Introduction

After returning to Formula 1™ in 2001, Renault gradually moved up through the field, eventually claiming its first race wins in 2003 and 2004. The following year, Renault was officially aiming for the world championship title. Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso were tasked with leading the team to glory in an R25 designed to meet the new regulations. The new car boasted an innovative front suspension system to combat the outlawing of tyre changes, improved aerodynamics and an engine capable of running in two successive Grand Prix. Despite pressure from Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes, Renault became the first mainstream manufacturer in F1™ history to win both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, an achievement they would then repeat in 2006.