Sebastian Vettel’s win for Red Bull Racing at the Indian Grand Prix brought the total of Renault-engined wins in Formula 1 to 150. The manufacturer is third in the overall standings, only 16 behind Ford/Cosworth.
Renault entered F1 in 1977 as a constructor and has achieved success in both this capacity and as an engine supplier. After making its debut at Silverstone in July 1977, it secured its first win in France in 1979, and has achieved wins with every type of engine fielded, with wins shared by the 1.5-litre V6 turbo, the 3.5 and 3.0-litre V10s, and the current 2.4-litre V8.
Jean-François Caubet, managing director of Renault Sport F1, commented, ‘With this win we reach the second milestone in two races. After securing our 200th pole in Korea we now have a total of 150 wins from a little over 500 GP starts. That’s a hit rate of 30% of all races entered. Everyone at Viry can take pride in the fact that every engine type we have entered – from the V6 to the open V10 and back to the current V8s has won multiple races and, in most cases, championships. It shows the strength and depth of the resources we have and our ability to adapt. We’d like to thank, once more, all our teams and drivers who have given us the opportunity to shine like this.’
Renault Wins 1979-2012
1.5 V6 Turbo: 20
3.5 V10: 38
3.0 V10: 47
2.4 V8: 45
Vettel: 25 | Hill: 21 | Alonso: 17 | Prost: 16 | Mansell: 15 | Villeneuve: 11 | Schumacher: 9 | Webber: 9 | Arnoux: 4 | Senna: 4 | Patrese: 4 | Boutsen: 3 | Jabouille: 2 | Herbert: 2 | Fisichella 2 | De Angelis: 1 | Coulthard: 1 | Frentzen: 1 | Berger: 1 | Trulli: 1 | Maldonado: 1
Williams: 64 | Red Bull: 33 | Renault (Enstone): 20 | Renault (France): 15 | Benetton: 12 | Lotus: 5