have huge respect for Bob Bell, who has been standing in as team principal, and it would appear that Renault are as committed to F1 as ever.

"I would imagine they would employ a senior French sporting figure as the team principal - perhaps Jean-Pierre Jabouille, who won Renault's first ever Grand Prix."

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Constructors' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Team Points
1 Mercedes 765
2 Red Bull 468
3 Ferrari 398
4 Force India 173
5 Williams 138
6 McLaren 76
7 Toro Rosso 63
8 Haas F1 29
9 Lotus 8
10 Sauber 2

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see also
Renault's F1 history
04 Mar 09 |  Formula 1

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