The conclusion of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship marks the end of a challenging but ultimately productive year for Renault Sport F1.
Sweeping changes to engine regulations ahead of the season – with the V8 units replaced by advanced turbocharged V6s featuring radical new energy harvesting technologies – presented the team at Viry-Châtillon with a fresh and unique set of challenges.
“We’ve had a baptism of fire this year,” commented Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul.
“F1 set itself incredibly high standards with the new engine regulations. We endured a difficult testing period and first few races, but it’s a testament to the sport, and the people who dedicate their lives to it, that all its engine manufacturers managed to deliver technologies compliant with the regulations and standards required by Formula One. No one would have expected such a level of competitiveness after pre-season testing.
“As far as we are concerned, everyone at Viry and our partners – technical and teams – put a huge amount of effort into taking such important strides over a short period of time. We reassessed our goals and made a series of tweaks to gradually regain the reliability and performance we expect of ourselves. Three wins and so many points are the result of our non-stop hard work.”
Part 2 – Tuesday, 9 December