Les Ulis, 24 march 2017 – Don’t be surprised if you fail to stay on Margot Laffite’s tail. When you have a surname like that, life tends to unfold at high speed. A very talented driver, she involved alongside Renault Sport in 2014. “It’s a partnership that’s very important to me, because Renault Sport share the same values as I do when it comes to motorsport”, said Margot.
It’s only natural, then, that the partnership should be extended. “We’re delighted to have Margot remain part of the Renault Sport family,” said Eric Bernard, Commercial & Communications Director Renault Sport Cars. “With her driving pedigree, she’s perfectly suited to the position. As well as being a consummate professional, she brings a breath of fresh air to the role and lots of enthusiasm in projecting the products and values of Renault Sport. We also pay close attention to her impartial views on our products.”
As in previous years, Margot Laffite will be a regular presence at Renault Sport events, including the upcoming Track Day at Spa-Francorchamps on 24 April. In the meantime, her many fans can find her on the small screen covering the Formula 1 Grand Prix season on Canal+ and presenting the programme V6 on AB Moteurs.
Three questions for Margot Laffite…
Can you tell us about your partnership with Renault Sport ?
“I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in a wide range of events since 2014 : competitions, track days, trade shows, end-of-season galas and the like. All these events have one thing in common : they give us the opportunity to share special moments with genuine enthusiasts. There’s a great atmosphere at Renault Sport Track Days because everyone comes together to share their passion and have fun driving great cars. We’re going to step up our presence in traditional and social media this year too. I’m also proud and happy to be able bring on board the charity Du Sport et Plus, which works to improve the everyday lives of sick children, for some events.”
What’s your everyday car ?
“I’m driving a Megane GT now. The five doors are really practical when you’ve got a baby seat. The GT strikes a great balance. It looks good and it offers excellent performance for everyday driving.”
The Formula One season starts this weekend. How do you think the Renault Sport Formula One Team will fare ?
“It’s hard to say how teams will do on the basis of the Barcelona tests. If there’s one thing for sure it’s that Renault has been able to start afresh this year, unlike 2016, when they had to work with an existing chassis. I think that the Renault Sport Formula One Team will be able to show all their know-how and turn the corner, especially with a driver of the calibre of Nico Hülkenberg on board. Let’s see what happens this weekend in Melbourne.”
Margot on the Renault Sport range…
Twingo GT : “The Twingo is still a legendary car in my eyes. The GT is fun and cute and a real pleasure to drive. I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious it is.”
Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy : “The word that comes to mind is ‘efficient’. It’s got just enough power for it to be a fun drive and the chassis really keeps understeer in check.”
Clio Cup : “I’ve been lucky enough to drive it in a few races, but it’s really hard to go that fast. The secret is to really warm up the rear tyres so that the car stays nicely balanced.”
Megane GT : “It’s the ideal car for everyday driving, with its five doors, which are absolutely essential when you have a little family like me. Thanks to 4Control, the handling is just amazing.”
Megane R.S. : “My favourite car. The Megane III R.S. really offered a sporty drive. The chassis was incredible and overall it was every bit as good as anything the so-called high-end manufacturers have to offer. I can’t wait to see the next version.”